Should I Start My Locs With Two-Strand Twists?

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?”

Two-Strand Twists for Locs
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.
Related Article: How Locs Grow and Mature
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!

Related Article: The 7 Biggest Lessons Locs Teach You

Reader Q&A: Should I start my locs with two-strand twists? An expert loctician responds.

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“!

Reader Q&A: Should I start my locs with two-strand twists? An expert loctician responds.

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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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I started my hair with two strand twists. Ive had them for 5 months now and they have not swelled up yet and are still the same size. Only maybe a few of the twists are locing at the tip of the twist only.

My hair is not going thru the stages. I have coarse hair. Wash my hair every 1 to 2 weeks normally. I dont know whats going on…

Starting locs from two-strand twists or any locs in general, the amount of time that it takes your hair to loc all will depend on your hair and your regimen. If you’re using conditioners and/or shampoos that don’t lend to loc’ing or your loc’ing pomade doesn’t allow the hairs to catch on to each other you’re basically just maintaining two-strand twists. Additionally for your hair you may be shampoo’ing too frequently… every week is definitely too much if you’re just starting out. They recommend waiting at least 3-4 weeks when you first begin to start locs.

We can chat more via email if you’d like, check out the “Contact” tab to send me an email. Either way, all the best…be patient.

Hi, I just started my locs with two strand twist last Friday (well I went to the salon to get my hair two strand twisted). So I wanted to know the dos and don’ts. She told me not to was until about the 6 week, and to come back to get my hair interlock. Okay I searched that method, and don’t care for it. But I really want to know the do’s and don’ts and what to use or not use etc., please help. – a fellow loc starter

Hello I had a question because to start my locs I was going to let them loc naturally starting with a Afro or getting two strand twist. Which of the two would u suggest ? And will anything with shae butter like shampoo or anything with shae stop your hair from locking? Please help me

Hey i just started with two strand twist they tend to come out after a week or so should i retwist them that frequently or nahhh?

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Your hair maybe so tightly coiled that it will not swell and simply loc together internally. After you retwisting after every wash? If so you’re likely thinning your hair out and preventing it from swelling.

I’m four months into my Locs that I started with two strand twist. My hair is all of my Locs are budding and full. I’m blessed to have a smooth journey so far.

Hello I had a question because to start my locs I was going to let them loc naturally starting with a Afro or getting two strand twist. Which of the two would u suggest ? And will anything with shae butter like shampoo or anything with shae stop your hair from locking? Please let me know. I really would rather start them from a Afro but Im not sure how to go about it’s just you know the two hand twist method would look more presentable.Just want to use the right things and not use anything to stunt the process

Thanks

No disrespect to you, but I started my locs with two strand twists and have washed every 3-7 days from the beginning. Hair will loc whether you use shampoo and conditioner or pomade…look at freeformers!

This is my second set of locs, the first I started with comb coils and they locked much quicker than this set.

Yeah I agree with you that you can start with whatever method you choose and regardless your hair will loc in its own time. I was offering recommendations for sizing and the method for the best foundation.

Thank you for sharing and blessings on your new journey!

I’m starting my love journey with two strand twist…. I would like some recommendation regarding products. Thank you.

I highly recommend the NuGrowth Essentials collection. You want to be sure that you are at the minimum, clarifying every wash, using an herbal treatment or conditioner, and an herbal moisturizer, such as the Moisture Infusion, at least 2x a week. I can provide you more customized advice in a virtual consultation, which you can schedule by clicking here.

Hi please I would like to know if I can add multiple two strand twists together to form a bigger twist instead of taking down my month old two strand twist to start again as I am currently unhappy with its current size. I hope it will still loc if I do this or should I start from the beginning with the proper size . Thank you.

Yes it will lock, but the way it will look (and the speed at which it will fully loc) from constantly being manipulated by washing, adding pomade, and conditioner makes a huge difference than if you do not do those things in the beginning. I’d rather not have locs that look like rocky road ice cream. You’re welcome to check my Instagram to see the result of me using conditioner on 3 month old locs @familyaffairofhair

I Started My Locs 3days Ago With 2Strand Twist. And Im Pretty Okay With The Outcome So Far. But I Have Really Straight Ends. Its Not Permed I Had My Hair Bloen Out By Dominicans And My Ends Remained Straight But The Base Nd Root Of My Hair Is Fine. Any Tips I Can Do To My Hair Without Cutting The Ends?

