7 Methods to Start Locs: Drawbacks & What to Expect

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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.

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The 7 Methods to Start Locs

1. Starting Locs With Two Strand Twists
Two-Strand Twists for Locs
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.

Drawbacks:
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
Starter Locs with Braid

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.

Drawbacks:
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.

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3. Starting Locs With Comb Coils
starter locs

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.



Drawbacks:
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.

4. Backcombing
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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.

Drawbacks:
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
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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.

Drawbacks:
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
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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.

Drawbacks:
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?

7. Organically
Freeform Locs

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.

Drawbacks:
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?

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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I started with two strand twist.

How long did it take to actually lock up for you?

I just started my loc journey. I did it myself. This my first week, I haven’t lock yet but some of them are already trying to loc.

so did i and i had a relaxer. a year later i cut the relaxer off and had a decent, cute layered length. I wore my locs for 3 years. they had gotten a little below collar bone length.

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!

That’s beautiful! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the journey!

I want to start but my edges are barely their due to vitamin d deficiency and thyroid issues

I’m going with organic locs. I’ve worn a close cut natural for over 20 years. During the COVID-19 pandemic I couldn’t go to a barber. My hair was growing like crazy. I like the way it’s turning out. I’ll see how long it will grow.

I had been frustrated with the upkeep of extensions and woke up one morning and cut all of my hair to the new growth length. My adult children thought I’d lost my mind but I want to begin my journey without different suggestions. I began with two strand twists. I loosely interlocked them after about 2 weeks and I could not have made a better choice. I absolutely love my hair❤

How’d that work out

Mine were started as small traditionals with interlocking

I have 4a hair and my hair grows very fast up like a thick afro… she started my hair with interlock but can I just free form from that.

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

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!

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

Microlocs may be a better option! Check out this post What Are The Different Types of Microlocs?

Hello! Thank you for your informative article.
I started my loc journey yesterday. I arranged for a hair stylist to give me 2 strand twists to get started. As she was finishing I realized that she had started every twist with a 0.5cm plait. I don’t understand how I will now roll any new growth into a 2 strand twist if there’s a plait in between.
Can you please share your thoughts as to what I can expect and/or should do.
Thank you so much.

I am starting my locs with loc extensions. When I had locs the first time it was with the brsid method with yarn. Small yarn in the color that I dyed it and they came out beautifully. I had so long that they were literally almost to my behind. The hurricane that my familu and I when went through is what visit me to lose my locs because of all the gone this that stuck to my body and hair.

And every time I tried with the braid method after that o would lose hair because my hair would break off from the scalp. I’m using these synthetic loc extensions until my true Locs grow. And I’m going to take care of these like I used to take care of my hair before. It is not about going thru the ugly period I want my locs back

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.

Yeah, I enjoyed starting with backcombing.

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog and I’m in need of serious advice on starting my daughters loc journey if you could email me so I can go into detail and get your advice? thank you so much!

You can schedule a Virtual Consultation with me or join my Loc Goals Club!

I have very soft and straight curly hair. And I want to sisterloc lock. What do I do? Do I start with twists?

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.

I just started mine a week ago. I used the loc extensions. Thanks for the info!

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.

Thanks for your story I have been natural for 5 years decided for 2017 to start locs. I’m starting with two strand

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…

I do hope you get answers to this one. I literally had my hair done yesterday in loc extensions…

My hair is all natural but thin and it was not a good look, lol. I literally had the stylist take out the extensions…took as long as putting them in.

I am getting regular dreads today…vanity cure when I saw myself in the mirror with parts bigger than my head with one dread on it.

Best of luck

Hi! I’m considering locs but I also want to add extensions. Any suggestions? You mentioned you wanted to cut yours out. I just wanted to get some info beforehand. Thanks so much!

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)

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

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“.

Hello from france ! I’ve been thinking of having locs for almost 3 years now… unfortunately My hair are damaged and broken on the top of my head so I have different lenght (thanks to my baby and lack of iron). Now I want to do it but I wonder if I have to wait. I also hesitate between sister locs and babylocks.

[…] Still not decided on starting your locs with two-strand twists? I recommend reading the “7 Methods to Start Locs: Advantages, Disadvantages and Drawbacks“. […]

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.

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?

You can shampoo your hair at anytime.

