Loc Reattachment FAQs

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Have you ever wanted to try something new with your locs, like an undercut, but opted out of it because you didn’t want to go through the locking phases again? Well, I bet you didn’t know that after you cut your locs off you could reattach them— even years later! Yes, it is possible and virtually undetectable. Hair Transformation Specialist, Sonya Michelle, sheds some light on a few common questions surrounding Loc Reattachment.

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Loc Reattachment: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Loc Reattachment?

Loc reattachment is the attachment of a person’s naturally grown locs, which can be reattached in different ways.

Can locs of any texture be reattached?

Yes, but texture and size is taken into account when choosing the right technique for reattaching locs.

How much hair is needed to reattach locs successfully?

Two to Four inches of hair is ideal to prevent tension and or slippage. It also depends on the method that will be used to reattach the locs. There’s no one size fit all; every person has an individual need.

What if you want to make the locs bigger than before you cut them?

That can be done, you have to create a foundation that supports the bigger size, combine some locs using various methods or increase the loc size using human kinky hair.

Can you make the locs smaller than you had them before?

Yes, it’s time-consuming and tedious work because you have to reshape flat locs. Not all locs can be made smaller; it’s a case-by-case basis.

How long does the process generally take to install?

Six hours or more, it depends on several factors: creating the foundation, the amount of locs to reattach, technique and speed.

After loc reattachment, can someone maintain their locs themselves or do you need professional services initially?

No, hair can maintain itself and look presentable, but I highly suggest utilizing a professional stylist if possible.

What types of locs can be established with loc reattachment?

Every type of locs can be reattached, but the most popular type is traditional locs.


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The versatility of locs is so amazing! To be able to reattach any type of locs, at any time, makes spontaneous decisions, like an undercut, seem not so risky after all. So, next time you see a bold cut or style, GO FOR IT— just be sure to save your locs for reattachment!

Did this answer all your questions about Loc Reattachment?

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About the Professional

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Sonya Michelle, Hair Transformation Specialist

Sonya Michelle is the owner of Sonya Michelle Hair Spa and founder of the Saving Our Strands (S.O.S.) ™ Hair Movement. She has over 15 years of practice in the field of Cosmetology and is known for braiding, twisting, locking and weaving hair with excellence.

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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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Hello Jocelyn! I’m considering loc reattachment because of the thinness of my natural hair. I ‘d love to have a full head of locs but I’m afraid that would be asking too much of my hair. I went out and got myself 150 thick- shoulder length locs but I’m worried about the blending as time goes by. Since my hair is thin, is it possible to retwist /maintain it in such a way that the thickness of my hair is similar to and blends in with the thickness of the loc?
Please help!

The locs would need to be of similar textures or your foundation needs to be parted such that they would mimic the size of the locs you purchased. If you already have thin hair, it is highly unlikely that you can successfully wear 150 thick locs. I would suggest that you visit a Loctician that is properly trained on loc reattachment.

How often do you got to get your hair retwist after you get them sew back in

Do you have a video of how to reattach locs?

Yes in my training academy, Digital Loctician Academy.

Good Evening….I have just recently reattached my locks after 8 years. any tips or advice on what products are best to maintain them?

Check out the article “Products for Retwisting Locs” for a few tips.

I’m a self taught loctician I wanted to know that if locs fall out after reattaching if that indicates any problems and if so what may those problems be?

Yes that is a problem if the locs are slipping out. It indicates that they were not securely attached and the technique used did not integrate with the natural curl pattern.

How much was it altogether, if you don’t mind me asking? I have 127 locs. I’m currently getting up some money to get them reattached.

How long did your have to be?

Good day….what is the best way to moisturize reattached locs?

Reattached Locs are still hair so you moisturize them the same way. You may need to increase frequency initially but ultimately it is the same process. There are helpful tips in the Guide to Unlocking Moisture post.

Hello after old locs are reattached can you take them back out after your hair has grown more?

Yeah you can cut them off just like regular locs.

And you won’t have to shave your head afterwards?

Can premature locs be cut and reinstalled. Or does the loc have to be fully mature (or close to it)

Fully mature before cutting to reattach

How should I store my detached sisterlocks? Should I wash the prior to storing?

Yes shampoo and Thorougly dry them.

I was wondering if there is a time period for keeping the locs. I cut mine off about 3 years ago and have thought recently about reattaching.

I would like to know if i need to cut my hair since i have not had a perm in 5 year before i start to loc my hair

Hi I reattached my dreads . How long do you think I need to let them lock before I comb them out… I’m trying to keep the added length

Hey I’ve cut my locs a year ago and felt terrible about the cut I want to put them back on because I miss them, but I’m thinking on spiritual side of it. Am I breaking any of the traditions by reattaching them on again.

Thanks you.

After reattaching how long should I wait before washing them again?

You can shampoo them immediately if they are reattached using the crochet method.

I currently live in an area that has no locticians. I am maintaining my locs myself what recommendations or routines could you provide.

I reattached my locs but how long do I need to wait to come them out

How should I store my locs after I cut and wash them?

In an airtight container.

