Why is there shrinkage with starter locs?

I bet you didn’t think you would have shrinkage with locs! But it is true— loc shrinkage, or dread shrinkage, is normal and to be expected during the beginning stages of the hair locking process. Your starter locs shrinkage will make it look like your locs are not growing. If you look at pictures of dread shrinkage before and after someone started their locs, you’ll see that the hair is about the same length— crazy, right?! But in this video I’ll share with you why shrinkage is happening and discuss a question I’m sure is on your mind: how to stop shrinkage in locs.



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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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Hi my name is Jackie I have a fine texture of hair my curls is very soft I not sure if there are locking or not how can I tell if there locking are not

With fine/soft hair it can take months before the locking process really takes root but what you’re looking for is budding to happen. Click here for an article with pictures and explanation.

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