I have very fine, curly hair and one spot (bald) in the top of my head. I started my loc journey about 1 1/2 month ago with kinky twist extensions (synthetic) and crochet to cover the bald spot. I have new growth out of this world and I have lost a couple plats. I am considering taking the extensions out and doing two strand twists. I am also very gray and need to be able to color my hair. Do you recommend this method? Also, will it work well in covering my alopecia spot?

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 =).

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

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…

Thank you for reading the article! Oil will not help with itching. I would suggest a scalp astringent, such as the “PURE SCALP

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.

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.

If you start your locs by interlocking, will you still be able to comb out your locs?

Yes absolutely, I picked my Sisterlocks out with a thumbtack. However, length retention depends on how well you cared for your locs.

Thanks for your reply! 🙂

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.

Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your journey! Come by again soon 🙂

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 ☺️

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.

What method Jocelyn, would you recommend for multi texture natural hair? Been natural for almost 4 years. Any suggestions?

Everyone has multiple textures in their head, the method depends on your lifestyle and desired outcome.

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!

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!

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?

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

Can I start mine with plants and two strand twist the ends

You can. There will be a slight indentation depending on how much of your hair you plait and also which grooming method you chose.

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.

Thank you so much for reading! Do whatever makes you happy!

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.

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.

I read somewhere that relaxed hair can loc if there is at least 3 months of new growth. I have four months ad was planning on doing two strand locks.

Adenike You can maintain it in Nigeria. If u r in lagos visit The loctitude studio- manged by ade balogun. her tel # is +2348189001122
loctitude.blogspot.com….they carter to locheads and real natural hair folks. i started wt her.

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?

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!

Hello Jocelyn! My hair is natural so what do you think would be the best method for me?

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.

I started with mini locs – interlocking but with my fine hair I feel lost when my short baby locs want to do their own thing. Is it too late to put extensions on them? So you have suggestions on how to style my baby locs during this “ugly” phase while I go to work in the corporate world?

Hello Jocelyn! I would like them to be neat.

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!

Congratulations on your new journey! You’re going to love it!

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.

I begin my loc journey November 2, 2016! Yes I’m a neewbie!!!

Congratulations on your new journey! Sending you love and strength (through the journey of locs and motherhood)! xo

Hello Jocelyn,

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.

I’m glad the article was helpful for you! If you would like a consultation to discuss your options, let me know!

Thank you so much. Will consider look into it.

I have the same hair issues how is your journey coming along?

Just started my locs today with two strand twist!! Second time around I started before with coils didn’t like those as much…what products do you suggest using to avoid build up

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.

I’m thinking about starting mines with plaits…. What type hair do you have??

I started my locs with comb coils and I am 2 months in and enjoying my journey

One of your drawbacks for locs started with braids was that they’d look more flat than circular. I’d like to dispel that. I have braid locs and so do several of our family members. And our locs are definitely not flat, they’re nice and round.

I began my comb coil locs almost 3 weeks ago, I feel they are too sparse and I don’t/won’t have fullness. I wish I could download a pic. Can this be corrected now? They look like a mini twist set.

Starting my journey today! Jan 1 2017

Hi,
I’m so happy I found this. I want to start my locks ever since I found out that they can be taken out and not cut off. Wanna use it as a protective style for about 5-6 years depending on length. my hair is short, it can be 2 strand twist. I’m just wondering what’s the best advice since I’m planning on removing it. I was thinking interlock might be the hardest one to take down. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.. thanks..

Hi Jocelyn,

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

I believe its best to start locs on children when they can understand the responsibility of hair grooming. Otherwise kids will be kids and roll on the carpet, play in sand, and sleep without a bonnet which results in excessive lint and buildup that over the years will not look appealing and causes thinning/breakage.

Hi Jocelyn,
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

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.

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!

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.

Randomly found your sight and wanted to say it is quite wonderful and informative

I am having my locs done today. I hope I do not have to comb them out for any reason or do the three different methods.

I am on my second method after the first ended with a huge drawback as the parts were way too big for me with the loc extensions; it did not allow for any femininity but it may be my stylist is limited. I am letting her redo my locs with interlocking and am hoping for the best. She has already been paid…

How hard is it for one stylist to take over another ones work? If I do not love them when it is time to retwist, I want to know that I have options.

Thank you for your site… I subscribed.

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.

I just started my locs yesterday using the interlocking method. I want thick pics but so I have about 45 locs but because they were just done they are thin. How soon will they bulk up?

They won’t bulk up too much with interlocking. It will keep them compressed.

