Cutting Locs into a Loc Bob

I’d like to start a new weekly series with you —”On The Journey” — that gives you a glimpse into my salon experiences. I’ve imagined this series to feature salon stories like “aha moments”, tips and tricks, loc journey updates, and just snippets of the overall amazing interactions I share with my salon guests.

On the journey today, we’re cutting locs into a style— a bob to be exact.

My Salon guest today has been cultivating her locs for over 5 years. When she started her locs, the Loctician did not give her a choice as to which size or parting system would align with her hair goals. As such, throughout the growth of her locs she’s often aspired for thicker locs. However, her locs have been regularly maintained using interlocking and were started with a small foundation. I say all that to say, the length of her locs is something she’s been most proud of over the past few years. And yet, today we’re chopping off 6+ inches!

After cleansing her locs, moisturizing with Crown Elements and interlocking, we moved to the hair cut. I was super excited to have the honor of releasing some of weight she’d accumulated over the years. In fact, precision hair cutting is one of my favorite techniques. When I was in cosmetology school I struggled with hair color, nails and facials; but give me a pair of shears and I found my happy place. Before I picked up the shears, we made sure to take a few pictures to memorialize the moment.

length of locs before loc bob haircut

Even though it has taken her over 5 years to reach past shoulder length, it took less than 45 minutes to create a new shape. Her loc bob turned out so fun and versatile with movement and bounce to match. Check out this time-lapse video of the haircut I created to see the Loc Bob in action.

Would you cut your locs into a Loc Bob? Let me know in the comments!

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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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Sister locs 6 years, thick hair, too long and heavy after 3 years. Cut into a bop and kept trimmed every 4 months to maintain style. Feels really fresh and light, and looks healthier, gets lots of compliments. Will let it grow now about 6 months to have length to pull back.

I love her bob! 2014 and again 2019 from mid back length, haven’t grown it back out but I’ve thought about it. The bob just feels so good

Thank you! Yes, keeping your hair at a length that feels good for you is essential to the happiness with your locs!

I just love a confident and most skillful professional with a pair of shears and her Bob looks fantabulous. I aspire for my locs to become the length of hers and once I’ve rocked ponytail for hot minute, in between maintenances of course, then I would love to get my hair in a bob but it would have to be you in order to do it. Even if I have to travel to Maryland. That’s how much I trust your professionalism and skills. I’m in North Carolina so that’s a pretty nice drive and have driven there before!

It is healthy to let go. Though I understand our obsession with length, cutting off the weight is healthy for the neck. However, I like the idea of keeping one or several precisely placed locs uncut to show a history of the length.
I can relate with your affinity for precision cutting. I have most cut my own. Now that I have locs, nothing has changed but the number of shapes I can’t wait to try!

Can you cut my hair in a bob? Do you work in a salon?

I only have VIP clientele that I offer services to from my events. Check out the next Loc Goals Live event in your area!

This is exactly what I need in my life right now. I so ready for a bob loc style, but I am afraid that it won’t be cut righ

Definitely go to someone who specializes in haircutting, do NOT DIY this and you’ll be fine!

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