Dreadlocks have gone mainstream in recent years, and there’s no question why. The style has adorned the heads of hot celebs like Lenny Kravitz, Bob Marley, Rihanna, and Zendaya. People love the style because it is carefree and it looks unique.You may already have dreads but struggle with getting your dreads to lock quickly and effectively. Methods like interlocking, twisting, and palm rolling will help to lock and set your dreads. You should also keep your dreads clean and well-maintained as this will help them lock quickly and stay healthy. Her a 3 tips to help your hair lock faster.
1. Instant Locs
The interlocking technique, called latch-hooking or root flipping, requires pulling the ends of a section of hair (or a dreadlock) through the root of that same section. This creates a “lock” of sorts and holds the hair in that position while a dreadlock forms. Hence the term Instant Loc.
This method can also be used on starter locs. Loose hair is repeatedly interlocked from ends to roots using one of the tools mentioned above. Depending on your hair type, condition, and density, it could take a couple of hours to interlock all of your hair. It takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for the hair to lock and look like mature dreadlocks.
2. Keep Locs Tied Up
You want to prevent unraveling as much as possible to encourage your hairs to intertwine. That means keeping everything contained. Make sure you’re wearing a satin scarf or bonnet at night and you can try using a stocking cap when you shampoo.
3. Prevent Product Buildup
Contrary to popular belief it is not the product that creates locs it’s the hairs connecting and forming a tangled web that creates locs. There was no “Locking Creme” in the 18th century, yet there were locs. Think about that. So avoid all beeswax, petroleum, or anything that says “firm hold” because all you’ll do is cause build up and attract lint by trying to “glue” your locs together. If you’re unsure of what products to use, please avoid “trial and error” which often leads to thinning and breakage. You want to use brands that are chemical free and will not cause a slippery film on your locs, such as a clarifying shampoo Lazy Natural Shampoo.
If you feel like you don’t have the patience to wait for your hair to naturally form buds and starter locs, there are many protective styles such as butterfly locs, bohemian locs and two strand twist locs that can give you a fresh trendy look.
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