There are essentially 7 different methods that can be used to start locs. The best method for you depends greatly on the combination of your hair texture, hair length, and desired end result/size. I want to be very clear that every hair texture can form “locs” with time, patience, and proper care. The commonality of each technique is that the hair will go through the phases of locking, but the difference is how they will look during the evolution.
The 7 Methods to Start Locs
1. Starting Locs With Two Strand Twists
Locs can be started with two strand twists with as little as 4 inches of hair, and it is often the go to method for longer hair or highly textured hair. Starting locs with two strand twists will give the locs a solid internal foundation and create thicker locs, depending on the size of the two-strand twists.
The lines of the two strand twists can take 6 months – 2 years to completely disappear and produce the appearance of solid locs.
What to expect:
In the beginning, your twists may unravel at the ends, so it is important to always maintain the locs from root to ends. Locs that are started with two strand twists can use palm rolling or comb twisting for maintenance.
RELATED: Advice for Starting Locs With Two-Strand Twists
2. Starting Locs With Braids / Plaits
Locs can be started with braids / plaits with at least 5 inches of hair of any texture. Braid Locs, as they’re called, are ideal for individuals that sweat a lot in their scalp or that wish to maintain their locs with interlocking.
The braided pattern in the hair can take at least 1 year to disappear, and with longer hair the pattern may never fully disappear. Also, keep in mind, because the braiding pattern produces more of a linear aesthetic the resulting locs may be flat in appearance rather than circular.
What to expect:
In the beginning, your braids may unravel at the ends. You can remedy this by styling your locs after a maintenance session or by threading the ends. Locs that are started with braids / plaits can use palm rolling or interlocking for maintenance.
3. Starting Locs With Comb Coils
To start locs with comb coils, you only need about 2-3 inches of hair (depending on your desired end result) and they can be done on any texture of hair. This method utilizes a comb to create uniform coils around your head, which are often the go to technique for pencil-sized traditional locs.
While shorter lengths will lock fairly quickly with this method, starting locs with comb coils on longer lengths of hair will take longer to lock because the inside of the comb coil is hollow and the coil has to mesh together internally first to begin loc’ing.
What to Expect:
Comb coils can be sensitive to water with soft textures so you want to be sure to only wet them when you’re shampooing them to prevent them from coming undone. Once the ends are sealed and there is a bud on the end, this method “looks like locs” the quickest.
This method is commonly used amongst Caucasians, or individuals with naturally straight hair, because it involves teasing the hairs to “create” an internal intertwining of hairs, then palm rolling it into the shape of a loc. I’m personally biased towards backcombing because that’s how I started my current set of locs and it worked out perfectly for my soft, fine hair texture.
If you don’t maintain the locs properly in the beginning you can have “blow-outs” or budding on the shaft of the locs instead of the ends.
What to Expect:
Backcombing gives you “instant locs” that are easy to maintain using the palm-rolling or comb twisting methods.
5. Interlocking / Sisterlocks
Starting locs with interlocking or installing Sisterlocks are for people
with very active lifestyles who want their locs to appear neat the majority of the time and don’t want to be bothered with maintenance themselves. This method involves using a tool or your fingers to interweave the loc through itself.
The resulting locs are often micro to small in size. Also, depending on your texture of hair, it can take 6 months to 2+ years before your hair is fully locked.
What to Expect:
Interlocking basically creates the internal structure of the loc first and then all the shed hairs accumulate around that matrix, and because of this the locs will swell in size first, as they’re maturing, and then shrink down in size.
6. Loc Extensions
For people that don’t want to go through the “ugly phase” of locs and instantly want the appearance of long, cultivated locs this method is for you. You can attach loc extensions with human hair fibers, synthetic fibers, or someone else’s locs. The option of Loc Extensions are available for all types of locs expect Sisterlocks / Brotherlocks and you can maintain the nu growth with palm rolling, interlocking, or comb twisting.
