A Twitter follower asked me:
“I want to start my Loc journey. I did my hair in two-strand twists about two weeks ago, could I start them from there? How long does it take to loc? Its itching and starting to frizz, should I take the two-strand twists out and do finger coils?”
First thing that I am going to say is yes, you can start Traditional Locs from Two-Strand Twists. However, please be aware that as they begin to mature and start to loc the twists will swell up and get a lot thicker. More often than not, people don’t take that factor into consideration and end up unhappy with their locs after a few months because they’ve become too large.
My suggestion is to determine what size you want your locs to be once they mature, the type of parting system you want and also how “neat” you want your hair to be on a regular basis. Considering these factor will help you determine which starting method
would be best for your hair. It is also very important to use the right products on your hair while you’re trying to lock it. Please avoid products like Jamaican Mango & Lime
and Shea Butter
in your journey.
How long does it take to lock?
This question is going to vary from person to person depending on your hair texture, hair density and hair care regimen. A more tightly coiled (kinky) hair texture will generally loc quicker than a soft, loosely coiled (curly) hair texture; however if you’re using the wrong products for either texture it could take months up to years before the hair actually locks. With my last two sets of locs, it took 18 months before my hair began to really loc because I was using the wrong products (doh!). Now on my current 3rd set of locs, my hair is already budded at month 3!
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What To Do About Frizz
With locs comes frizz. Having frizzy locs and/or roots is not really something that you can control, especially if your hair is soft. Using Aloe Vera Gel is an all natural way to help manage it, but by no means will it alleviate frizzness completely. To help control some of the itching, you can try using alcohol-free Witch Hazel or an astringent based moisturizer, such as “PURE SCALP”. And if you’re looking for more tips for at-home care with locs, like moisturizing your locs or preventing dryness, definitely check out “The Guide to Unlocking Moisture in Locs“.
And if you’re still not decided on starting your locs with two-strand twists? I recommend reading the “7 Methods to Start Locs: Advantages, Disadvantages and Drawbacks” article! And if you have already started your locs and you are looking for help retwisting and caring for them at home, I highly recommend joining the “DIY Loc Maintenance Workshop“!