How To Grow Thick Locs

One of the beautiful things about locs is that they come in varying shapes and sizes, from hundreds of Sisterlocks to those with only a few Organic locs. Despite the diversity amongst the sizing of locs, it is still very common to see smaller sized locs, and not so common to see thicker locs. This article is for those of us that prefer a thicker set of locs and wonder, “How Can I Grow Thick Locs?


I always knew I wanted thick locs, but about 18 months into my journey my locs weren’t evolving into what I had envisioned so I went searching for solutions. I stumbled upon KOKABUTA’s series for growing thick locs and that helped me lot; I also learned a few other important tips along the way. So if you’re interested in learning how to thicken your locs, without combining your locs, check out the 5 tips that helped me to grow thicker locs.

Before and After results of growing thicker locs using the 5 tips

Month 1 vs Month 24

5 Tips on How to Grow Thick Locs

  1. Forget everything you think you know. Many people believe that they have to maintain their locs every two weeks or that they have to use tight hold products for retwisting their locs, and the list goes on; however, all of these notions, amongst others, are common misconceptions that actually prevent you from attaining thicker locs because those practices are more commonly used on small traditional locs.
  2. Throw away any unnatural products. Many of the products on the market that are specifically “for locs and dreads”, like Jamaican Mango and Lime, are actually horrible for locs. If you’re not using all natural products, like natural aloe vera gel or flaxseed gel, you’re likely causing unnecessary buildup in your locs. The excess buildup will prevent the loc matrix from forming and disrupt the stages of hair locking which can create points of weakness or thinning in the locs.
  3. Leave your hair alone. This is the most crucial factor in cultivating thick locs. It is also healthier for your hair and scalp that you don’t cause undue tension through constant retwisting or style manipulation. When you leave your hair alone, your locs are able to flourish and thicken up because they’re not constantly “made” into condensed retwisted or interlocked bundles. The ideal timeframe for a retwist is between 3-4 weeks— no earlier!
  4. Change your diet. Your skin, nails, and hair are all part of a system in your body that receives nutrients last, if at all, once your major systems are nourished. In other words, you need to be healthy on the inside first to see the benefits like, continuous hair growth, length retention and thicker hair, on the outside. Increasing your water intake to at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day and consuming a lot of vegetables are great habits to implement into your lifestyle.
  5. Feed your hair & stimulate your scalp. The key is to keep your hair hydrated with moisture daily, sealed with a natural oil and protected a night. You also need to keep your scalp clean and stimulated with techniques like loc brushing, and moisturizing on a daily (or at least every other day). Moisturizing your locs will help tremendously to prevent breakage and thinning, so you want to make sure it’s done properly!
  6. BONUS:No more going to bed without a scarf and drying out your locs! Protect your locs at night with a satin scarf, to prevent dryness, lint accumulation, and tension from rolling over your locs at night .

When you first adopt these tips into your regimen, if you’re not already using them, there are a few things to be mindful of, so be sure to check out the next post “3 Things to Know Before You Start Thick Locs“.
How to Grow Thick Locs

Share any other tips that you have learned in your journey to cultivate thicker locs!

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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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[…] them up a bit without combining them you can do that too using the tips outlined in the “How to Grow Thick Locs” post. Once you decide to thicken your locs, be prepared for the transition to take awhile. […]

Looking at your pics above, how often would you say you retwist your locs? I go for about 3 times a year…

Every 6-8 weeks. I do not have the type of hair texture that can go that long without maintenance and remain healthy.

My hair is a mess! Thinning in the middle, at scalp breaking, and falling out. My life is a bit stressful now but I need to get it back to life.
Please help

Love it. Very informative.

Peace Sharon,

Happy to hear you found the resource informational, thank you for your support.

Great tips

Hello Angel and thanks for sharing your journey. I love your hair. I am new on this loc journey, I started my locs on January 21, 2021 with comb coils I have 50 locs. I went to a natural hair stylist and returned on March 4th. After her retwisting my hair she began snipping my hair, each loc she cut the end and fly aways. I have narcelopsy and had dozed off. I was upset to see my hair had been cut . I was budding especially in the back. The day I chose to loc my hair was my deceased son’ s bday. I want to know if this will hinder my locking and do you recommend palm rolling to the ends of the hair if I want my locs to be thick. Your response will be truly a blessing, I value your opinions. Thanks

Utuber Adette Wellington very good advice to grow thick locs so easy you won’t believe. Bless.

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Hello loving the blog so far! And your hair is a work of art. I’ve restarted my locs with only 45 in counting, my hair is short but my babies are staying intact for the most part. To achieve thicker locs I started with bigger sections. Please help! Am I going about my journey the correct way??

Yes! Your parts, hair texture, and density will determine the size of your locs.

