Should you trim the frizzy ends of your locs?
The short answer, it depends on where you are in your loc journey.
NO, you should not trim the fuzzy ends off of your locs. Especially, if you’ve just started your loc journey, within the last 24 months, or if you have fine or loose curly hair. The fuzziness at the very ends of your locs is a sign that the loc is actually locking (yay!), meaning the loc is forming the “bud”. The bud at the end of your locs is what will hold in all the shed hairs from the root down, thus allowing “locs” to take shape. Also, as the locs begin to mature they will be fuzzy, at least with most hair textures, and fuzziness is normal. Keep in mind, that the majority of the fuzziness during the beginning stages will be pulled into the core of the loc to form a solid foundation, but if you cut the fuzziness around the loc off before it’s ready then you’ll weaken the loc. Your locs will never stand a chance against all the manipulation to come in future years and will start breaking off. You don’t want that!
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However, there are exceptions…
YES, you can cut the ends of your locs if you’ve been loc’d for at least 2-3 years, or don’t mind waiting for your locs to form another “bud” at the ends, or if you’re just ready for a new haircut (yes you can cut locs into hairstyles!). However, don’t just go cutting off your loc’d ends on a whim because there is a certain method to cutting locs so that they don’t begin to unravel or “blow out”. I recommend visiting a Loctician that is trained or certified in hair locking for a haircut.
Hopefully, this helped you to understand why fuzziness in locs is sometimes a necessity. If you are curious about the various stages of the locking process, check out that post and video about “The Stages of Hair Locking“.