One of the beautiful things about locs is that they come in varying shapes and sizes, from hundreds of Sisterlocks to only a few Organic Locs. It is very common to see smaller sized locs but not so common to see thicker locs and often times the question is asked, “How Can I Grow Thick Locs? “
I always knew I wanted thick locs, but about 18 months into my journey my locs weren’t evolving into what I had envisioned so I went searching for solutions. I stubbled upon KOKABUTA’s series for growing thick locs and that helped me lot; I also learned a few other important tips along the way. So if you’re seeking to thicken your locs, without combining your locs, check out the 5 tips that helped me to grow thicker locs.
5 Tips on How to Grow Thick Locs
- Forget everything you think you know. Many people believe that they have to maintain their locs every two weeks, they have to use products made specifically for locs, and they have to palm roll their locs (the list goes on); however, all of these notions, amongst others, are common misconceptions that actually prevent you from attaining thicker locs because those practices are more commonly used on small traditional locs.
- Throw away any unnatural products. Many of the products on the market that are specifically “for locs and dreads”, like Jamaican Mango and Lime, are actually horrible for locs. If you’re not using all natural products, like pure aloe vera gel or flaxseed gel, you’re likely leaving unnecessary buildup in your locs and preventing the loc matrix from forming and progessing through the natural stages of hair loc’ing which can create points of weakness in the locs.
- Leave your hair alone. This is the most crucial factor in cultivating thick locs. It is also healthy for your hair and scalp if you don’t cause undue tension through constant retwisting or style manipulation. When you leave your hair alone, your locs are able to flourish and thicken up because they’re not constantly “made” into condensed retwisted or interlocked bundles.
- Change your diet. Your skin, nails, and hair are all part of the integumentary system, which works closely with the circulatory, digestive and nervous systems, but only benefits when the aforementioned systems are working properly. In other words, you need to be healthy on the inside first to see the benefits like, continuous hair growth, length retention and thicker hair, on the outside. Increasing your water intake to at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day, taking Spirulina daily, buying organic food, and consuming a lot of vegetables are great habits to implement into your lifestyle.
- Feed your hair & stimulate your scalp. The key is to keep your hair hydrated with moisture daily, sealed with a natural oil and protected a night. You also need to keep your scalp clean and stimulated with techniques like Loc Brushing, moisturizing your locs on a daily, or at least every other day, basis will help tremendously to prevent breakage and thinning. Also, no more going to bed without a scarf on a cotton pillowcase and drying out your locs. Protect your locs at night with a Satin scarf, to prevent dryness, lint accumulation, and tension from rolling over your locs at night.
When you first adopt these tips into your regimen, if you’re not already using them, there are a few things to be mindful of, check out the next post “3 Things to Know Before You Start Thick Locs“.
Share any other tips you’ve learned in your journey to cultivate thicker locs!