If you use synthetic fibers to start your journey, the locs will be heavier and you’ll be limited from any coloring unless you cut the extensions off. Also, with the instantaneous cultivation of locs through extensions, you will never get the full experience of growing your hair into maturity, so it can be hard to relate to others in the loc’d community.
What to Expect:
Although your extensions will be “loc’d” your hair/roots will need to go through the locking process, and anyone with locs will tell you that it includes frizz (but you skipped the hard part)!
RELATED: What are Loc Extensions?
You can organically start your locs in several ways, whether you shampoo your hair and never detangle it again or use a curl sponge and let your locs form on their own. Freeform locs are free to grow how they please and you don’t separate them from each other, instead you let the hair dictate the look.
You never know how your locs will turn out— for some that is the beauty of the journey and others it can be unsettling and a learned appreciation.
What to Expect:
You will never have to worry about your hair as long as you freeform, you literally just embrace the journey.
RELATED: Best Products for Starter Locs
With methods 1-6, if you’re starting with a natural hair care professional it is recommended that you return to the salon at least 4-6 weeks after your initial installation, for at least the first 6 months, to ensure the locking process is successfully beginning and to remedy any issues. Trust me, waiting 6 months to go back to the salon and realizing you have issues that could have been corrected months ago is very heartbreaking and costly. As long as you’re patient, cultivating locs is a very fun and revealing process, and you’ll learn a lot about your hair and yourself throughout the journey!
What method did you choose to start your locs? And Why?
November 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm
I started with two strand twist.
May 26, 2020 at 6:20 pm
I chose sisterlocs because of the relatively low maintenance, I was tired of taking down styles, having to think what my next style was going to be and who was going to do it. I was tired of being natural but not fully embracing my naturalness. I haven’t had a perm in over ten years but I could count on one hand how many times I wore my hair out in public. My coworker had them and I thought they were so beautiful. I love micro braids and that’s what they reminded me of. We talked about them off and on over a year before she moved to Houston. For my 39th birthday I told her I wanted her to do my install (she’s certified loctician). She’s telling me she has someone for me closer to where I am and I tell her “heck naw, if I’m going to embark on this journey I want it to be with the person I’ve been watching for a year.” Lol I made a year in my journey Apr 2020 and I have never regretted my decision. Covid made me appreciate them even more frfr. I have 2 girls at home and babygirl has enough hair for 2 people on top of that..she’s tenderheaded. The struggle was so real smh. I sat them down (8,10) showed them pictures, explained that they wouldn’t have to keep taking their hair down and get it redone, they would be able to style their hair they way they wanted (I always did it for them), and they could take them out if they wanted.. when they got grown tho lol Again, best decision EVER!
May 27, 2020 at 11:21 pm
That’s beautiful! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the journey!
November 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm
Mine were started as small traditionals with interlocking
November 27, 2015 at 1:56 am
I just started mine with comb coils, I appreciate you outlining the pro’s and con’s to each. I’m SO mad at myself that I hadn’t discovered your site and yt channel sooner and I’m always retweeting your post on @kollectivekoils… time to bindge watch and get some inspo for these little coils lol thank you!!!! http://www.hellocharmaine.com
December 1, 2015 at 4:32 am
Thank you SOOOO much for coming to my blog and showing love; it is definitely much appreciated! Please let me know what questions, concerns, and trimuphs you have as you embark on your new journey with locs!
July 15, 2020 at 10:09 am
I’ve been natural for 7yrs I would love to just two strand twist and let it do its thing. But might not work. I like the siterlock size but hate seeing my scalp
July 20, 2020 at 4:04 am
Microlocs may be a better option! Check out this post What Are The Different Types of Microlocs?
December 13, 2015 at 10:30 am
Thank youfor showing some love to backcombing. I had mine started that way by a loctician. It worked well for my soft fine hair as well.
December 14, 2015 at 7:11 am
Yeah, I enjoyed starting with backcombing.
March 30, 2020 at 11:53 pm
I have very soft and straight curly hair. And I want to sisterloc lock. What do I do? Do I start with twists?
May 17, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Sisterlocks are a patented hair locking method, so you would need to visit the Sisterlocks.com website and located a trained Sisterlocks Consultant to perform the installation. Sisterlocks cannot be started with twists.
