After 3 years of wearing my curls, I finally decided to loc my natural hair a few weeks ago!
My journey with loose natural hair had many challenges, however, I wouldn’t change anything about it. After having a relaxer for 14 years, I decided to return natural in 2018. It has been an amazing experience and I’ve learned a lot about myself.
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 experience, which is why I decided to start my loc journey.
If you’ve been thinking about getting starter 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.
The great thing about Locs is they’re low maintenance and less is always more!
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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 highly recommend booking a consultation before going straight to your appointment. You want to make sure you receive any information you need about the process and can bond with your loctician.
I went to two consultations and the 2nd person felt right immediately. Her past work on her Instagram spoke for itself and the reviews that people left for her were on point.
She also made me feel comfortable and reassured me that I would be taken care of during this process.
You want to make sure you choose a person who will start your Locs off correctly. The way you install them is important and can impact how your Locs form in the future.
Starter Locs Styles
There are a variety of ways you can start your Locs and the method you use is up to you!
I was the most comfortable with the two-strand twist method because I already knew how they would look on me.
I never knew two-strand twists could turn into Locs, so I’m very excited to watch the transformation!
Here are a few other ways you can start your Locs, make sure you research before deciding which one to get:
- Comb Coils
- Free Form
- Instant Locs
- Loc Extensions
At first, I wanted to skip past the transition process and 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
Another thing you want to figure out is 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 you want them to mature.
Since this is the last time you’ll be parting your hair, you want to make sure it’s done right. This is why I decided to see a professional instead of starting my own Locs.
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 want to make sure you don’t get them too big because your Locs will expand as they continue to mature. For the type of look I’m going for in the future, I know this size would be perfect for me!
Caring for Starter Locs
One thing that I learned is starter Locs don’t need much. I’m more focused on my scalp than anything!
I’ve been using Luster’s Pink Lush Growth Oil on my scalp and it has soothed any dryness or itchiness that I’ve experienced.
I also spray a mix of Aloe Vera Juice and water on my scalp before applying the oil. I’ve been using Aloe for a while because it has always worked well on my high porosity hair.
It’s also important to sleep in a satin bonnet or scarf. Thankfully, I already had plenty of bonnets in my stash and didn’t have to worry about not having protection for my starter Locs!
I love how I’m able to take off my bonnet every morning and go on with my day without worrying about my hair.
Although my hair won’t loc right away, I still enjoy not having to worry about detangling or having sore arms from trying to style my hair.
Related Post: How to Wash Your Starter Locs Without H2O
When Will It Loc?
Through my research, I found out that 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 5 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 it’s best not to compare your Locs to someone else’s.
It’s easy to get discouraged or feel like your hair isn’t making any changes, but you have to sit back and enjoy the experience.
As I continue to transition through each stage of my loc journey, I’ll be documenting my growth and texture on here and my Instagram. Make sure you follow me on there so you don’t miss out!
Besides being tired of always dreading wash day and detangling, I decided to loc my natural hair because I wanted freedom.
Going on this journey has given me more of my time back and it’s a different feeling that I can’t explain, but all I know is that it was needed.
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.
Some people weren’t supportive of me getting Locs, but I’m glad I didn’t allow that to stop me. If you’re continuing to follow me on this journey, I appreciate you!
Stay tuned for more loc hair care tips and tutorials as I learn more about this process.