Unfortunately it sounds like you have heat damage from the Dominican Blowout service, which typically happens because of how they use heat. The only way to rid the straight ends is to cut them because the curl pattern is permanently changed. An alternative is to twist the straight hair and then thread the pieces together so that they’ll stay. Best of luck on your new journey!

I started my loc journey with two strand twists and used bees wax I don’t plan on using the wax again for my retwisting is that a good or bad thing that I started with bees wax?

I really need help I got my hair two strand twisted Saturday so i can start dreading my hair, I used rubber bands on my roots because i have fine hair. When should I take the rubber bands off? Should I wash my hair with the rubber bands on after ywo weeks so the twist wont unravel Im lost n everything i read seem to talk about what to do when the hair have loc what do i do I am 2 days in the loc process…Help Me Please

Also do i need to palm roll my twist after each wash? And how often do i need to wash them Any advice will help

Hello. I started sisterlocs with two strand twist two days ago. I wanted to know since I will start interlocking, which is a lot tighter than twists, should I keep my twists stretched out so when I inter lock the whole dread will be the same skinniness? Should I keep my twists stretched just for the sake of them staying sort of small? Would they get thicker if I leave them be and didn’t keep them stretched out with Bantu knots? What are the mechanics of it all? Thank you so much

I started my journey recently with two strand twist with beeswax. I am wondering should I use it for the retwisting or not?

I started my two strand twist a month ago i have retwist My hair but my hair frizz alot in itch alot what can i use to stop that

Embrace the frizz it is part of the journey! For itchy scalp I made a mixture that works wonders, it is available in the NuGrowth Shop (Shop.CurlyNuGrowth.com) . You can also try witch hazel for your scalp.

Jamaican Mango & Lime No itch Spray

I started my two strands about three months ago and I just took them down and restarted them because I didnt like the way my parts looked. I made them much smaller this time im just worried if their going to turn out right. What should I do to make sure im making then turn into dreads instead of just maintaining twists?

Over time the twists will lose the twisted pattern and look more like locs, but it can take upwards of 2 years for that to happen depending on your texture. Patience is essential. Also be sure for at least the first 6 months to palm roll the entire loc, not just the nu growth to help the pattern diminish. As a general rule of thumb, the locs will swell to about the size of the parts.

Is there a particular way to start the two strand twist because I see people using gels etc but wouldn’t that cause build up? Like do I create my two strand twist just like someone who is looking to do the two strand twist out method too? – If you don’t mind, would you tell me a the necessary products for starting two strand twist??

Essentially yes you create two strand twists and don’t take them out instead maintain them like locs. A good lightwight product that you can use to start your twists that doesn’t buildup and is water soluble is OyinHandmade Shine & Define: http://www.oyinhandmade.com/hair/need/style/shine-define-4.html

I want to start with the two strand method ..i am two months from 2 yrs being natural and i just want to know do i have to wash before and do them wet or keep my stretched hair and do them dry .. Do i have to use gel to twist my roots or could i simply use water ?

I am only two weeks into my loc journey by way of two strand twists. I noticed that a few of my twists are starting to come loose and undone. I have this locking wax but I’m not sure if I should use it. Any suggestions?

Congratulations on starting your loc journey! I definitely would not use any locking wax, beeswax, or pomade on your newly started locs because you’ll only attract lint and buildup in your locs and it will not help them to loc any faster. My advice would be to retwist the twists that are coming undone and try putting your locs into a style that will hold them in place as they try to settle. If styling doesn’t help your locs to stay in place, then I would try the Jane Carter Locking Spray to help hold your locs. You can check out the review of the Jane Carter Locking Spray here: http://bit.ly/1Mv5Kuo

I just started my lock journey a day ago with two stand twist and my question was. Is okay if you start your locs although you have a weak spot??

Probably not a good idea to start with a weak spot. It is always best to start with healthy hair.

I’m 2 weeks into my loc journey, I wanted to know how often should you retwist your hair? and my hair is not staying twisted at my root , any suggestions ?

Congratulations on your nu journey! I would recommend waiting at least 4 weeks in-between retwists. It is usually normal for some hair to untwist at the root as your nu growth grows in, the ends however should stay twisted to help keep the shape of the locs.

