Can you switch between palm rolling and interlocking?
This is a great question if you have an active lifestyle, thinning roots, or desire firmer locs. The short answer, when switching between palm rolling and interlocking, is that it is possible— with caution and care. However, it is important to understand the purpose of each technique to decide if switching between palm rolling and interlocking is a good option for you.
The Purpose of Palm Rolling & Interlocking
The purpose of palm rolling is to use the palm of your hands to manipulate the loose hairs at and around the root toward and into the shaft of the locs. Essentially, with palm rolling the hair is “doing the work” of locking over a period of time.
Whereas, with interlocking the purpose is to intertwine the loose hairs at the root to resemble the internal structure of the shaft of the locs. Essentially, the process of interlocking weaves the loose hair together by bringing the end of the loc through the root.
You can think of palm rolling as forming the onside of the locs and interlocking forming the inner layer of the locs.
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Reasons To Consider Switching to Interlocking
The interlocking technique is very appealing to most individuals for three main reasons.
1. Active Lifestyle. If you’re constantly working out or swimming, interlocking would be an ideal technique to use because it allows you to shampoo your hair and cleanse your scalp more often with minimal unraveling or stray hairs.
2. Thinning Locs. If you’re experiencing thinning at the roots, when performed correctly, interlocking will help to reinforce the hairs together and minimize the possibility of breakage.
3. Loose / Soft Hair. With fine and wavy textures, the process of locking takes longer, but with interlocking you can help the hair stay in place, stimulate the locking process, and produce a firmer loc.
These are all reasons to consider when switching between the two different hair locking techniques. In addition, you should also consider the change in size and appearance that occurs when you switch from palm-rolling to interlocking. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if the benefits of interlocking outweigh the reshaping of the locs for your lifestyle.