A Twitter follower asked me:
“I want to start my Loc journey. I did my hair in two-strand twists about two weeks ago, could I start them from there? How long does it take to loc? Its itching and starting to frizz, should I take the two-strand twists out and do finger coils?”
How long does it take to lock?
This question is going to vary from person to person depending on your hair texture, hair density and hair care regimen. A more tightly coiled (kinky) hair texture will generally loc quicker than a soft, loosely coiled (curly) hair texture; however if you’re using the wrong products for either texture it could take months up to years before the hair actually locks. With my last two sets of locs, it took 18 months before my hair began to really loc because I was using the wrong products (doh!). Now on my current 3rd set of locs, my hair is already budded at month 3!
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What To Do About Frizz
With locs comes frizz. Having frizzy locs and/or roots is not really something that you can control, especially if your hair is soft. Using Aloe Vera Gel is an all natural way to help manage it, but by no means will it alleviate frizzness completely. To help control some of the itching, you can try using alcohol-free Witch Hazel or an astringent based moisturizer, such as “PURE SCALP”. And if you’re looking for more tips for at-home care with locs, like moisturizing your locs or preventing dryness, definitely check out “The Guide to Unlocking Moisture in Locs“.
And if you’re still not decided on starting your locs with two-strand twists? I recommend reading the “7 Methods to Start Locs: Advantages, Disadvantages and Drawbacks” article! And if you have already started your locs and you are looking for help retwisting and caring for them at home, I highly recommend joining the “DIY Loc Maintenance Workshop“!