Hi, I’d really appreciate an answer. I’m mixed race and my curls are a bit tighter than this https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Jheri_Curl_Smile_(395044434).jpg.
I’ve been told I can do regular twists, but I’d have to use gel/wax often and they’d unravel easily. I really want a bunch of thin dreads (Over 100), so can I get a bunch of small two strand twists to get this look? Or can you only get thick two strand twists.

NO! Please, PLEASE don’t use any wax on your locs! You can start with two strand twists, braids, or interlocking (to give you “instant” locs) and maintain them using only oil and water or a light gel like Aloe Vera Gel or Flaxseed Gel!

Alright, thanks. It turns out I have a mix of 3c/4a hair, I should’ve mentioned this. A lot of people have been recommending me the interlock method but there’s just a couple things I don’t get. (Sorry, I’m new to this) Do I start with regular twists then interlock? Or do I get them interlocked at the very start?

You can start directly with interlocking or you can get twists and maintain them with interlocking, it really depends on the look you’re going for.

Take a look at this video to get a better idea of what interlocking entails- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F50dvLtechU

I started a set of locks with coils. After about 5 weeks of washing every 3-5 days, avoiding conditioners, and using minimal moisturizers, I decided I wanted micro locs. I decided on the 2 strand twist method and it came out really really well. I used only a water and coconut oil mix (with very minimal amount of coconut oil). I don’t recommend using anything for twists unless you feel that you absolutely have to. I recommend misting the hair with water and twisting it while it is wet. Honestly, I think the reason my twists came out so well was because my hair and scalp had time to adjust to the minimal product regimen. I would recommend taking some time (1-2 weeks) to stop using anything in your hair that will soften it too much if you have a looser curl pattern before installing your twists.

If your twists are micro sized, you will need to interlock to maintain, so that you don’t break your locs. If your twists are pencil sized or larger, you should be able to maintain by just twisting the roots into a coil and clipping them down to dry and settle into place.

I do have very very coarse hair, however, I did texturize my hair back in February. So you could say my ends are like 3c pattern and my roots are like a tight 4c.

I agree minimal product use and giving your hair/scalp time to adjust is essential! Thank you for sharing your journey and lessons learned.

I am interested in dreadlocks. I have found these ideas very interesting.

I have just started to gel twist but I am not sure how long to wait until I wash my hair. I was advised not to get it wet.

It is recommended to wait a minimum of 3 weeks before shampooing your hair for the first time.

Here is how you would do it at home: https://youtu.be/2qZXmSK12Vw

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You mentioned not to use Shea butter. Can you give more details, why not? And what to use when starting/twisting?

You can read the article “Why I Stopped Using Shea Butter” and “7 Products for Retwisting Locs” for the answers!

I’ve tried to click “Sign Me Up”, but it only directed me to a blank page!

So then no product to start the two strand twist?? Just clean, dry, hair??
I’m interested in start with this method.

It is up to you whether or not you choose to use products, but I would definitely recommend starting with wet, moisturized hair not dry hair.

Earlier in the blog you said we should avoid using Jamaica mango and lime gel. Could you expound on the reason?

Yes, read the full article on Jamaican Mango & Lime.

Hey!

Its Notez the Photographer, I started my loc journey two days ago on March 9th. I’m a little nervous but more so excited 😀 .. I used coconut oil, a little gel and honey to do my two strand twist method. I was just wondering is it mandatory to wash them in 2 weeks..? I was told that if i keep them oiled, and palm roll them I can wait a little longer to wash them. Any feedback??

Hey Notez! I would suggest waiting at least 4 weeks before you’re first shampoo. Also, now that you’ve started them on the locking process, you can ditch the honey and embrace your nu growth 🙂

I started my daughters locs with 2 strand twists about a month ago and i washed them for the first time last weekend. I used the mango and lime shampoo and conditioner and the locking gel on the new growth. My question is how often should i palm roll her twists and what product works best on 4c hair for this jouney?

Hi Ebony, you should throw the JML in the trash immediately.. that line is very bad for locs over an extend period of time. You can review my review of the products here. Products do not actually loc the hair, they are only mean for polish. In this article “7 Products for Retwisting Locs“, I list several different products that work well on locs depending upon your desired results. I hope this helps 🙂

Hello,
I started my lock journey with the two strand twist December of 2015 by a professional. I am in the military and we are required to keep our hair nice and tidy.. Is it healthy for the twist to be in a bun all the time? I have seen new growth. Also, I have permed ends, I plan on cutting the permed ends off after my natural hair reaches a certain length. I have not washed them yet, should I wash my hair? It’s going on 3 months. My hair does not smell. Please, give me the guidance I need to continue on with healthy locs. Thank you!