December 25, 2015 at 11:24 am
I just started mine a week ago. I used the loc extensions. Thanks for the info!
January 1, 2016 at 8:09 am
I started my locs almost 2 years ago with loc extensions using human hair. I was natural for 5 years before I decide to finally loc my hair. It didn’t take long for my hair/roots to go through the loc process and yes I did have frizz. I am so happy that I have had a licensed cosmetologist and loctician to help me not only start my locs but help me maintain them as well. I wish I had loc my hair sooner, I love them.
January 5, 2016 at 11:06 am
I started with loc extensions, i’ve had them for about 18 months…my hair was pretty long prior to the loc extensions but I wanted more manageable hair(or maybe I was just vain). In any case I want to take the extension off but my hair ends inside the extension have NOT loc’d but my roots are loc’d.
Can I take the extension of an palm roll from here on out? Any suggestions or help?
I should have started the regular way but I wanted what I wanted…
January 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm
I love your work and im so glad I stumbled upon your site!
Im thinking about starting my locs from 2 strand- should I keep my hair dry or wet it? And what’s your suggestions on keeping the hair moisturized during the start up and maintenance process?
Thanks! Your suggestions thus far have been helpful (especially about the size of the twist)
January 16, 2016 at 2:30 am
Hi, thank you for the info. It is very informative. I started mine two weeks ago with comb coils. They seem really skinny at the moment. I like medium to thick locs. My natural hair is a type 4c, thick and full but with medium to fine strands. I was wondering if using two strand twists produces thicker locs VS comb twists. Would you be able to advice on this? Thank you
November 24, 2016 at 2:01 am
Thank you for reading the article! Yes, two-strand twists will always produce a thicker/more solid loc than comb coils. You can learn more in this video on “Comb Coils vs Two-Strand Twists“.
Starting Locs With Two-Strand Twists
January 25, 2016 at 2:01 am
[…] Still not decided on starting your locs with two-strand twists? I recommend reading the “7 Methods to Start Locs: Advantages, Disadvantages and Drawbacks“. […]
February 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm
free form. which would essentially reveal the patterns of our lives (Freeing your DNA)
releasing free of identity and personality to fill my being with peace and ancestral love, no desires to see or visualize each step or turn out. just flow with creation, like a flower.
February 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm
I just started mine, quite literally. And am doing quite small two strand twists. Not so sure if I should wash them at the end of the week or not?
November 24, 2016 at 2:10 am
You can shampoo your hair at anytime.
March 10, 2016 at 12:02 am
My first set were interlocked. Took those out within 5-6 weeks. My second set were started with comb coils & although they came out beautifully, the beginning stages were so frustrating (re: depending on a stylist, unravelling locs after each wash for first 3-5 months). My third set will be back-combed…. or maybe a combo of back-combing & comb coils. We’ll see. I love your page! Thanks for always posting useful & user-friendly information =).
March 17, 2016 at 12:59 am
I started with comb coils first but my hair is super soft and straight in the front so it didn’t take well at all, did plaits next and couldn’t stand the braids lol, this time I did 2 strand twist and a year in I’m so glad I did it this way even though I had to knot the ends of some of my twists in the beginning
April 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Thanks for the good information…I just started my locs by the coil method and want to know what I can use for itching? I have bought some oils like argan and olive oil to use for now. Please help…
November 24, 2016 at 2:30 am
Thank you for reading the article! Oil will not help with itching. I would suggest a scalp astringent, such as the “PURE SCALP“
May 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm
I’m three years in with my locs & my hair is a fine texture. I’m looking for a good product as far as retighting the roots. Can you tell me a good product that would give me a good firm hold & tightness to my loc. Plus, no build up, too.
September 4, 2016 at 4:26 am
You don’t want your locs to be firm. Your hair will loc on its own. Product is just meant to add shine or nourish the hair. Anything with “firm hold” or “locking hair faster” will likely cause build up because it contains waxes that get trapped in the hair. If you want your hair to be tighter, I would suggest you try maintaining them with interlocking instead of palm Rolling.
