The Awkward Phase of Locs

I’ve always said locs are a journey that teach you many lessons, and if nothing else they teach you patience. You have to embrace patience to enjoy each stage of the hair loc’ing process. There are major changes as your baby/starter locs mature into the teenage stage and then adulthood, along with all the transitional phases in-between. One of the most commonly known phases is the awkward phase, a.k.a the ugly phase.


The awkward phase is thought to be the right of passage into having locs but also the phase that most people don’t want to go through. I am currently there with my new set of locs. I remember going through the awkward phase with my Sisterlocks and honestly it was kind of tough.

Check out the latest discussion with a “Loc Veteran” about “The Awkward Phase” and then share your experience getting through it or if you’re here too how you’re handling it.

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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 don’t think I ever had an awkward phase. But I believe that’s because I freeform so it was wild and unruly and “awkward” from the start.

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I’m in month 2 of my starter locs. A few weeks in on some locs I combed out and retwisted. I’m ok with being patient, moreso on growth rather than the stages. I am, however, having a hard time keeping my hands out, retwisting with my fingers, and dealing with unraveling due to me sweating in my sleep.

November 2018. I started my locs.. And I’m I think in the ugly stage.My husband says They dropped already. I just have to have patience and trust it will grow in due time

Love my locs

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