Is your hair growing away from your locs?
First, let me say, welcome to the club! The “My Roots Grow Wild & Free” club, I am your tribe leader, Jocelyn— I’ve had locs for 10 years and my roots are still untamed. While, I’m sure you may be frustrated with the unruliness of your hair, I am here to let you know that you are not alone. Your roots and your locs are uniquely beautiful. As such, I am going to share with you a few tips to help you manage the loose hairs instead of fighting with them.
What to Do when your hair grows away from your locs
Loose hairs at the root of your locs are really common for people with wavy or curly hair patterns and/or fine textures of hair. This means if you have thick, coily hair you could freeform or semi-freeform your locs with no issues. But for the rest of use, here are 3 tips for controlling the hair growing away from your locs.
1. Stay Consistent With Grooming. It is a misconception that everyone can freeform or semi-freeform their locs without causing breakage. When your hair grows away from your locs, it is best for you to set a consistent schedule for grooming. Ideally, every 4-6 weeks for retwists or 6-9 weeks for interlocking. Staying consistent will help to train your hairs to stay within your locs and minimize frizz. However, keep in mind that you are constantly growing new hair, that is unloc’d, so regular grooming is everlasting.
2. You can use a crochet hook. Personally, I like to use a micro-crochet hook to pull those really long loose hairs back into my locs. This is safe to do at home, as long as you use the right size for your hair texture.
3. Always Control Flyaways. This is particularly important after you shampoo your locs. I’m sure you know this, but just as a refresher— It is not recommended that you retwist your locs after every shampoo. So, if you shampoo your hair bi-weekly, at week 2 you are NOT retwisting. However, you also don’t want to leave your roots untouched. Instead, just wrap the loose hairs around the base, without clips, before you dry your hair. This will make sure that the foundation of your locs remain strong. If this sounds confusing, check out a quick tutorial in this video, “Techniques for Semi Freeform Maintenance“.
The difference between breakage and loose hairs
I believe it is important to make note of the difference between breakage and loose hair. When your hair is growing away from your locs, the hairs are actively growing which means they will be relatively long. Whereas, if you are experiencing breakage the hairs will be really short and unable to be included into the locs. Here is an example of the two, so that you can see the difference:
I hope this was helpful to you and makes you even more excited to be apart of the “My Roots Grow Wild & Free” club! At any point if you feel frustrated about the loose hairs at your roots you can always come back here and rant. Chances are I’ve experienced exactly what you’re going through and offer this post as a safe space! As for me, your tribe leader, I am considering solely maintaining my locs with the crochet method, but TBD. For now, I am sticking with my bundle retwists and the occasional crochet hook sessions for control.