Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do you start natural or loc’d hair?
A: The process is first and foremost a psychological one. You have to be ready emotionally to do it. It starts with accepting your hair type, and realizing that your hair is beautiful just the way it is. Some people may start with the “big chop”, while others might grow put their relaxed hair and then trim off the relaxed part when they are ready. However you decide to start the process, do your research first, and look for pictures and tutorials of styles that you can rock at your current length and texture. If you are natural already and are looking to start locs, check out the Growing Locs Start-Up page that explains all the methods you can use to start locs.
Q: Are locs permanent?
A: They can be if you’d like. But, there are a few ways to take them down. You can obviously shave you head. You can grow out the roots and them cut them when you have the amount of natural hair you are comfortable with. Or, you can comb them out. This can take a couple weeks to do if you are solo, but the end result will be long natural hair. Your hair will likely be fairly damaged from the comb-out process.
Q: How did you start your locs?
A: I started my locs with about 4 inches of natural hair. I used the two-strand twist method and my twists were braided at the roots. Now, I re-twist the roots of each loc clockwise.
Q: How long did it take for your hair to loc?
A: My hair loc’d in about 8 months but generally it will take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
Q: How often do you re-twist your roots?
A: I used to re-twist about every 4 weeks. But, over styling, and over twisting your locs can cause damage, even if you don’t have locs. So, now I re-twist the front locs every 4 weeks to keep them neat looking. The rest of my hair I re-twist every 2.5-3 months.
Q: Do you get treated differently because of your locs?
A: Years ago, that might have been the case, but these days a lot of people rock locs, and it has nothing to do with Rastafarianism-it’s just another style, another alternative. If I get any negative comments, which is very rare, it is usually from the much older generation and I can respect that, because they were raised to believe locs were rebellious. But I mean really, they are! I’m rebelling against weave, and chemicals!
Q: Will you ever cut your locs?
A: Absolutely. I have nothing against cutting my locs. I plan on trimming them very soon, just for maintenance purposes. But, honestly, at this point I love having locs, and I can’t see myself not having them
Q: Do you ever color your locs?
A: Personally, I am a fan of black locs. I think colors look great a lot of people, but I like mine black. I have colored the tips of my locs black to cover up some stubborn lint and when I do I use Bigen hair color because it is Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide free
Q: What do products do you use in your hair
A: I mostly use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Castor Oil, mixed with essentials like Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil. My favorite product that I probably shouldn’t use is Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil.