First 6 Months With Locs: What I Learned

First 6 Months With Locs

The last 6 months with locs have been very interesting, transformative, and revealing. Despite this being my 3rd set of locs, the locking process for this set of thick locs has been very unique and filled with a few lessons. In the last 6 months, my hair has evolved from silky rope twists to matted baby locs.

First 6 Months With Locs


Lessons Learned in First 6 Months With Locs

The 3 biggest lessons that I’ve learned in the first 6 months with locs are the benefits to starting with twists, the expectations of a retwist, and how styling affects my hair.

The Benefits To Starting With Twists

With my last set of traditional locs, I started them with backcombing because I was very skeptical of the lines disappearing if I started them with twists, but this time I opted for twists and I’m so glad that I did! First, I have to say that the lines do disappear— and relatively quickly might I add with proper maintenance. I do still have a few lines visible in my locs, but why I personally really enjoyed starting with twists is because they gave my fine hair a fuller appearance AND I was able to shampoo often with minimal unraveling. Although, the occasional loc would unravel after a shampoo it was much easier for me to twist it back together than to grab a comb and reestablish a coil. So if you’re debating between the two (coils or twists) I would definitely recommend twists!

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Week One Starter Locs With Two Strand Twists

What To Expect After A Retwist

In the early months of the locking process, it is important to cultivate or retwist the hair once a month, regardless of the sizing you want the locs to ultimately be. For me, even though I’m aiming for thick locs, I still have been retwisting my locs about every 4-5 weeks. However, because my locs are bigger and I only use aloe vera gel based products (or sometimes no product at all) my retwist definitely doesn’t last until the next retwist. Within the first 4 months my retwist might have lasted at most a week, but now I’m noticing that my locs stay in formation even after shampooing and I can still see my parts 2+ weeks later! So the biggest lesson in that is how important it is to set your expectations early on for your retwist. You shouldn’t think of the retwist as a style that’s suppose to last weeks because the purpose of the retwist is to help cultivate and shape the hair as the locking process is taking place.

RELATED ARTICLE: What Happens If You Don’t Use Products to Retwist Locs
Locs After A Shampoo and Not Retwisting

How Styling Affects Locs

You may have noticed that my favorite (read: only) style that I do on my locs right now is Bantu knots. I love Bantu knots because they show my partings and help to control my frizzy, fine hair. I don’t do more styling with my locs at this stage because frequent styling early on causes inconsistencies, lumps, and bumps in the locs. I do have a few locs that have bunched up due to the bantu knot styles, so because of that lately I’ve been letting my locs hang free more often than not.

Budding Locs at 6 Months

6 Months With Locs in Pictures

I pulled together a collection of photos and videos over the last 6 months that showcase how the appearance of my hair has transformed into baby locs. Check out the visual journey in my latest video:

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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’m at a similar stage in my locs. I’m seven months in and looking for cute headbands to pull my hair back. Where did you get the colorful one in your video?

Wow…absolutely beautiful; thank you for sharing!

How did the Bantu knots make a bump in your locs??

I have locs that are about a year old now, and I love putting them into Bantu knots too! 🙂

If i retwist my locs every two months instead of every month will I see faster results?

No, not grooming them will not produce “faster” results.

What do I need to do I’m in the awkward phase do I need to wash it I’m 4 weeks in had it washed and loc two weeks ago already budding please help me

How do I get flakes from inside my dreads? I’ve always had really dry scalp. So much so that the dermatologist prescribed me shampoo. (Which I don’t use because it dries my hair horribly) I don’t know what to do? Please help! I’ve only been on my journey for about a month now.

I offer an online workshop for managing scalp conditions with locs. It goes into detail about removal biological (skin/sebum) buildup from locs and also how to get the condition under control. I would encourage you to enroll by clicking here.

Just started to grow my locs need help

I invite you to join the Loc Goals Club so that I can support you along your DIY loc journey!

I’ve had locs for two weeks and I am interested in how to keep them.up.

Thank you for the pics! I’m just starting this process. I was a bit worried because my twists were so frizzy & puffy. Now I understand it’s part of the process. I do have a question though. Even though your locs were frizzy, you still only retwisted once a month? I’m so tempted to do it after about a week

Yes, once a month is ideal. Any sooner and you can thinner your locs out, or worst cause thinning at the roots. Enjoy the frizz!

I got frustrated with my locs thinning so I cut them and began with thicker ones..I have 35 only. am worried about retwisting so I just wash and apply coconut oil…is that good practice?

Im in the starter loc phase 3 months in could i rope twist for style after a retwist

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