I recently started locs and I feel they are a little large. My loctician said that it is because of my hair texture and as they become heavy she does not want them to break off. I have also heard from other people with dreads that as long as the hair is moisturized that locs can be maintained smaller no matter the hair texture. What is your take on this? Also if starter locs unravel after say 1 month, should they be coil twisted again or just palm rolled?
She is right about providing your locs with enough hair to anchor as support for long thick healthy dreads in the years to come. Successful dreads stem from neglect and are full of product and matted hair and down the road can become quite heavy. Your loctician obviously accessed what she thought would be the best way to start your dreads. All locs start out the gate their own size, strength and length depending on the texture and conditon of your hair & eventually end up doing their own thing as the weeks progress. In the beginning most clients with kinky hair start out with the coil twist. If theyre unraveling this may indicate your locs are budding and in their process. When you come in after your initial visit your starter locs should be shampooed with pure black soap
. Dont let anyone tell you different or you will be faced with a compromising hygiene issue especially if you are using synthetic or commercial products. A bonafide loctician knows the technique associated with shampooing your baby locs without them coming out. Retwisting them involves a series of modalities that depend on how your new locs are progressing. At maturity they should be palmrolled from the root all the way down to the end. She also would have an umbrella program that consists of natural organic shampoos, waxes and gels used in the cultivation of natural dreadlocks. In the interim you should have at your disposal all the information a loctician has because it is a relationship not a secret mission with cloak and dagger tactics to make it seem as if it were rocket science. Its hair and a journey. Every client is different with a set of circumstances that requires a unique approach involving the basic fundamentals. Like, for example:
- do not put any thing in your hair you would not put in your mouth
- locs equals patience.. at the end of your patience you will find heaven
- anyones hair can loc because all hair sheds and locs form from shedded hair
- locs are historical.. history is a living organism which means shedded hair is not dead hair.. neither are your locs