The 5 Best Tools for Interlocking

Interlocking is a great technique for starting and maintaining your locs, especially if you have fine hair or an active lifestyle. However, it is quite common to hear opposition to interlocking for reasons of thinning locs, lumps in locs, and/or breakage. While these issues do occur with locs, the cause is not due to interlocking but rather incorrect technique and the wrong tools for interlocking. The proper tools for interlocking are sized appropriately for your locs and do not snag the hair, which can lead to thinning.


5 Tools for Interlocking

There are 5 tools that can safely be used for interlocking— one of which is NOT a latch hook. You should never use a latch hook for interlocking because the sharp design of the hook and clasp will snag the hairs at the base and cause thinning overtime. Instead, the tool you use for you interlocking should be gentle on the hair and effective at controlling surrounding hair during maintenance.

Crochet Hook

A crochet hook is the cheapest tool that can be used for interlocking locs, but it also requires the most dexterity to effectively use it.

Crochet Hook for Interlocking Locs

Crochet Hook


  • Cheap
  • Comes in various sizes
  • Will not rip hair


  • Hard to hold
  • Not designed for locs
  • Can potentally snag hair


Nappylocs Tool

The nappylocs tool by Nappy N Happy is specially designed for interlocking locs and works well on locs of all sizes. However, because the locs need to be individually threaded through the tool for use, interlocking maintenance can take longer to complete.

Nappylocs Tool for Interlocking Dreads

Nappylocs Tool


  • Designed for locs
  • Will not snag hair
  • Various sizes


  • Bends easily, requiring reshaping</
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  • Time consuming maintenance
  • Easy to lose

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Interlocking Ring

The interlocking ring is a nice combination of the easy to hold latch hook handle and the conceptual design of the nappylocs tool. The interlocking ring works well for larger locs with lots of nu growth.

Interlocking Ring for Interlocking Locs

Interlocking Ring


  • Durable
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Does not snag the hair


  • Limited sizing


Sisterlocks Tool

The Sisterlocks™ tool is only available to trained Sisterlocks™ Consultants and people with Sisterlocks™ that have taken the self-retightening course, which makes this the most expensive tool for interlocking. But this is also one of the most efficient tools for maintaining micro to small locs.

Sisterlocks Tool for Retightening Dreads

Sisterlocks Tool for Retightening


  • Does not snag hair
  • Designed for interlocking
  • Comfortable to use


  • Expensive
  • Limited availability


Dual Interlocking tool

The dual interlocking tool essentially combines the tools for interlocking microlocs and large locs into one which makes it the most cost-effective and efficient tool for interlocking locs of all sizes.

Dual Interlocking Tool for Dreads

Dual Interlocking Tool


  • Works for all sizes of locs
  • Will not damage hair
  • Designed for interlocking


  • Takes practice to hold/use


Using the proper tools for interlocking will not only save you time, but also help to ensure your locs remain healthy. For more information and training on interlocking techniques for locs, enroll in the Interlocking Fundamentals™ workshop via Digital Loctician Academy.

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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 use an unbent paper clip to form a loop and covered the ends in masking tape. Works great and cut an hour off my time.

I use a paper clip

my stylist uses the crotchet hooks that are usually used for crotchet braids, is that good or no?

I’m an enthusiastic user of the NappyLocs tool – I started my locs after going natural and wearing an afro for approximately 3 years. I started them with two-strand twists, then added human hair to the twists and wrapped more hair around them to for my locs. My journey has included dyeing my hair a deep auburn, and I used a similar color hair on my loc extensions. I decided to grow out my gray hair (it was causing me to color every 3 – 4 weeks, and the dye straightened my hair, cause trouble with my locing process.

I started with palm rolling, but I’m reasonably active and sweat in my head a lot, so I’ve switched to interlocking. I’ve had the tool for a while, having tried to interloc before, but this time it’s working a lot better for me because I’ve matured…LOL

I like interlocing because I don’t do it as often as palm rolling, and once it’s done, my hair stays relatively neat for a while. I have a looser hair texture in the front of my head, so palm rolling didn’t last very long. I recommend interlocing – but make sure NOT to make them too tight, as it takes a while for the interloced hair to “loosen up.”

Thank you for your articles – I learn a lot from you and your journey!

Hi, thank you so much for this information.
Question: what’s the best tool for self retis using interlocking method. I have sisterlocks.

That really depends on you and your dexterity. Many people have to try a few tools before they find which one works best for their comfort and skill.

Thank you.

I have super fine tangley hair. I have had then over 3 yrs. After my postpartum hair loss after my almost 4 yr old. But… I have a 1 yr old now and am in the middle of regrowth. I haven’t seen all of these tools before but I used a small crochet hook. My hair is so fine even a tiny hook and delicateness and it would still snap strands. Most my strands are spider web fine. So I have been clockwise rubbing and rolling up the I actually thought to use what is used to thread needles, looks like the interlocking ring and it works great. After I try to get the new growth to knot, I put that through the dread at the base,feed through the new hair and I weaves it in. May have to do it a few times as the hair grows and it takes, but it is gentle and effective.

I have sisterlocks and self-retighten using the o locker. It is similar to the nappyloc tool and does the job perfectly

Thanks for this! Just wanted to add another option. I use something similar to the Nappy Loc tool called the Olocker. It is thicker so it does not bend. It is also slightly curved. I am into my third year of locks and as the years have progressed have become more proficient at using it and take less time. It was relatively inexpensive at about $15. A youtuber said she keeps hers on her keychain to avoid losing it but I don’t do this. I am sure there are a numerous others but this one works well for me.

How can I get all the hook for dreadlocks in Nigeria Pls

Hello, I enjoyed your post on interlocking. I’ve been locking my hair for seven years and my new growth seems to grow out the locs, would it be a good idea to interlock?

Where can I buy the interlocking ring?

Hi. Can you please explain how you use the nappy locs tool. I am just used to the crotch tool but it snags my hair so I would like to try new methods.

Where can I buy any of these tools?

They should all be linked to websites to purchase them if desired.

I am having a difficult time finding the Interlocking Ring you spoke about. Do you have any idea where I can purchase one?

If its not available online maybe they stopped selling it, I am not sure where else you could purchase it.

Nappylocs Tool & Crotchet needle have been the only 2 tools that I have been using. I have been loc’d for 7 months.

I just started interlocking and the two tools I like best is the dual interlocking tool and a curved interlocking tool similar to the Nappyloc tool. I totally agree with you about the dual interlocking tool it’s definitely is going to take more practice to find my rhythm in using it.

Keep practicing! It gets easier!

Great info! Thanks for sharing!

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