I m new in the game part determine length ?what do I suppose look at

Biotin I’ve heard helps the nails and the hair. What do u suggest ? In the procedure of all natural products and not twisting ny locs everyday or weekly . But having problems with thinning hair. I am 64 years young. So any suggestions you can offer I graciously will take.
Thank you 9 months loc’d now.

What are some specific items to use when twisting and washing your locs? I am having such a hard time finding A product that will successfully keep my hair locked and washes all residue out without over drying my locs and scalp …thank you in advance.

Check out the article “Products for Retwisting Locs

i love locs…. help me i wish to have healthy locs. which ways can i maintain healthy locs. im from Kenya

Peace Natasha,

I appreciate the support all the way from Kenya!!!!

healthy locs

Love from Kenya here too

Thank you for stopping by Sharon!

Thank you for this info. You are so beautiful!!!! Stay fly. God bless.

Hello. I started growing my locs about 30 years ago. The way it was known to grow them was to just let them grow. They are very long. I live a Rastafarian life style and don’t want to cut them. However, I am experiencing a lot of stress, physically and otherwise, and it is playing a big part in my hair. The top of my crown is thinning tremendously. Most of the time I wear my locs in a bun on top of my head to alleviate the pressure of them hanging down, or wrapped in a head wrap. I also color my hair about once a month for the gray. I believe the thinning is from physical/mental stress, and the “ponytail” stress. I don’t wear it as much in a ponytail due to the length. But I’m going through a lot of things. Can you advise anything to help grow back my hair on the top of my crown? Is there any place I can go for help?

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May you please tell me how to combine locs to make them thicker? Thanks a bunch!

I share how I combined one of my locs in this video “How to Combine Locs with Twists“, but this also isn’t a great idea for everyone. I will post an article soon about it, join the mailing list so you get notified when it is available.

Hello I have been growing my Locs for about two and a half years and I’m loving them I have maybe a few locks at the top that’s kind of thin and I’m trying to see how can I thicken my hair I used to wear weave and I didn’t remove the hair properly so it cause my hair to thin in a certain area I love my Locs I love being natural and I’m just trying to figure out how to thicken them back up please can you help me

Im on my 5th month. My locs are skinny. I started out with the back combing method. I may be palm rolling too much it’s a habit. Salt spray before wash, dr bronners tbh it cleans deep, I don’t see any residue and it smells soooo good after it’s rinsed. I’m not messing with moisturiser because I already have oily hair. My scalp it usually pretty oily too and I have very soft hair.

How long does it really take for the hair to actually start locking?

Thank you for this post. I have a question. I went to a loctition 2 weeks ago, and she pretty much ripped my dreads apart, because they where congoing at the roots (which very f*ckin painful). After that I went to the barber for a new fade. Now I see my hair thinning out at the edges.. So my question would be: Is it possible to grow out some new hair on the edges, that I can crochet hook into my existing thinning dreads? Does anybody has experience with that? I am really scared of my dreads, they are doing so good and I never had any problems with them.

My name is Roz I just starting locking my hair I been natural hair since 2010 my question is what type of hats should I wear this winter and how can you maintain my locs through these winter months and I’m going to the western Caribbean for the Christmas holidays can I get my hair wet or if I do will I have to start all over again hopefully by that time they would have locked up

Hi pls help l have had hairlines now its more that hairline my dreads are becoming think at front and back they are light and going back what I use to make it thinker

How would you recommend I get thicker locs for locs that are 5 years old? Is my only option to combine them? I have spaced my time in between retwists to about 2-3 months but the thickness has stayed the same

So I just got my starter locks a few days ago and they are kinda thin. I was wondering however about the retwist time . My loctitian said I have to comeback every two weeks. My question however is, if i want thicker locks should I wait a little longer, like 3 weeks or maybe a month?
Also which ingredients should I avoid in products to oil, moisturize etc?

Hello, i suffer from a very dry scalp and i dont put any oils or anything on my locs until they’re retwisted and the stylist does so. My locs are thinning near the roots and it is scaring me that they won’t last long. Any advice on what product to use to get them to get thicker before they get too long and ugly looking?

Am so thank ful for your article. My locs is 4 month old yet i was locking it after every washing, it could thin and break ma locs. Thanks a lot

Hi, i started my locs at home and i twisted one side clock wise and
the other counter clock wise. Is it safe to start retwisting them oneway or do i stick with what ive been doing

I would stick to what you’ve been doing until they are mature or start over all in the same direction.

How many locs do you have?

I have 36 locs.

Hello, I have dreads on right now and it has been about 4 weeks since they were created. My hair was not so much so now I want to grow my hair very fast. I usually fall sick after plainting because it is painful for me.

What do you think I should be doing for my hair to grow fast.

Thank you. Amazing blog by the way.

What can I do for my locs to grow faster? I really want my locs to be long

I just started my loc journey with 58-60 locs but I wanted 50-55 locs should I wait until it mature first to combine them ?