Hello,
I started my lock journey with the two strand twist December of 2015 by a professional. I am in the military and we are required to keep our hair nice and tidy.. Is it healthy for the twist to be in a bun all the time? I have seen new growth. Also, I have permed ends, I plan on cutting the permed ends off after my natural hair reaches a certain length. I have not washed them yet, should I wash my hair? It’s going on 3 months. My hair does not smell. Please, give me the guidance I need to continue on with healthy locs. Thank you!

Yes, please shampoo your hair ASAP. You should not extend 8 weeks without cleansing your scalp. If you do have to keep you hair in a bun, try to change it’s position so you’re not tying it in the same place constantly which will cause thinning in the locs. Also, be sure the bun is not tight because that can cause a lot of stress on your edges.

Hello! I added my husbands locs to my hair. I love it because it’s nice and long, but the lady that did it didn’t do it neatly, his locs are sliding off or not connected to my roots -_- it’s really bothering me. What should I do? I don’t know anyone here in Maryland to fix it.

always was inspired by my mother having locs, I did y research & started my dread process, started out with coils about a month in a half ago. they look pretty good I was my hair once a week , . i know its a process so im not really cornced about my hair being super long because i now it will take years for that. but how long I’ll it take to just hang, or to grow a full inch , how long will it take to look like little dreads?

Typically our hair grows 1in in two months but because we’re locking out hair we see less growth, especially in the early stages because your hair has to tangle together (think constant shrinkage). Generally, your locs are fully budded within 12-18 months.

I two strand twist my hair and i would like them to loc would i have to by the dread loc gel or they lock on its own

They will loc on their own of course. Using product solely add shine and nourishment, it does not cause your hair to loc or loc and faster. Enjoy your new journey!

Hi
You say do not use mango and lime locking gel on your locks is that the same for other mango and lime products?

Thank you

Yeah, they are pretty much all trash.

Hello!
My locs were started about a week ago with 2 strand twists and interlocked at the root. I have seborrheic dermatitis, and I fear that the things I am using to keep my scalp from flaking will prevent my hair from locing in the long run. Any suggestions?

I would need more information about the things that are you using and your lifestyle, hair history, etc to answer that question. Feel free to schedule a “Virtual Consultation” with me if you would like my professional recommendation for you hair.

What is the average number amount of loss to start with? I twisted my hair yesterday and only have 46 twists in my hair. My goal is to have medium thick sized locs? I have thick kinky curly hair around 4B, 4C. I just want my hair to look full.

The fullness is dictated more so by the parting system than the number of locs because the number of locs will vary based on each individual’s hair texture and density.

I have natural hair, but allergic to products can I loc without products I have two strand twists using no products

Yes of course! Products do NOT lock the hair.

I d not want them to be free form, how can I keep them neat. Did you say black castor oil is not good, I use a little on my hair line where years of relaxing has thinned it

I just got two strand twists for the first time. I’ve had them in for 3 days and i was wondering if my 4c hair will dread on its own or if I’ll need to do something to them

Your hair can naturally form locs, you do not need to specifically do anything to “make your hair lock” but you do need to take care of your hair!

Have you had any experience using alo Vera gel on locs

Thank you

Yes, aloe vera gel is great for locs!

I’m one week into my journey to achieve locs with 2 strand twist. I’ve been researching but I’m still confused on what I do next. I’m experiencing a lot of frizz and itching and I was told to re twist my ends but other than that don’t touch them. When can I wash it? Should I be putting anything on them? And retwisting part and I taking the twist apart?

I just got my two strand twists done at a local beauty shop to start my loc journey but I have dandruff really bad…what can I do to or should I use to keep my scalp moisturized?

ive started my locs out with 2 strand twist and its been a little over a month she used some khemet hair wax i believe and i now have build up in the back of my hair i dont know if i should return to her because i had shoulder length hair and she told me since my hair was that long it would cost me 110 in order to start and she also has told me not to wash it for a month i dont know what to do with this build up in the back of my head smh and she also used this lime and mango locking products

Horrible! I definitely would not go back to her! Ever!

