POV: Locs Thinning and Falling Out for No Reason

black man with ends of locs breaking off

I stumbled on this video scrolling Instagram and knew that we needed to talk about this! Personally, this year I am taking responsibility for our community cultivating healthy locs. I truly believe that the lack of education around locs and at-home hair care has allowed unhealthy habits to become the normal and damage our roots. Literally and figuratively. But I’m shifting the culture of hair care this year.

Getting back into this video, the caption emphasizes his locs are thinning and falling out for no reason; but the reality is that there is always a reason. Our hair speaks to us if we just take a moment to listen and learn to understand what it’s saying. One of the reasons for locs falling off, particularly like what’s shown in this video, is because the tip of the loc has reached the elder stage of maturity. I’ve shared more about this stage and what changes occur in this video “There are 5 stages of locs???” on my YouTube channel. However for quick summary— is typical for about 1-2 inches of ends to be affected by the elder stage of maturity at any given time after the year five mark. Once the locs reach this stage, they can and often do disconnect from the shaft, much like split ends on loose natural hair.

Another reason that locs tend to thin and fall out is due to bleaching the hair without any restorative care afterwards. I’ve shared in this article “5 Things to Consider Before Coloring Your Locs“ a few of the most important considerations to make before coloring your locs because I know a lot of people don’t do them before coloring. And once the locs are colored there is no going back. For example, if you color your locs and prior to color your hair is dry, once the hair is colored the issue will be worse. Essentially you will have put yourself in an uphill battle.

And lastly I’ll say the most common reason for locs thinning and falling off is a lack of moisture. Historically we’ve been taught and shown that moisture comes from oil. We’ve been conditioned to believe that shiny hair is “healthy hair” and that is mainly because of European standards of beauty… but I won’t go down that rabbit hole right now. Instead I want to encourage you to focus more on water-based moisturizing practices for your locs. Start here with this article to learn more about the different types of moisturizers and what your hair needs.

I also want to invite you to join our community where we go deeper into hair care and best practices — click here to learn more!

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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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