First let me say thank you for always sharing your knowledge so freely. I am 4 months into my very first loc journey; your YouTube videos have been a tremendous guide as I navigate this new path.

I have a question I am hoping you can shed some light on.

As I mentioned, I am 4 months loc’d. I started with two strand twist and they are on the medium-small side (120 count). I experienced what I believe is budding at the roots, in my second month. Now that I am in my 4th month, the budding at the roots is gone and has been replaced with an extremely skinny dense/condensed section. This skinny section is alarmingly skinny. Skinnier than the circumference of its section.

I always assumed that my locs would thicken as they mature, not condense into “nothing”. Slight exaggeration, more like 3/4 the size of its circumference.
I don’t know if this is a part of the process..budd, condense, then thicken…??? Or if this is a sign of things to come? Super skinny locs.
If locs do not thicken after they condense perhaps now is a good time for me to comb out my locs and create a larger grid (60-70 count).
I’ve searched and searched and could not find a YouTube video or blog addressing this; which makes me think that once condensed the loc will remain that size.

I wash with shampoo that is 1 part shampoo to 15 parts water. I only use jojoba oil to retwist and Aloe Vera juice with rosemary oil to refresh/moisturize.

Please forgive the long comment/question. I hope I have given enough context. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Welcome to the journey! It doesn’t sound alarming to me, unless you area also noticing breakage and/or lots of shed hairs around your sink, in t your hand, etc. Unfortunately, I cannot advise you on this particular issue without a visual consultation.

I will say this though, the root is always and will forever be skinner than the shaft of the locs because it does not contain any shed hair that accumulates to form the locs. I hope that helps, but if not, please feel free to schedule a Virtual Consultation with me.

I have a problem with my dread, I started it with relaxed hair and it kept becoming fuzzy and dry. I wash n palm roll everyday but it keeps getting worse. I need help, I want my dread to lock please

Peace Stella,

Welcome to the loc journey, I understand that you may need specific guidance on how to secure your locs coming from a relaxed hair texture. You can schedule a virtual consultation with me at your convenience. VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

How can I make my dread made from relaxed hair thick n Lock?

Hi Stella,

Going from relaxed hair to thick locs is a transition as you start your jpurney please refer to the link below.
thick locs

I’m almost 2 years into my loc journey can i still make my locs thicker by following these steps without combining them?

It depends on how thick you want your locs to be. What isn’t mention in the article, but is important to know… thickness is determined by your foundation, not the grooming.

What products can I use to keep them moisturise

Peace Sharon,

Learning what works for your locs to keep them moisturized is important, please refer to the link below.
What products can I use to keep them moisturise
Also, here is the direct link to the products that can assist you in keeping your locs moisturized.

What hair length is possible to start freeforming?

any length, you’re just freeforming and letting the hair do its thing!

Hello and thanks for sharing your journey. I love your hair. I am new on this loc journey, I started my locs on January 21, 2021 with comb coils I have 50 locs. I went to a natural hair stylist and returned on March 4th. After her retwisting my hair she began snipping my hair, each loc she cut the end and fly aways. I have narcelopsy and had dozed off. I was upset to see my hair had been cut . I was budding especially in the back. The day I chose to loc my hair was my deceased son’ s bday. I want to know if this will hinder my locking and do you recommend palm rolling to the ends of the hair if I want my locs to be thick. Your response will be truly a blessing, I value your opinions. Thanks

I have been on my 1year and 4 months loc journey and I feel my hair is really skinny like not the actual size I wanted. The loctician doing my hair, tie my loc too tight through the loc itself and after locking I used to feel headache for 2 days, he do my hair by interlocking method and it’s will become too tiny, I recently know my loc isn’t going the way/thick like how I wanted it. I want to make my loc get thicker, please need advice on how to go about it.

Comb them out and restart. There is nothing that will thicken them if they were started small and interlocked.

I have a thin natural hair and I want to start a lock. Will it be possible and nice

Is your hair thinning or fine textured? There is a difference. And it can be nice on fine hair however your size and parting system matter.

My starter locs were started by using the loc smithing method. I have not been able to find online other examples of people who have done the same. So I’m having a hard time envisioning what my hair might look like in the future. I have a low density here and my parts were done medium/small. I’m worried that they will not be able to expand if I continue to do this method. I plan to space out my re twist. What are your thoughts?

Peace Shaleena, the Loc Smything for starter locs is similar to coils. Your hair will expand because that is the nature of locs. however your parting system has everything to do with volume if that is your concern because you have low density hair. Check out this article for more info about parting systems: How To Part Your Hair For Starter Locs

My hair is thinning I have locks what do I use to thicken my locks and make it stronger . Joyce

review this article: Next Steps for Thinning Locs

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