Hi! I cut my shoulder length locks about 10 years ago because my hair was becoming very thin. Since then, I’ve been wearing short Afros. I kept my locs when I cut them and now I’d like to reattach them. Can you recommend and loctician in the Washington DC metro area to help me? I don’t want to Google anyone and would like some recommendations if possible. Thanks for your help!

Hey I was wanting to know what process do I need to with my locs before reattach do like shampoo conditioner?

I want to attach someone else’s locs to my hair for awhile. Is there any way to attach the locs and safely remove them without have to lose my hair?

You should not have to remove your hair at all. The locs can be attached using a crochet hook to create a seamless attachment.

I cut my locs off and is interested in reattaching them. However most of the top of my head is balding. Can you still do the reattchement and install in balding area of head

I would definitely not recommend reattaching locs to a thinning foundation, the weight would make it thin more and potentially cause follicular scarring.

can you reattach locs and take the locs out but still keep the hair

No, that is not possible. You can get a sew-in extensions or wear a wig is you desire long hair that is not yours.

My locs in the top of my head thinned in which I believe it was due to low Vitamin D and Iron. Now that its back healthy, can I have them thickened and reattached for the ones that came out? Also, do you know how to go about finding someone who could provide these services?

Can I reattach my locs if I’ve already started the locing process over again? Basically can locs be reattached to existing locs?

Yes locs can be added to the ends of existing locs.

Where are you guys located

After reattaching locs how long should you wait before retwist and styling.

My wife recently reattached my locs but sometimes a few will fall out. The roots are long enough and she crocheted them in. Any tips to prevent this?

Hello Jocelyn!

Thanks for this information. I found it very helpful!

So, unfortunately, between my medicine and stress, most of my Locs are either broken, thin or gone completely.

I am in the process of repairing my Locs with different methods based on what each one needs.

I’m doing so by reattaching some of my old Locs via crocheting, interlocking loose hairs around some very thin locks. I even have to make and add some Faux Locs with loose kinky human hair… #sigh

I started repairing my Locs before I washed my hair; thinking this was the best way to start my lengthy hair repair process.

Well four Loc repairs in, I panicked a bit because, I’m also planning to do another Baking Soda & ACV soak/rinse to remove any buildup or anything else.

My goals include repairing , re-twisting & styling my Locs with pipe cleaners for a curly style.


How should I do all of this?

Which order should they be done in?

Should I do the ACV soak & rinse (obviously for the maximum cleansing of my dirty Locs) before I continue with to repair locs, re-twist and pipe cleaners for a curly style.

Aside from the correct order of the above process, should I wash and condition my hair after the ACV rinse?

Should this be done in different phases, etc.?

Any advice or suggestions you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Oh yeah, regardless of your recommendations; I promise I will dry my hair completely by sitting under the dryer 🙂

I’ve searched everywhere for my questions however, I didn’t find any definitive suggestions or answers to my questions.

My barber cut one dread off an I reattached it but my question is how will that one dread grow throughout the years as my other dreads get longer ? Will that dread stay the same length?

will reattached dreadlocks grow normally after the reattachment?


Hello did you say you can not comb out reattached locs. Thanks for sharing

Hi I’ve been growing my locs for about 3 years now technically since I did the freefrom method. My hair is basically shoulder length and I’ve basically become really emotionally attached to it. Problem is if I go into the air force I’d have to cut my hair off for however long I’m there which could be over 10 years.
My question is how long can you keep your hair “good” before you can no longer use it ? Because when I get out (if I go) I’d like to put them back in.

That’s a great question and truthfully, I am not sure. I do not believe hair “goes bad”, but I do know that your texture and density change over time and with that being said, I would advise you to save them and before reattaching have a consultation to determine if it would be possible for it to happen. I know that leaves this scenario open-ended but in the end you may find it better to cultivate a new set that fits where you’ll be at that future time. Best of luck!!

I had sisterlocks for 4 years, and just when I started to love them, I lost them to chemo. Can Sisterlocks be reattached?

Hiii,please I cut my locs shorter after 5years and went to the stylist to add on my cut hair,the stylist used needle and sewing thread,I want to know how it will be attached naturally and how long will it take

It will never attach. Using needle and thread is not how you attach locs.

I really admire your knowledge Renee.

I cut my locs because I was going through depression losing my sister I felt this was the only thing I could control. I started them again but would like to re attach them.

Is interlocking reattached locs recommended for maintenance, or should I stick to retwisting them?

It can work but you have to be careful because all that manipulation can make them come out

Id it okay if you wash your hair 2 weeks after getting a loc reattachment?

Yes it should be fine, but if really depends on the skill of the person that installed them.

How do you preserve the locs once cut in order to reattach later?

put them in an airtight container after they have been throughly shampooed and dried.

Do your love have to be mature in order to reattach them back

If you cut off your locs before they mature, I would not recommend reattaching them. However if you are asking if you can reattach locs to hair that has not matured into locs the answer is yes.

I just recently re-attached a client old locs and they did not attach well. Alot of them came out and I’m wondering where did I go wrong. I read online that is not good to use old locs and I know the locs were old. However I didn’t think that was a factor before the install.

It was probably the technique used on their hair texture. If you would like to advance your skills in hair locking, enroll in Certified Loctician Training.

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