Maiden Edition - June 14
To Knows, Before You Loc your Hair! Written by Ade Balogun
Hey there, I have decided to do one of my 7's for the newbie's and those interested in loc'ing their hair but really have no clue on what to expect. I get a lot of compliments now that I have paid attention to styling my hair more often, however most of the compliments end with "I can never Loc my hair", "I can never carry the same hair do forever" , the "I can never" excuses are endless. If you really want to loc your hair or have just started, below are few tips on what to expect/ come to terms with. Some of the stuff below I figured out before my loc journey, but some others I wish someone told me. So, lets get right into it...
The Big Chop. Your Hair won t Loc Immediately.
To get locs right you have to cut off all chemically processed (permed) hair, this is advisable as it is the first step to healthy locs, however it is the most difficult stage as it can be awkward, un-attractive and demanding to manage. However, in today's world of youtube and instagram, you'll be surprised that there's all sorts you can do with a Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA)/ Baby locs.
- courtesy Damilola Lawal
Inspiration to loc your hair often comes from people who already have long locs, unfortunately you don't start to see length until after your locs form fully. The first six months to one year will be about a lot of shrinkage as the hair strands are in the process of uniting (for lack of a better word). This is entirely normal and like all things in life this stage too shall pass. Patience is key and "there is God Oh!"
You know when you want to relax your hair and it is relaxed an hour after; or when you want to braid your hair and it is braided 3- 6 hours after. It is so not the same with locs. Locs don't happen at once. It is a gradual process that takes as much as 6 months - a year to fully form. My consolation to you on this slow process is that every stage of your locs is a style in itself just like the evolution process. Explore it and enjoy it.
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