I have had traditional locs for 8 years. I started and maintained them on my own. I am ending my time with my traditional locs by combing them out. I will immediately start a new journey with microlocs that I will install and maintain. I have no idea of how long all of this will take me, but I will take my time and do it correctly. My current locs are past bra strap in the back and a little past shoulders in the front. I am curious to see how much shrinkage I may (or may not) get. I have very kinky hair, and my current set of locs, loc’d within 3-4 months.

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I started with interlocks and had yarn braided on the ends. It looked like sisterlocks. It was pretty long to begin with, but I didn’t want to work through shrinkage and slippage. I just took the yarn out 2 months ago. (I’ll be two years locked in April). I hated the yarn even though I got constant compliments on my hair. People couldn’t tell. I bought a wool yarn that looked a lot like my hair. But it was part acrylic because I didn’t want it to loc in my hair. Because of that it wouldn’t curl. However I am in love with my hair now. I have to stop myself from playing in it constantly.

I went with loc extensions the first time and kept them for 3 yrs. My hair was already on my shoulder when I started them, so they eventually were down my back and became annoying. I never had an issue with coloring or styling them and got tons of compliments. After less than 9 months being loc free, I got my hair done in 2-strand twists and I think I’m going to take my second whirl on the loc tour. Wish me luck!

Thanks for the informative article Ms Jocelyn. I was also looking for details on how long I should go before my first shampoo wash.

please can you recommend a loctician around NJ that is fair on pricing? I am looking to join my loc sisters

[…] twists are a great and easy way to begin your loc journey or experiment with starter locs on short hair. I would not recommend using coils to start locs on […]

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?

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

Hello miss Jocelyn. I really need a second opinion. I would love to start my locs this summer, but I can’t decide on starting with 3 strand twist or braids. I have always been natural and my hair is armpit length thick and I guess 4A. I like the fullness of the twist, on the other hand I like that you have more controle over the braids sizewise. I also like to wash my mostly once a week and I feel like the braids will be a smarter option, because they hold a bit stronger? I really don’t know. I also won’t be going to a salon, because me and my mom always took great care of it and I chose to maintain the locs by palmrolling/retwisting.

Greetings Ame

I Jocelyn Renee, I am an seasoned women, and Have been natural for 16 years, but I am at a point where I want to begin the loc journey. I have been looking at the sister locs and completely love them! My hair hair is fine, and I have been wearing shorter styles the last several years… what method of locking would you suggest? I like a natural but groomed appearance.

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?

Yeah bunching can occur with twists, coils and braids depending on your texture and products you’re using.

I am one month in tomorrow. I started with a loctician and he used the comb coil method. I researched, wish I came across you earlier but I found you, and decided that method would ultimately give me the smaller locs I desire. My hair has actually started budding which is what led me to your site. I needed info lol.

Hello, thanks for all the information. I’ve always wanted locs but was scared to do so because if I didn’t want them I would have to cut all of my hair off. So my questions are which method should I use because I sweat alot in my hair? I’m only 7months natural should I wait for it to get more healthier before I start to loc it?

Can you obtain permanent locks with the wrap methid using human hair?

Yes

Thank you for writing this article. I have not started my journey yet and I am searching for the best way for me to start. I have 3c 4a hair (is that a thing really?) and I tried to loc years ago after micro braids. I thought it was going well but a loctician I visited said my parts were a mess and combed it out and Comb Coiled it ( I looked like Shirley Temple ) but a workout later my entire head was a frizzy mess. So I gave up (stupid move) that was 10 years ago.
Today I am back and I know I want them to be small and so I’m leaning toward interlocking /sisterlocs. I want to do them myself bit feeling overwhelmed and thinking this might be the wrong choice.

Have been suching for information on starting my locks this been the most educative,my hair is 4c I met a guy with great locks and decided to question him on tips to start suprising he said he did it himself with lime,is it safe to use lime for locks?

Hi, I started my locs with braids five months now. My hair is bra strap length, my question is will stretching my locs hinder the locking process? Can you recommend a product that will add moisture without build up. Thank you.

Hey, my name is Renee and I was thinking about going through my first loc journey because I’ve been wanting locks for a while now so I just wanted to know should I wash my hair first with starting my locs? because I’m doing the two twist strand method and can I use oil instead of locking gel? because I don’t have lock gel at this moment.