July 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm
If you start your locs by interlocking, will you still be able to comb out your locs?
July 15, 2016 at 11:34 am
Yes absolutely, I picked my Sisterlocks out with a thumbtack. However, length retention depends on how well you cared for your locs.
July 15, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Thanks for your reply! 🙂
July 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
I started my locs journey today, via two-strand twist. I chose this option because of the length of my hair.
Thank you for providing this guidance on the methods for achieving locs.
August 12, 2016 at 8:12 am
Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your journey! Come by again soon 🙂
August 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm
I started with two strand twists, I didn’t like it at first but I just had my first maintenance today and I think it was the best method for my hair texture (3c/4a). I look forward to the maintenance every two weeks, it really enhances my naturally could texture ☺️
September 4, 2016 at 4:10 am
Every two weeks is wayyyyy too often for maintenance. If you don’t feel like you can wait 3-4 weeks for a retwist, you may want to consider interlocking. There are several loc journeys on YouTube of people that were retwisting every two weeks and eventually caused alopecia (balding). Be careful.
October 23, 2016 at 10:58 am
What method Jocelyn, would you recommend for multi texture natural hair? Been natural for almost 4 years. Any suggestions?
November 24, 2016 at 1:40 am
Everyone has multiple textures in their head, the method depends on your lifestyle and desired outcome.
August 25, 2016 at 10:49 am
I’m so glad that I decided to look this up, and came across your page…What a Blessing! I started my process somewhat over a week ago with Bantu knots, but because I had a job interview I took them down and left them as curls….then the ends started unraveling a day or so afterwards, so I double stranded the ends on some of them, and palm rolled some of the other ones not a good look. So this morning I decided that I’m going to figure out how to loc them in a uniformed manner….So grateful that you wrote this blog Queen, I found my method (That I’d completely forgot about), interlocking, and I’m excited about this process again
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
September 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Thank you for such an informational blog! I am six months into my journey by comb coiling, using natural oils and my hair was very long down my back starting and I cut alot of my straight dead ends from blow outs over time. So it went from bra strap length to about mid shoulder blades about 4 inches. But it was well worth it and it feels so healthy and I am excited for them to fully mature!
September 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Your article is very informative. I have two strand stwist in now. They have been in for two weeks. My scalp is really itching even with using olive and avacado oils. What should I do now?
November 24, 2016 at 1:48 am
Thank you for reading! Oils do not soothe or stop itching. You should shampoo your hair to help relieve the itching and look into investing a scalp astringent, such as the “PURE SCALP“
May 28, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Can I start mine with plants and two strand twist the ends
June 1, 2020 at 9:44 pm
You can. There will be a slight indentation depending on how much of your hair you plait and also which grooming method you chose.
September 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm
I am so glad i came across this article, it was very insightful. I have wanted locs since I was 10 yrs old but never committed to the journey. I am a few months shy of turning 30 and feel it’s time to start this journey. I was considering extensions because I am growing out and undercut and don’t want to look weird. But I also want to be part of the loc community. I’m a bit torn but I thank you for this article.
November 24, 2016 at 1:45 am
Thank you so much for reading! Do whatever makes you happy!
September 19, 2016 at 10:37 am
I am thrilled with all have read so far! I want to start the journey my hair is relaxed though getting due and I don’t want to cut, what do I do and can I make do with two strands twist as a startup?
Looking forward to read from you! And please how to I maintain it,am in Nigeria.
November 24, 2016 at 1:44 am
Thank you for reading the article! Unfortunately, you cannot start locs with relaxed hair. If you are anxious to start and don’t want to cut your hair, I would recommend that you look into permanent loc extensions.
September 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm
Thanks for this posting, very informative. I just started my loc journey a month ago, and I’m preparing to go for my first retwist. My locs were started by a loctician in Atlanta (I love in Ohio) and she started them with 2 strand twists, interlocked at the root. I’m not sure if when I go for my apt if I should go with palm rolling or interlocking. I’m leaning toward interlocking because I will need to wash my hair often, due to a scalp condition. BUT I don’t want lumpy locs. In your experience does interlocking cause lumps as opposed to palm rolling? Is it safe to go back and forth between the 2 or should I stick with one method?