Today makes 1 month since I’ve started my loc journey…I had my hair 2-strand twisted at a local beauty shop. She told me not to wash for at least a month or 2 and to to use witch hazel to clean my scalp, but I’m starting to have dandruff build up…should I wash my hair and if so what would be the best shampoo?

Abosolutely shampoo your locs and use the JUST CLEAN by Crown Elements!

I started my locs today only using a lite gel and water the twists look like its curly but aren’t coming undone. So I should wait a month on washing my hair? After a wash do I need to redo my locs? Or just leave them as is i am new to this any other advice would be helpful.. Thank you

Hi, I’ve recently begun my loc journey and I’m starting with two strand twists. I’m a month and 2 weeks in and just got my first wash and retwist 2 weeks ago. The stylist picked up a jar of mango and lime locking gel which I thought she would be using (I see the majority of people use this product but I see where you’ve mentioned that it shouldn’t be used). Long story short, after leaving the salon I realized that she actually used a black styling gel atleast on the front rows instead. So far the flakes of the dried gel have brushed off but I was wondering if I could get your opinion of if she knew what she was doing. I’ve read that black gels shouldn’t be used.

Whoa! She absolutely does NOT specialize in locs. If you continue using either of those products, you’ll have so much build up!

Thank you ! That’ll be my first and LAST time. Its just so difficult to find a real loctician

Hi! Im Tito. And I’m here because I’m worried about my dreads. I have 17 days today, but I’m worried about what she tells me. She did the 2 strand twist only at the root, to about half of my hair then the other half she did like some sort of comb twist. The tips are coming apart the only thing that’s holding everything in place is the 2 strand twist. Elegant should I do for my tips?

I just started the two strand twist method to start my locs a couple of weeks ago. Are there any products you would recommend using in my hair that will help keep them moisturized and possibly help with growth?

I just started my loc journey a few weeks ago, and I’m just curious to see what would be some good products to use in my hair since I’m starting out with the two strand twists.

Ive started my locs with 2 strand twist and its been about a month, but i just free grabbed the hair. Before it locs is it necessary for me to put some structure to it and part it?

Hi,
I started my loc journey of August 2017 with two strand twist. My hair does not have a tight coil pattern. I have only re-tightened once as not to over stress my hair. Around the third month I saw that I have budding right at the roots only. The rest of my hair is super frizzy but not taking on any shape whatsoever and it has not swelled as I have read it should. Is there something more that I should be doing to my hair to get the strands to swell so that it can start to look like teen locs. My hair is not that thick to begin with, it more on the medium side closer to thin. I use the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioner. Not sure if this would be the best product for growth of my locs. Any advice you can give would be so appreciated.

I want to loc my hair but I’m just not sure if I can handle the commitment.That said, is it easier to brush out locs that started out as two strand twists if you haven’t waxed them or done anything to make them have that ‘dread-like’ shape. Like if you just got your hair twisted and never did anything to it again thereafter.

I would like to start my locs with human hair kinky twists (maybe 4 inches worth). I want use the hair to add a little bulk to my hair, but still be skinny because my hair is thin/3b.
Do you think this would work or look natural?

I started my locs with two strand twists in April of 2017. I have interlocked my roots 3 times since the beginning of my loc journey. It has definitely swelled and budded quite a bit, but there are large lumps and bumps in many of my locs, as I have not spent much time twisting the actual loc. My hair is curlier than I thought it was and I thought wetting it would help it to loc faster. My question to you is, is there a way for me to reduce or reverse the sizes of the bumps in my locs? I get many compliments on them, but I’m not exactly happy with how uneven and bumpy they are.

Hi Jocelyn, hopefully you’ll see my message. So here’s my story. I went to the barber shop to make my twist. I really dont know what method he used but it wasnt the two strand twist. And then I wanted to remake my twist but with the two strand method.
Can I get dreads by doing two strand twist WITHOUT using any products? I know I should wash my hair for atleast 4 weeks, right? But in my opinion, I dont really want to use products for my hair, but if I really have to, I will use them. Thank you for your help, hopefully you’ll respond! Have a good day, Jocelyn

-A Newbie in dreadlocks

How often should you retwist two strand twist?my locs are already 6 years strong im just making them thicker.