I am a white adoptive mother of almost 5 year old boy/girl twins. We live in Zimbabwe, Africa. My daughter desperately wants long hair like her friends who have relaxed or braided hair. As an adoptive mom who knew very little about African hair, I’ve done a LOT of research on African hair. I know that I don’t want to braid or relax her hair, so locks are her only option. I get a lot of pressure from the community to do her hair the way they do their children’s hair. So I eventually found someone who could do comb coils. She has fine, very tight curly hair. So the coils stay in well on the ends, but only until about half way. Then they just uncurl. Her hair is about 2 inches long when in the coil, so longer when pulled straight. I’m wondering if I should give up for now and try lock again when she’s older, or if I should try interlocking. We don’t really have trained consultants here. More backyard, self taught hairdressers. After being confident that this was the way for my daughter to have the long hair, I’m now doubting myself! What’s your advice?

Can you still do loc extensions if you have already started locs with a different method?

Greetings Sister,

I am five weeks into my locs I went with the comb coil method. 1st we used beeswax which caused a lot of flaking the 2nd time we used honey and locs gel it a little harder now but still flaking. I used a olive oil / tea oil mix to help keep do the flakes. What do you recommend for a natural solution for to loc my hair and to minimize flaking?

Respectfully

Jay

I am a super busy mom of
Three. I had locs a few years ago and for about 3.5yrs then I took them out. It was done with the comb method. I am prepping to get them again, but I am no longer living in NY and I’m researching a good stylist to do it. Any reccomendations on what I should look out for? Also, I took them out the last time, because after awhile they had a bardwire feel to them that was irritable to the touch. My face would break out as well when I wore them down after awhile. Any suggestions on how to avoid that? I like that sisterlocks last for a long time without having to have them retightened, but that’s not the best method for my hair and I like medium to thicker Locs. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

I’m starting mines today as we speak, for the 4th time..geesh starting with the comb twists, excited to see how my hair turns out. My hair is very soft, but gorgeous been wanting to do this pic journey for a while now. Change your hair you change your life.☺️

I just started dreads with my son’s hair. Im using elastic band at the root I just have the band and twist the end. The bands keep breaking. They get lose at the root what can I do to keep them tight.

Hi,
I started my locs almost a week ago on relaxed hair using the back combing method. I am very please with the results thus far and look forward to continuing on my loc journey. My first choice was to start permanent extensions, however I want to grow my own hair and enjoy transitioning stages that go along with the loc process. I appreciate reading your blog, it is very informative.

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

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!

I have some breakage in some parts of my hair due to having a baby. For the most part it’s very healthy, just some small areas where I dealing with that. Do you think that I can not start my locs immediately due to that, or should I be fine going forward?

You forgot a method: using a crotchet hook to instantly lock your hair.

There aren’t any drawbacks in my opinion. With this method you get to keep your length and miss the “ugly” phase as well.

I started with comb coils on 8/18/18. Tomorrow will be my one week mark. I glad I have this site as a resource. I started watching your videos on YouTube before I started my loc journey. I have done my research and been wanting them for the pass 2 years. I’m happy I started.

Hi Jocelyn!
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?

Just start with twists. It is better for longer hair.

Please I want to start lock with the lock extension and I want to ask where I will get someone else’s hair to buy and also I want to know if it will have an effect in me thanks

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?

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.

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!

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“.

I’m so glad I found this article Diva! I’m actually going tomorrow to have my hair done in a protective style and I told the stylist I want to discuss locs. I’m not sure which method. This information helps me bring more questions to her. I’ve wanted SisterLocs for years, but my hair is longer now, and they can be really expensive. I also wasn’t aware of all of these other methods of locing. Perhaps there is something else she can suggest that may work for my type of hair (I don’t know the 3c 4c thing…I just have a lot of natural hair that grows like wild vines LOL). Thank you for this useful information Sister.

Hi, I started my locs 1 week ago. My natural hair is waist length and I started with finger coils that I continued to coil into bantu knots so the coils are much tighter than comb coils usually are. Since I did not start with twists, which you recommend for longer hair, what type of obstacles will I face given my chosen method?

You’ll face several obstacles including unraveling, bunching, lumps and excessive frizz. But nonetheless your hair will lock.

Best of luck on your new journey!

My first batch, I started with super chunky braids that I left in my hair for three months. Then I took them out and cultivated the three strands into individual locs.
My second batch, I used the comb coil method.
My third batch, I used the freeform method.
I have very little hair remorse so when its time to cut it out, I cut out, hence the three sets of locs. Loved the journey with each one though!