November 24, 2016 at 1:43 am
Hi Detra! I would suggest that you read the article about switching between interlocking and palm-rolling to get a better understanding of the differences and outcomes. I hope that helps!
October 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm
Hello Jocelyn! My hair is natural so what do you think would be the best method for me?
November 24, 2016 at 1:41 am
The method depends on your lifestyle and desired outcome. If you want your locs to be tamed as much as possible, I would suggest you look more into interlocking and/or mircolocs.
October 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm
Hello Jocelyn! I would like them to be neat.
October 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm
Hi I started my locs with the interlocking method in August of this yr. I am excited and appreciate your post. I feel so free!
November 24, 2016 at 1:41 am
Congratulations on your new journey! You’re going to love it!
November 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm
I chose microlocs/interlocking method. Best decision ever! Sister locs were a tad too small. I sweat a lot and have a 1yr old as I’m a 1st time mother so my time I’d VERY limited. Plus I’ve been natural for over 7years and have always wanted locs I just didn’t know it was so many ways to start them. This journey is amazing.
November 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm
I begin my loc journey November 2, 2016! Yes I’m a neewbie!!!
November 24, 2016 at 1:33 am
Congratulations on your new journey! Sending you love and strength (through the journey of locs and motherhood)! xo
November 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm
This article is extremely informative to me as I contemplate taking this journey. My hesitation is because I have very thin hair and also a nearly bald spot at the top of my head. I am trying to figure out if this will work for me. Lots of anxiety.
November 29, 2016 at 11:43 pm
I’m glad the article was helpful for you! If you would like a consultation to discuss your options, let me know!
December 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm
Thank you so much. Will consider look into it.
December 12, 2016 at 9:57 am
First set was comb coils. They lasted a week because O was ready to lose my mind without being able to wash my hair in that heat. 2nd back comb but the style gave me such a headache and I didn’t like the way they looked. 3rd and final set braids. Put in my self and it has been 3 years and they look good to me.
January 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm
What age do you recommend starting locs for kiddies? I have a lil girl – she’s only two and I’m a lil worried she
may be to young. Her hair is still growing and she has a few bald spots. I’m thinking to start off with coils/ two strand twists to see where that takes us. What do you think ? I’d love to hear your recommendations. Thanks so much x
February 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm
I do not recommend starting locs before the age of 6 because the hair is rapidly changing from birth through childhood and toddlers also tend to play very hard which would attract a lot of lint and buildup in the locs.
January 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm
I have a quick question – If I start with the braids, can those ever be taken out?
Thanks for such an informative blog!! Great info!
February 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm
Yes you can always remove or comb out locs, but your length retention will depend on product usage and the health of your hair which it way it is very important to develop a healthy loc regimen in the beginning.
January 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm
Braids. I tried comb coils and backcombing and just about lost my mibd after a week of not being able to wash my hair with the coils. 3 days with the headache from back combing and the severly tight style she put them in. Hated the way the looked after I took them out the style. So I combed them out and braided my hair myself. 3+ years and they are below my shoulders.
April 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm
Hey Miss Jocelyn! I just made an appointment today to start my loc journey. It’s in a little less than 2 weeks. My hair is natural, tightly coiled, and shoulder length (when blow dried).
I’d eventually like the locs to be more natural and organic looking, and thick.
Which method would you suggest for me?
April 25, 2017 at 11:50 pm
Hopefully you scheduled a consultation and not just an appointment to start locs on the first day. At the consultation your Loctician should discuss what would be best for your hair. If you haven’t scheduled a consultation or they don’t offer one, you can book one with me virtually at http://bit.ly/vrconsultation
August 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm
Hi! I am starting locs this weekend however I am so confused as to which to use. I have very thick shoulder length 4c hair and am a college student, so i will be walking alot in the sun. But, i heard that with two strand twists, there is a big chance of bunching. Have you heard of that? The bunching vs budding thing?
