Now that you have figured out which method you are going to use. You can begin the actual process. For those who choose the organic method, you need no true guidance. Just let your hair be.
For those who choose the cultivated/manicured method, you now have to decide which way you want to start your locs.
Here are the options:
- double strand twist
- comb coils
- interlocking (Sisterlocks falls into this category)
- yarn braids
The most popular ways are double strand twists, comb coils, and interlocking. Recently I have seen a lot of people with braidlocs. For this process, you just braid/plait your regular hair and get them interlocked as the new growth appears. Usually they are braided very small and so they resemble Sisterlocks.
Sisters in Miami have been rocking yarn braids since like 2000. But they wore it because they were in style and it gave the appearance of loc’s. I still see a lot of women wearing them, but only 1 sister I know, is wearing them to loc her hair.
- If you have really soft or curly hair, I do not suggest comb coils. I instead would suggest that you let your hair grown long enough to double strand. Double strand twists unravel less and they are more manageable for curlier or soft hair.
- If you are not sure about loc’s but want to know how you would look with with them (which I know will be fabolous) try yarn braids (aka Nu Loc’s)
- Braid loc’s are nice and becoming a new trend but you can definitely see the two textures (braided part and the latch hooking look on the roots). And they will look like braids for a minute. But if you don’t mind that, braid loc!
- Fight the newbie retwisting every week syndrome. Let your hair do it’s thing. Remember your hair isn’t loc’ing because you retwist rather it’ loc’s with time. So it’s all about being PATIENT. Which brings me to my next suggestion
- If you ain’t PATIENT — loc’s aren’t for you. Sorry!
If you want to know the pros and cons of using each method visit My NHCG.
How did you start your hair? Any regrets. Any suggestions?