I’m planning on starting locs but still trying to workout the best method for my hair type. I have 3A/B hair with a 3C hairline. I previously had fauxlocs but had to remove them after about 3 weeks because they kept sliding out. For this reason I’ve decided to start my locs myself as I’m afraid of paying to get my locs started and then it just unravels (my hair curls all the way in with 2 strand twists and finger coils and goes straight when wet). A friend with soft hair recommended I use the sisterlock technique but to do my locs the size I’d like. what would you recommend for this hair type?

I love reading about the different methods of locking hair. I decided to start mine with two strand twist and was told not do so. I’m a cosmetologist so I think I’ll be just fine and especially after reading about starting dreadlocks with two strand twist

Thank you soooo much for a quality article that gets to the point without confusion. I’m gettinf my 2 strand starter locs installed tomorrow (super excited) & this post has helped me tremendously. It reassured me that my decision for 2 strands was definitely the route to take. It wasn’t easy finding a loctitian that didn’t force the coil method. I can hardly wait to start my journey. Thank you!

So I recently twisted my hair and I thought that’s how it would begin as dread but the hair close to the root and at the end of hair it’s all loose now, what do I do?

how often should you retwist your locks for two strand twist

After about 5 years with a fro, braids or twists, I find myself reading this post and others on your site again. I have been very attached to my fro. But it has gotten so long and I don’t want to cut it. I twisted my hair and am feeling ready to finally start my loc journey. Thanks for all the advice!

I’m freeforming because I’d like to have thick locs,do you think it’s better to freeform?

Hey Jocelyn, great article. I started my locs 5 days ago with the coil method. I am aware you shouldn’t wash your hair in the beginning stages of starter locs. How often should I moisturize them? Daily? Certain number of times a week? I use Jamiacan Mango and Lime spray to keep them moist since I wont be washing them.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for this article. It’s so informative and clear. My question is do I have to do anything to my hair if I started with micro-twists? I haven’t washed it in about a month. How do I know when to retwist, and is palm rolling the best method or can I freeform?

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!

Of course Toya! Thank you for reading and best of luck on your new loc journey with coils!

What is “the claw”?

What’s the claw and will it affect me in the long run if I’m doing the twist method

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.

Wishing you the best on your new loc journey!

Habari Queen I’m in my mid 50’s and gave always wanted locs. I want to start the journey but not quite sure on how to proceed in regards to how it’ll look in the beginning stages as I am in the public eye and need to look neat and put together. My hair growth has slowed considerably , and I don’t have a lot of hair per square inch (scaly) any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I think ther best method for my texture would be comb coils. Thank you

Can I start my locs with a finger coil?

Yes you can! Finger coils and comb coils are very similar.

if I’ve already begun to start my loc process using the 2 strand twist method and didn’t interlock the first time, can I still do it on my next retwist without halting the process of locking

it will still lock howver you will notice where you switched.

Hello,

Your article was very informative. I have been doing some research on the interlocking method. Some of the reviews I read stated interlocking is the worst method to start locs. Are you able to provide me with your thoughts on that method? Thank you.

My boyfriend and i started with crocheting we are newbys and are really excited about it all! I didnt see this method in your article.

I just started my journey today…..is it best to tie it down or wear a bonnet for sleeping???

Hi, thank you for your blog post. I just have a few questions.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting locs for a while. A friend of mine has gorgeous locs- they’re small and there’s tonnes of them. They’re not stiff at all so it’s like she just did tiny two strand twists with her own hair and she has this gorgeous ‘messy’ mass of them. They kind of look like the ones of the lady whose picture appears at the top of this blog post in the blue-ish, green,black and white top, next to the lady with the tinted two strand twists.

I’d love for mine to look like that but she comes from a family with thick hair and mine is definitely thin and pretty soft 4c hair.

1. If I have thin hair would it be unrealistic for me to hope my locs could look like hers?

2. Do I need to trim off my split ends before locking or it doesnt matter?

3. How long does the “ugly phase” last? I know this probably depends on the person, their hair growth and how long their hair already is but a rough estimate for someone whose hair is shoulder length when straightened? Probably what I’m worried about the most.

4. Would it be possible to loc my own hair which is pretty short and then get faux locs on top of them while they grow?

Hope to hear from you soon!

My first set of locs were freeform but I’m considering coils for my second set.

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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!