August 9, 2017 at 9:21 am
Yeah bunching can occur with twists, coils and braids depending on your texture and products you’re using.
July 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm
Thank you for this article. My ten-year-old is having a consultation tomorrow. Last week I installed coils but her sister took them out because they’re weren’t enough of them. We thought about how many she should have as an adult and realized she didn’t have enough (40). We live in a small town and our options are limited. I want her to love her hair and didn’t want her to go theough the ugly stage when she went back to school. Are coils the best choice? She plays competitive soccer. Will her coils stay if they begin this week and she starts playing in the fall? She has thin hair which fall to the most of her neck
July 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm
Hi Alison! I would definitely suggest twists because she is so active and also young. Twists will allow you to shampoo more freely and still style.
I understand how it can be hard to manage on your own…. to help I have a full online workshop that teaches you how to maintain the starter locs and shampoo them. Let me know if you’re interested!
August 29, 2018 at 7:16 pm
Thank u for this informative article. Im planning on installing my locs myself on thick long hair, but I’m not that good with comb coiling. Can I two strand twist the root and finger coil the rest of the way?
January 22, 2019 at 1:01 am
Just start with twists. It is better for longer hair.
December 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
This blog was so helpful. I’ve been debating to or not to dread. I really want to but I am not looking forward to that “ugly phase”.
I do have a question.
I have 4c hair about neck length. What locking method do you feel is best for 4c hair?
January 7, 2019 at 10:51 pm
The best method will depend on more than what type of hair you have. You also have to consider the type of lifestyle you have (budget, frequency of exercise, etc.) and the desired size/outcome of your locs.
December 29, 2018 at 8:33 pm
This was a great article that I wish I read a month ago lol. I started my loc journey 4 weeks ago today (yay!) using comb coils. I have 4c and fine, dense hair that I believe is also soft. I feel like maybe I should’ve gone the interlock or two-strand twist route but this is what my loctician felt would be the best. Got my retwist done today and it’s looking good but I’m worried about working out. Any suggestions to keep me from messing up the progress I’ve made so far? There’s already some budding happening but I don’t wanna push it by sweating too much…I sweat a lot in my scalp and struggle with psoriasis 🙁 Any help would be great thanks!
January 7, 2019 at 10:37 pm
Hi Alex! Congratulations on your new journey with locs! I would highly suggesting investing in a “Fitness Bundle” to help protect your locs while working out and take a look at this article “What No One Tells You About Exercising With Locs“.
January 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm
My 1st time was done with 2 strand twists. I had them for 2 years and loved them, until I got “the claw.” I was really upset and just chopped it all off. 5 years and 2 more chops later, I’m ready to try it again, and after ready this AMAZING post, I’m most interested in the coil method since my hair is still short.
Thank you so much for your enlightenment and giving me the needed push to begin my journey again!
January 22, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Of course Toya! Thank you for reading and best of luck on your new loc journey with coils!
January 21, 2020 at 9:17 am
I started my locs March 23rd 2018 with comb coils with about 2inches of hair and kept them for a year and a half. They were about 7inches when i decided i wanted to comb them out over the summer of 2019. I did braids for about 6-7 months and yesterday i two stranded my hair myself by taking out my plaits one by one and twisting them. Im ready to continue my loc journey, its an awesome experience.
January 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm
Wishing you the best on your new loc journey!
February 15, 2020 at 9:09 am
Can I start my locs with a finger coil?
May 17, 2020 at 10:10 pm
Yes you can! Finger coils and comb coils are very similar.
April 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm
My first set of locs were freeform but I’m considering coils for my second set.
April 6, 2020 at 9:04 am
I really enjoy your site as its given me so much information as I research starting locs. I have not started yet, but I’m thinking I will soon. I do have a question.
