Should you trim the frizzy ends of your locs?
The short answer, it depends on where you are in your loc journey.
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“.