Trimming the Frizzy Ends of Locs

Up Close Picture of Loc Bud with Frizzy Ends

Should you trim the frizzy ends of your locs?

The short answer, it depends on where you are in your loc journey.

Up Close Picture of Loc Bud with Frizzy Ends

NO, you should not trim the fuzzy ends off of your locs if you’ve just started your loc journey, within the last 24 months (but preferably 36 months), or if you have fine or loose curly textured hair. The fuzziness at the very ends of your locs is a sign that the loc is actually loc’ing (yay!), meaning the loc is forming the “bud”. The bud at the end of your locs is what will hold in all the shed hairs from the root down, thus allowing “locs” to take shape. Also, as the locs begin to mature they will be fuzzy, at least with most hair textures, and fuzziness is often ok (unless at the root but that’s a different post). Keep in mind that the majority of the fuzziness during the beginning stages will be pulled into the core of the loc to form a solid foundation, but if you cut the fuzziness off before its ready then you’ll weaken the loc and it’ll never stand a chance against all the manipulation to come to future years.

However, there are exceptions…

YES, you can cut the ends of your locs if you’ve been loc’d for at least 2-3 years, or don’t mind waiting for your locs to form another “bud” at the ends, or if you’re just ready for a new haircut (yes you can cut locs into hairstyles!). However, don’t just go cutting off your loc’d ends on a whim because there is a certain method to cutting locs so that they don’t begin to unravel or “blow out”. I recommend visiting a Stylist that is trained or well-versed in Loc Maintenance and Care for a haircut.

Hopefully this helped you to understand why fuzziness in locs is sometimes a necessity, and if you’re curious about the various stages of the loc’ing process, check out that post and video about “The Stages of Hair Loc’ing“.

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Hmmm…I’ve always trimmed the fuzz and I’ve never had a negative experience from it. Those little balls at the end get snipped and I also prune -snip the fuzz along the locs.

You many not see an immediate impact but overtime your locs will be weaker because those hairs would have otherwise embedded into the loc’s matrix to make it stronger.

What happens if you have fuzzies at the roots of your locs. I’m almost three years into my loc journey and some of my roots are not combined into my locs no matter how much I put it back.

I am partial to embracing frizzy hair, especially with locs. But if it is really bothering you, check out Chescalocs tutorial for threading stray hairs: https://youtu.be/s7bkhd6TlfY. I hope this helps! 🙂

happy to join the group

About the second time I went to the stylist that started my locs, after washing and retwisting my babies, she just started to snip at them with the scissors. I stopped her immediately and asked her NOT to cut the loose hairs, because I knew from researching this issue that they were too young to start ‘loc pruning’. She was surprised, said they would look neater (yeah, they would in the short term, but long term???). She also wore her own hair relaxed, and that in itself has made me swear to never let a non-loc’er do my locs! Yeah, my loose strands DO drive me crazy, and I have to constantly work on separating them from neighboring locs and herding them back into their original locs (wrapping around the loc), but I’ve got my eye on how I want my thick locs to look 5 years from now, so the sacrifice and extra work now is worth the end results down the road. Patience!!!

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hello , i’m trying to grow thicker dreads . i’m approaching my 4 year loc anniversary . around 2 or 3 years ago , my loctician trimmed my locs with clippers :(((((( (this is because i was getting a curly style and my locs were extremely frizzy at that point) and they’re not as thick as they used to be . what can i do to help them grow thicker again ?

That’s so unfortunate that they “trimmed” your locs like that. Technique can control frizz NOT buzzing the locs, but as far as where you are now the only solution to correct the damage that they caused would be a loc repair with afro-kinky hair to replenish the thickness of your locs.

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