Hello,
I started my locs a month ago. I have gotten my hair retwisted every 2 weeks, but a lot of them untwist after a couple of days. When I am at home I wear a stocking cap and satin scarf on top. I also use oils (olive, hemp, coconut, peppermint mix) to moisturize my locs. Is there a way to prevent them from untwisting after a couple of days? Also are my methods bad for my locs?

hello I started my loc journey on Sunday Feb 3rd but I read u said stay away from jamaican mango products that is wat I use to start do u think I should wash n re use something else

Hello I read through all the comments here and I have a question. I have pretty thick hair that I’ve used henna on for years because I have gray. Earlier you told someone thickness could be done depending on the parting pattern. What parting pattern with 2 strand twists will give you the fullest look? Thanks in advance. I want them to be as thick as possible and I think my henna may hurt me.

So I locd my hair before with coils. I took them out bout 4months ago. Now I’m starting with two strand twists. I’m a little nervous about bunching. What’s your advice or could you give me any tips on how to deal with bunching if it’s inevitable? Thank you love your blog

Thank you for this site! Very informative. One of the things I have been researching is loc size and hair retention. I would like to know what is the smallest size that is recommended for 2 strand twists. Also. my hair tends to swell when not blow dried. I am wondering should I blow dry prior to starting the 2 strand twits? And does palm rolling pull the hair out and cause hair loss? I have been told that it does. I don’t think it would do well for my hair. I have several different textures of hair. My hair is finest in the back, but thickest at the crown. Thick at the root with small s shaped “ringlets” at the tip.

Hi, so I would like to know one thing about the two strand twists. I want to start my locs with the two strand twist but is it fine if I never retwist my hair? Not even once? Will they still be locked one day?? Or if I retwist my hair, will they be locked more faster?

Great question! Short answer, if you retwist the twists they will look and feel loc’d faster. However if you never retwists them, depending on the length, yes one day they will look like locs but it will take much longer.

I’m about to start my two strand twist dreads my hair is around 6/7 inches long and have around a 3b hair so when I have previously two strand twisted my hair with no product my twist tent to fallout from the bottom and become undone with in two days how can I start my dread journey with out having this problem. I’m aware you say use minimum product so do I use bands or what product do I use to hold the twist .thanks

That’s kind of the same question that I have. When I get em retwisted do I just take them down first or get them retwisted while they are still in?

I’m Interested in starting the loc journey. My hair soft and is very prone to frizz and my curl pattern is coily. There are no chemicals or anything on my hair. I’m natural and will flat iron on occasion. What product(s) would you recommend to start the process? Aloe Vera gel to start the two strand twist? I also have dry scalp, what product(s) to keep it moisturized? I know washing shouldn’t be done for the for at least 3-4 weeks, what shampoo/conditioner would you recommend?

I just started mine with the 2 strand twist today what do I do next ? I plan on keeping them covered up for a while is that ok or bad and I just want to use straight coconut oil the organic kind is that ok?

Welcome to the journey! I would suggest not covering your hair, if you can help it, so that you don’t flatten your starter locs, dry them out or cause lint accumulation. I also generally advise against coconut oil but if your hair/scalp like it, then go for it. Alternatively, you can check out this article, “Top 5 Oils for Locs” and also check out this post “Top 3 Things You Need For Retwising Locs“. I hope this helps!

I will be going to my hair stylist to begin two stranded starter locs. What should I suggest she use on my hair instead of gel for the process? Gel makes my hair dry and brittle.

I just had my 2 strand twist done a week ago as part of my journey to dreads. I have a 4C hair and the twists are about 200!! Is that okay?

Yeah, sounds like you have microlocs.

Hi, I started microlocs with two strand twist a few weeks ago. I have around 500 twists. I am wondering how long should i wait for my first wash/retie (interlocking). Also i was hoping for more locs – if my twist havent yet locked can I divide some of the larger twists?

Hi, I’ve recently started my loc journey with two strand twist method I just have a few questions. The front closer to my forehead is significantly shorter than the back, is that normal or should I cut everything and start over looll. Also how often should I retwist, I be been told 6 weeks by others and 4 weeks as well so idrk anymore. Lastly how often should I wash them and how. My twists aren’t as long as others and I fear washing them might cause them to untangle.

So I tried twice to start my loc but they have now loc,I have soft hair n am not sure which products to use

You don’t need products to lock your hair, just patience. With softer textures of hair, and/or longer lengths, the process will take much longer. Stick with it!

Can locs be started from two-strand twists where the roots of the twists are braided?

Yes if they will be maintained with interlocking

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