Are you tired of spending hours on “wash day” or wondering what to do with all your natural hair aside from cutting it off? Yes?! Then you should
probably definitely consider locs! Here are a few tips to help you easily transition from loose to loc’d.
Do your research
I know everyone says that, but what does it mean?! The quick answer — When you want to transition to locs you need to understand the types of locs, maintenance required for each type, and the different techniques to start them. For example, if you want Sisterlocks and you have shoulder length hair it will cost about $900 – $1200 to install them and about $150, every 6-8 weeks to maintain them; whereas Traditional Locs can be started from Two-strand twists for $85 and maintained once a month at home. Of course, the costs will depend on where you live but the idea is that there is a wide range of options when it comes to locking your hair so you have to do your research and see what you like.
Protective style first
Before you make the commitment to lock your hair, make sure you’re ready to leave it alone. That means no combing, brushing (in the beginning stages), no use of excessive products, and no more finger detangling — this can be a shock to some! To prepare yourself for the transition to locs, put your hair away for a few months. A few styles that will give you the appearance of locs include Marley Twists, Faux Locs, Yarn Braids and crochet Faux locs. After (or even during) this trial period for your locs, decide how you want your locs to look; which brings me to my next point — inspiration.
Always be on the lookout for images, YouTube channels, and Instagram pages of women (or men) with locs that resonate with you and save them because they will keep you motivated. The journey to cultivating the locs you have in your mind will take time, so like any goal, keeping the end result in sight will deter you from giving up. A few good pages to add to your Instagram feed are LocLivin & _locology_!
You will need patience, confidence and an open mind to embrace the new journey to locs. But ultimately, You’re ready to transition to locs when YOU are ready!