What Are The Different Types of Microlocs?

Microlocs are essentially locs that are smaller than traditional locs. On average that size of mature traditional locs are the diameter of a pencil. This means that the size of microlocs can vary from the diameter of a shoelace to the diameter of a drinking straw. Also, because of the wide range of sizing there are multiple ways to maintain microlocs.

Types of Microlocs

The most common methods for starting microlocs are with interlocking, braids or twists. However, microlocs can also be started with coils but it is not common.

Microlocs Started with Interlocking

Microlocs Started With Interlocking

Microlocs Started With Interlocking

Using the interlocking method to start microlocs is great for fine textured hair or for those that desire the smallest version of microlocs.

Microlocs Started With Braids

Starting microlocs from braids is common when you have a long length of hair at installation or your hair texture is fine and twists will not hold.

Microlocs started with Twists

Microlocs Started With Twists

Microlocs Started With Twists

Microlocs started with twists are ideal for medium to larger sizes of microlocs and hold well for most textures of hair. The benefit to starting microlocs with twists is, generally speaking, they’re large enough to be maintained with interlocking or Palm rolling.

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Benefits of Microlocs

Microlocs are a great alternative to Sisterlocks and are often times much more affordable. In addition to the cost-savings, microlocs offer advantages such as versatility, neatness, and fullness.

Curly Style on Microlocs

Curly Style on Microlocs

  • Versatility: The small size of microlocs often creates hundreds of locs, which means that the styling possibilities are almost endless.
  • Neatness: Microlocs maintained with interlocking will stay neater for extended periods of time, compared to retwisting, because the sections are smaller, which means less frizz at the roots.
  • Fullness: Microlocs generally result in at least 150-300 locs, depending on the size of your head and which size of microlocs you chose, therefore they will instantly create fullness and volume.
Difference Between Sisterlocks and Microlocs

Difference Between Sisterlocks and Microlocs

Are Microlocs Right For You?

While there are many benefits to microlocs one of the disadvantages, especially for smaller sized microlocs, is the cost and/or time commitment required for maintenance. When considering if mircolocs are right for you, I would highly suggest considering the following factors:

  1. Active Lifestyle: You should consider microlocs if you have an active lifestyle and are interested in locs that will stay neater for longer periods of time and/or you enjoy shampooing your hair frequently.
  2. Cost of Maintenance: If you currently have a budget that includes paying for your hair (i.e. – going to the salon), you should consider microlocs either maintained with interlocking or palm-rolling. However, if you would rather maintain your locs at home, you should consider larger microlocs that you can maintain with palm-rolling.
  3. Time for Maintenance: Generally, microlocs result in over 100 locs and the time necessary to maintain that amount of locs can be a lot, especially if you’re interlocking. You have to ensure that you can commit to that amount of time (typically 6-8 hours minimum) every few months.
  4. Volume & Fullness: The more locs that you have, the less likely you are to see a lot of scalp being shown, which creates fullness to the hair. So, if your goal is fullness, microlocs are definitely an option to consider.
  5. Interested in Sisterlocks: If the size of Sisterlocks are too small, but you like idea of smaller sized locs, microlocs are a great alternative.
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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.

Blog Comments

I’m considering micro locs because sisterlocks are totally out of my budget. And then the cost per hour for retightening every 4-6 weeks on top of that? I can’t. Sisterlocks are soooo beautiful to me, but I cannot afford that. Micro locs offer the same look with the option of fuller locs and I like that because I want the fullness. Thank you for this article, it was very helpful as I look for alternatives to sisterlocks.

No problem Sonya! I am glad that you found it helpful! Best of luck with whichever set of locs you decide!

Hi I have traditional locs at this time and I’ve had them for all most 4 years. My question is I would like to take my traditional locs down and start a journey of micro locs. After taking the locs down how long is good to give your hair a rest before starting another style of locs. I have discovered that the traditional locs can be heavier on the head and neck especially when it is wet. And also I would like to get a price range for how much micro locs would cost me.

If your locs are overly heavy, you may have excessive product buildup contributing to the weight. There is no set time for “resting” in between new locs because the starter locs do not have any weight and will be light. Price range will depend on your area, the skill of your Loctician, and starting method (twists or interlocking).

I have had small braidloc for 3year now. The center of my hair has not mature. I steel see a little scalp. I take small braid hair and braid over to make them thicker. Need help,! Tell me if am doing wrong. Thank you

Yes you are very wrong. You are going to cause thinning from the addition of braiding hair. With all locs you will see scalp, the hair is parted. Please stop immediately.

hello! what are the primary differences in sisterlocs and small Microlocs?

The main difference would no longer be in the sizing but rather the interlocking pattern(s) used which would produce a different looking loc. Sisterlocks utilize multiple patterns unlike regular interlocking/microlocs.

Hi I just got my sisterlocks a month ago and want to have some hair added don’t like the length of my hair and the person that put them in say she don’t like the add should I fine some one else to do them.

You canNOT add extensions to Sisterlocks, they are too small and will break off and/or cause thinning at the roots. I’ve seen it first-hand. Embrace your hair at all stages and it will grow. Don’t cover it or add any extensions.

I had traditional locs. I cut my hair short, because I have thinning at the crown. But I want locs and do you think micro locs would be better. I’m so self conscious about my thinning top.

I think that you should address the causes of the thinning and stop it before starting another set of locs. Visit a Dermatologist or Trichologist in your area.

Training class o microlocs

If you’re interested in learning more about Microlocs, you can definitely setup a one-on-one training class. Just send me an email!

Hello Ms. Jocelyn Reneé,

I am new in this journey and I am interested in Sisterlocks, so I need help. Do you have any recommendations for specialists in the Tucker/Stone Mountain, Georgia (Atlanta metropolitan) area that can guide me in the right and healthy direction for my Sisterlocks?

Peace! I do not personally know any Sisterlocks Consultants in that area but you can visit the Sisterlocks.com website to find a list of Consultants to interview to potentially begin your process.

I did my own microlocs doing the 2 steand twist method. I have about 350 to 365 locs installed. I tried to do a grid but I found that a grid does not matter to me since I’m self maintaining. My question is, once my hair start locking, and I may want to split some of my locs. I know some shed hair will vome out, once I split the loc, can I add the shed hair to the locs Im splitting by using that pointy crochet needle?

Peace Temick! I definitely would not suggest splitting the twists. Two strand twists are meant to stay together when starting locs. With that said, I would not recommend attempting to crochet into the twists and shed hair. Over time the newly formed locs will catch the hair that is meant to stay in there. Wishing you all the best on your new journey!

Hi! I have bra trap length hair low density. Do you think the diamond pattern would be best for my head? I also have an area on the left side of my head that is less dense than the rest. Would a diamond pattern be better for that side?

Based on what you described I would not recommend the Diamond parting system, however it is always best to have a consultation prior to starting locs to determine the best starting method for your hair.

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