My Sisterlocks Are In The Budding Stage

After my Sisterlock Consultant told me that my Sisterlocks were entering the Swelling/Budding phase [HERE] I did some research to find out about all the phases. When you begin a Loc Journey, your hair will go through version phases/stages; just as a loose natural journey. At each of the 4 stages your locs have different characteristics:
Check out the pictures below of the two stages my Sistelocks are/were in…

 Pre-Lock Phase / Infancy Stage [Baby Locs]
Characteristics:  thin, tightly coiled spirals
At this stage, the hair is much like loose natural hair and typically if wash the locs at this stage without being very careful they will unravel.
Budding Phase / Swelling Stage [Teenage Locs]
small bud emerges about a quarter down the loc,
matted interlocking pattern begins,
no longer tightly coiled and thin,
loc expands like a bubble
The locs begin to expand like bubbles because it is beginning to loosely mat. It is also said that the loc is rebellious and has a mind of its own.
Shooting Phase / Adult Locs
entire loc begins to enter the process of interlocking and matting,
the hair density increases & the locs become thicker
Contracting Phase / Elder Locs
an airtight interlocked loc system
locs are solid & tight
In this video [HERE], I talk about the four stages and show examples with my Sisterlocks.
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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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Thank you for the article. I miss my locs, but I will wait another year or two.

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Hey Jocelyn. I started my locs through the braidlocs method. I braided my 3inch hair and let it lock. My question is this, I’m at the budding stage and the hair has already matted towards the center of the hair. All of it is above the braided portion. Can I undo the braid pattern and have the budding spread to the bottom of the hair? (bottom here is used to mean the tips not roots). Thanks

The buds will not just move down without the hair being together.

I’m freeforming now and I’ve had the braidlocs for 10months now and with the braid it just wanted locking but anyway, thanks for the response.

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Hi I just started my twist lock and was wondering how many times I should wash my hair and when?

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