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?!

Good day Must say I really enjoy your article,I have 4c hair 2inches can i still start my dread with comb coil

Thank you for reading my blog! You can start with 2 inches. You just want to be very careful when washing the starter locs.

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?

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.

Thank you so much for clarification on the various ways to start locs. I started my loc journey Jan’ 2016 with interlocking via a certified loctician. A lot of the locs began thinning in the middle of the locs – I was not happy. I am also unhappy that all my parts can be seen throughout my head. So, I had all my locs cut where they are were thinning to even them out and started over Jan’ 20. I just don’t know what’s going on. I am not hair inclined. Thanks,
Kim M.

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Please if I use loc extension as in attachment to start my local will it damage my hair and will it also stop it from locking

I want to stay my love but I am being told that because I have perm? It won’t work right now

I am preferring microlocs or small locs; I want some versatility. Can you start your locs by braiding about half an inch then continue with twisting? What would be the drawbacks? I like the look of two strand starter locs but want the roots to be tighter and neater to start. I am considering interlocking to maintain them as I am active, sweat a lot in my scalp and require a wash day biweekly. Thanks!

I’m planning on starting with loc extensions in November. Still looking for hairstylists and doing research on the starter loc with loc extensions method. I want to color my locs burgundy or burgundy brown.

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?

I vote wet!

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?

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.

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.

There is also the crochet method where the stylist crochets your hair. It gives the appearance of matured locs and a retouch is needed every 4-5 weeks ideally. The locs must be maintained,washed and oiled as per usual.

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 ?

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.

I have 4c hair and i want to start with the crochet method. Would that be ok?

Should be, you can check out this video for more info about the Crochet Method: Crochet Method FAQ

[…] 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/ […]

Hi Jocelyn! I just started with the two strand twist three days ago. How long should I stay before washing and retwisting, since the ends come undone a lot? And what do I do about itching? I have 4b hair.

So my question is, if you can start your loc journey using plaits or braids, is it possible to also start them with braid extensions?

Thank you.

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.

Peace Chinedu,

I’m happy to hear this article was helpful, welcome to the loc journey, and thank you for your support!

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 ♥

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/

I want to lock my type 4c natural hair which is about 9″ long what is the best lock method to use??

twists for sure, but it will absolutely shrink in the first 2 years lol

I am starting my loc journey in two weeks for the 2nd time and I am so excited!! Reading your articles and been informative and helpful. I have been natural for over 30 years and it has been about 10 years since I cut my previous locs…instant regret!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Informative post. Thank you for this. I wish I was in the DC area. I’ve been struggling with information overload from so many who don’t really have the range of knowledge and experience you share. I think I’ll go in with 2 strand twists on my shortish, fine 4c hair. Thank you again.

I was truly over getting locs. I’ve paid to start my locs twice. One I started with comb coils and I kept messaging saying they are all unraveling completely and was told it was normal went to retwist and no all the coils were really actually gone like I had been saying. Once again they have unraveled. And I use a silk scarf with bonnet. Trying to get them not to unravel. My hair texture is natural and soft 3c hair. The back is different a lot more soft I can never hold a style. Even when I was going two strand twist they would braid and then twist so that it could stay. Now I’m unsure what to do. I’m thinking braiding method or interlocking

Thank you for your information It was very useful. I would like some feedback in regard to beginning with permanent yarn locks and what category would that fall in or is it one of its own in addition to the drawbacks and benefits?

I started my loc journey about 1 week ago lol with double strand interlocked twist.. I’m not sure if that was the best thing to do someone pls help lol

Hi, I am glad I came to your page. I am heading to a loctitian tomorrow to start my loc journey. My hair is really soft and curly. My budget is only set for comb coils. Do you have any recommendations or dos and fonts for comb coil starter locs. They will be styled as the loctitian said this makes it low maintenance and easier to loc faster for my hair.

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?

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!

I want to start my locs but wanted to know is comb coils better than the palm roll method? I want my locs to have a softer look with my natural curl texture at the end for more of a bohemian look so which method should I start with? Heelppppp please!

You cannot guarantee that the ends will stay loose. That is hair type dependent and not honestly a sign of incomplete loc budding.

I have mini braids that look like locs when washed. I want to start my loc journey,but in my case,I want temporary locs so I can comb them out some day. What products would you recommend for me to use??

You can maintain your locs with interlocking and not use any products which will make it the easiest to takedown years later.

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