I currently have individual faux locs and it’ll be about 4 weeks or so soon. I start by 2 strand twisting my own hair (fine 4a/4b mix natural hair, shoulder length) than wrapping extension hair over them. Would I be able to loc my hair while still wearing faux locs over them? Its time for me to take these extensions out soon and I was thinking of leaving my hair twisted, maybe retwisting the roots and once dry, wrapping with extension hair. Yours thoughts/advice is greatly appreciated.
May 15, 2020 at 11:31 pm
Thank you for reading! I would absolutely, 100% advise you NOT to start locs with faux locs. The synthetic hair is too heavy and if you were to keep it in as your hair begins to loc it would cause thinning at the roots.
April 24, 2020 at 1:17 am
Thank you for your article! I have always wanted locs, so I decided to take the plunge and install two strand twists. They are on the smaller side. I have approximately 170. I don’t want to retwist. I want to interlock for maintenance. I’m getting confused with all of the things I’m reading online. Is it possible to interlock for maintenance while allowing my actual 2 strand twists to lock up naturally? I do understand that there may be two different ‘textures, ‘ where the two strand twists and interlocking meet. If it is possible, how would you recommend I interlock? Using 4, 3 or 2 point rotation?
April 24, 2020 at 1:29 am
Congratulations on your new journey! You can cultivate locs from two-strand twist using the interlocking method. I would encourage you to consider the “Interlocking Fundamentals” training to have a better understanding of what interlocking pattern would work best for your hair texture and also how to actually groom your locs during the interlocking process to ensure that they growing strong.
Here is the link to the workshop: https://nugrowth-academy.teachable.com/p/interlocking-fundamentals
April 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm
Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us!
I started my loc journey Feb 29 by installing kinky twists (synthetic) and crochet in the top because of thinning (alopecia). Since then, covid 19 took over and I haven’t been able to get maintenance. However, I have been reading your information and wondering if I made the right choice. A few have fallen out and I’m considering taking them all out and starting over with another method. I have very soft, curly, fine hair. Would two strand twists work better for me as well as covering my bald spot? I also suffer from graying. I need to be able to color my hair. Please help
May 17, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Hi Kecia! I would definitely say take the synthetic hair out. I had a client come to me with a similar start (alopecia in the crown and the synthetic hair loc extensions) and the fake hair made the thinning much worst.
May 6, 2020 at 2:22 am
Hello Jocelyn! I’ve been researching how to begin my loc journey and I am not finding answers to a few of my questions. Your article was so helpful I decided to ask your thoughts.
My hair is 4C, tightly coiled when wet, but shoulder length when blown out. I was thinking I would start with two strand twists and maintain with palm rolling. But, I have psoriasis and would need to wash my scalp every 1-1 and a half weeks. Would I able to maintain my local with this frequency of washing? Or should I consider interlocking instead. Thank you for your time!
May 7, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Hey Ashley! I’m glad you reached out! You most definitely can cultivate locs and keep your scalp healthy at the same time. Twists are a good method to start with, more so than coils, to allow you to shampoo your locs regularly. Interlocking is also a method that can work. I tend to recommend that you consider your lifestyle— are you able to commit to either paying to have your hair retightened every 6-8 weeks or do you have the time to invest in interlocking your hair yourself which can range from 6-12 hours depending on the size?!
May 14, 2020 at 1:05 am
Good day Must say I really enjoy your article,I have 4c hair 2inches can i still start my dread with comb coil
May 14, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Thank you for reading my blog! You can start with 2 inches. You just want to be very careful when washing the starter locs.
June 15, 2020 at 11:06 pm
I just started comb coils and I was wondering when people get the extensions does their hair grow into it as the persons hair grow or at some point do we cut the extension part out?
June 17, 2020 at 1:51 am
Generally, loc extensions are cut off after 5 years. Not necessarily because the hair isn’t meshed with it (because it should be) but rather your naturally cultivated hair should be long enough so that you no longer need extensions.
August 14, 2020 at 9:54 pm
I will be starting my loc journey really soon. I will be doing them myself with the two strand method. Should I do it while my hair is wet or dry?
August 18, 2020 at 11:41 pm
I vote wet!
