After 3 years of wearing my curls, I finally decided to loc my natural hair! My journey with loose curls had many challenges, however, I wouldn’t change anything about it.
Many people wondered why I decided to loc my natural hair, and the answer is simple, your girl is TIRED.
Let’s be real, taking care of natural hair feels like a full-time job sometimes. I wanted a change and a new journey.
If you’ve been thinking about getting Locs, I’ll be sharing my experience in this post, how I found a trusted Loctician, and how I’ll be taking care of my hair moving forward.
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Starter Locs Journey
Choosing A Loctician
Google was my best friend when it came to finding the best person to go to for my starter Locs.
I recommend booking a consultation to make sure you receive information about the process and can bond with your loctician.
I went to two consultations and the 2nd person felt right immediately. Her past work spoke for itself and the reviews that people left were on point. She also made me feel comfortable and reassured me that I would be taken care of.
You want to choose a person who will start your Locs off correctly. The way you install them is important and can impact how they form in the future.
Starter Locs Styles
There are a variety of ways you can start your Locs. I was the most comfortable with the two-strand twist method because I already knew how they would look on me.
Here are other ways to start your Locs:
- Comb Coils
- Free Form
- Instant Locs
- Loc Extensions
At first, I wanted to get instant Locs, however, the cost was outside of my budget. I took that as a sign and figured I needed to be patient and enjoy each step during this journey!
Parting Pattern and Loc Size
You want to figure out the type of parts you want and how big you’d like your Locs. Your parting pattern and size are the foundation of your Locs and will determine how they mature.
Since this is the last time you’ll be parting your hair, you want to make sure it’s done correctly.
I decided to get square parts and my Loctician did an amazing job! They’re neat just like I wanted them.
I chose to get medium-sized twists. You don’t want to make them too big because your Locs will expand as they mature. For the type of look I’m going for in the future, I knew this size would be perfect!
Caring for Starter Locs
When it comes to taking care of starter Locs, less is always more.
It’s also important to sleep in a satin bonnet or with a satin pillowcase to protect your Locs at night. I love that I’m able to get up every morning, shake my hair, and continue with my day!
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There are different stages that Locs go through. You can’t expect your hair to loc overnight, this process will require a lot of patience.
Here are the stages:
- Starter Locs (3-6 months)
- Budding (6-12 months)
- Teen (12-15 months)
- Mature (15-18 months)
- Rooted (18-21 months)
Everyone’s journey is different and you don’t want to compare your Locs to someone else’s. It’s easy to get discouraged or feel like your hair isn’t making any progress, but you have to sit back and enjoy each stage.
I decided to loc my natural hair because I wanted freedom. Going on this journey has given me more of my time back.
I hope that I continue to inspire women to go for it. If you want to embark on a new journey, then do it. Don’t worry about the feedback from others because you can’t please everyone.