Curly Care Series: 8 Things You Need to Know About Locs

A constant source of curiosity, judgement and prejudice –locs are still one of the most highly-misunderstood hairstyles of all times. Often referred to as “dirty”, “messy” or “rebellious”, many people have failed to understand some of the spiritual and religious reasons behind locking. As well as some of the healthy benefits that locs can have on naturally kinky hair. As part of our Curly Care Series, we’re here to dispel the misconceptions and offer some advice to anyone considering the hairstyle. Here are eight things you need to know about locs.


Can you wash locs?

Lets clear this up from the very start…yes! A common misconception is that hair must be dirty to lock. This is completely untrue. Locked hair still needs to be washed regularly! In fact, clean hair tends to lock faster than unwashed hair as excess oil secreted by the scalp can act in loosening the locks.


How are Locs washed?

People with afro hair should ideally be washing their locs once every couple of weeks during the first three months of the locking process. European hair needs to be washed slightly more during this time – once a week is a good amount. It is important to only use residue-free shampoos and concentrate on cleaning the scalp, as this is where the oils build up. Use warm water and shampoo or a shampoo bar to wash, rinse, condition and make sure your locks are thoroughly dry before going about your day! Trapped moisture will not only cause your dreads to smell, but can eventually lead to molding.


What is palm rolling?

Palm rolling is a method used to tighten and compress dreads, as well as to lock in loose hairs. It involves rubbing the dread back and forth between the palm (think Play-Doh).


What are crochet locs?

This method of locking involves using a crochet needle to tighten or create locs. The process works in pulling loose hairs inside the body of the dreadlock for a smooth, tidier look. The crochet method is a lot easier to do on thick locs.


What are free-form lock?

The most natural way to create a locked style, free-form locks describes hair that has been left to knot naturally without any type of twisting. Contrary to popular knowledge, clean, dry hair is cable of locking up by itself without any type of intervention. Some people who use this process prefer to separate the hair as it begins to mat (also known as ripping or popping) for more defined dreads.


How do you sleep with locs?

Covering your hair at night with a silk scarf will help to keep your scalp moisturized and prevent loose fluff from sticking to your locks.


How often do locs need re-twisting?

Every 3 – 8 weeks depending on your lifestyle, skill ability and understanding, your hair texture and how quickly your hair grows.


Am I ready for locs?

Locs are a commitment. They need lots of time, care and attention, so you need to be ready to put in the work. Another thing to bare in mind is the unusual and downright ignorant reactions that locks hair can initiate. Be clear on why you are making this decision and be confident with it!

Read our blog for more tips, tricks and advice for curly hair. Helen Huntresslocs is a blogger that shares her haircare journey (with sisterlocs). She has tried and loves our products! Visit her blog to learn more.



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