August 18, 2020 at 11:33 pm
I have tried several times to start my locs with comb coils and my 3” hair is so soft they just slip right out when I wash them…even when I waited 5 itchy weeks to wash them. I have to wash my hair every other week or it scabs up. I also work in an office where I have to bypass the frizzy stage (wish they would have rooted when I tried while working remotely). I am POOR poor, so sisterlocks are out of the question. What method would you suggest?
August 18, 2020 at 11:39 pm
Firstly, you are not poor! You may be lacking in financial abundance but I am sure you are wealthy in so many other ways!
With regards to your hair, if it is as “soft” as you are describing you should wait until you have at least 5-6 inches of hair so that you can easily two-strand twists them and start that way. Much easier to wash and cultivate at home.
August 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm
Thank you so much for reminding me that I/we have worth that is not defined by money. Sometimes when I am struggling I forget. Thank you also for suggesting the 2-strand. I had a taper cut, almost a mohawk, that I’m trying to grow out. I am following you now and sharing with friends who ask about the journey. I appreciate you.
September 15, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Hi miss lady! I have a question. I had a sew in where most of my hair except the small section of side part for leave out was left out(with about 3 inch heat damage). The rest of my very natural coily, thick, fine strand hair is about 6-8inches long. I want micrlocs. I have about 2.5 inches of newgrowth underneath the heat damaged area. I dont want to cut the maybe…. 10% of heat damage for an odd shaped head of locs. Should I do the interlocking method for the micro locks ?and if I decided to take them down in say 15 years…. Could I ?
September 22, 2020 at 8:27 am
You can take down locs that are started with any method as long as they are properly cared for. As for your damaged hair, I would advise letting it go so that you have a strong foundation or waiting until it grows out long enough for you to cut it and feel comfortable.
September 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm
I have 4c hair and i want to start with the crochet method. Would that be ok?
September 22, 2020 at 8:31 am
Should be, you can check out this video for more info about the Crochet Method: Crochet Method FAQ
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September 20, 2020 at 9:28 pm
[…] Read this carefully, no matter how long you grow your hair out, your starters will do their own thing. When you first get them done you’ll get started locs, and if you’re just not patient you can get the instant locs. There are multiple ways that you can start your loc journey actually. You have starter locs, two strand twist, plats, comb coils, loc extensions, freeform, and back combing. I’m pretty sure there are other methods, but I’ll leave a link below so you can gain more knowledge on how to start. https://digitalloctician.com/7-methods-to-start-locs-drawbacks-what-to-expect/ […]
November 1, 2020 at 7:26 am
Thank goodness I came across this blog. I am getting ready to loc my hair for the first time. I have been confused with why lots looked differently. I hope my recommended hair technician is familiar with sisterloc. I’ve been on natural since 2013. Thanks again. This has been very helpful.
February 12, 2021 at 5:07 am
I’m happy to hear this article was helpful, welcome to the loc journey, and thank you for your support!
January 21, 2021 at 6:25 pm
Great article – thanks! I want to start approx 150-200 microlocs using 2 strand twists that I’ll braid at the ends so it doesn’t unravel. I have long hair with varying textures 4a-c. Is it OK to interlock the roots during the install and for maintenance after that? Interlocking the whole install is daunting to DIY. Thank you ♥
February 18, 2021 at 12:17 am
Thank you for reading! Yes that is okay but know that the braids and the interlock’d areas will look different because braids are flat and interlocking “locks” the hair in a cylindrical shape.
Check out this picture I shared on Instagram to visually see what I mean: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByVsO-8AVDM/
June 4, 2022 at 7:05 pm
This article is so informative! I’m wanting to transition from braids to locs. My hair is various lengths (2-5in). Would it be possible to ‘loc’ in human braiding hair to get started? Can that hair turn into a loc over time with my natural hair?
June 27, 2022 at 11:39 pm
So glad that you found the article helpful. I would advise against adding human braiding hair. Yes, it is lighter than synthetic hair but of it has fibers that will not perform as human hair. Just use your natural hair and enjoy the process!