Monday, January 30, 2012

Should I Start My Locs With Two-Strand Twists?

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?"


First thing that I am going to say is yes, you can start Traditional Locs from Two-Strand Twists. However, please be aware that as they begin to mature and start to loc the twists will swell up and get a lot thicker. More often than not, people don't take that factor into consideration and end up unhappy with their locs after a few months because they've become too large.

How long does it take to loc? This question is going to vary from person to person depending on your hair texture and hair care regimen. A more tightly coiled (kinky) hair texture will loc really quickly, where as a soft, loosely coiled (curly) hair texture can take months to years to loc. I am currently 15 months into my Sisterlock Journey and there are areas that are just as loose as before I had my Sisterlocks installed. A loc journey really teaches you patience.

Also, 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 Witch Hazel or my specially forrmulated blend of Anti-Itch Spritz [HERE].

I would not recommend starting Locs with finger/comb coils because coils will have a hollow center and will take a lot longer to loc and are more prone to unraveling and/or odd shaped locs. My suggestion is to determine what size you want your Locs to be and have them started about half that size with two-strand twists to allow them space to swell and mat.

Also, check out Michelle's Hair Feature [HERE] she just began her loc journey a few months ago with two-strand twists and she has been pretty frequent with updates on their progress via her YouTube channel [HERE].

12 comments:

  1. I started my hair with two strand twists. Ive had them for 5 months now and they have not swelled up yet and are still the same size. Only maybe a few of the twists are locing at the tip of the twist only.

    My hair is not going thru the stages. I have coarse hair. Wash my hair every 1 to 2 weeks normally. I dont know whats going on...

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    1. Starting locs from two-strand twists or any locs in general, the amount of time that it takes your hair to loc all will depend on your hair and your regimen. If you're using conditioners and/or shampoos that don't lend to loc'ing or your loc'ing pomade doesn't allow the hairs to catch on to each other you're basically just maintaining two-strand twists. Additionally for your hair you may be shampoo'ing too frequently... every week is definitely too much if you're just starting out. They recommend waiting at least 3-4 weeks when you first begin to start locs.

      We can chat more via email if you'd like, check out the "Contact" tab to send me an email. Either way, all the best...be patient.

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    2. Hi, I just started my locs with two strand twist last Friday (well I went to the salon to get my hair two strand twisted). So I wanted to know the dos and don'ts. She told me not to was until about the 6 week, and to come back to get my hair interlock. Okay I searched that method, and don't care for it. But I really want to know the do's and don’ts and what to use or not use etc., please help. - a fellow loc starter

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  2. No disrespect to you, but I started my locs with two strand twists and have washed every 3-7 days from the beginning. Hair will loc whether you use shampoo and conditioner or pomade...look at freeformers!

    This is my second set of locs, the first I started with comb coils and they locked much quicker than this set.

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    1. Yeah I agree with you that you can start with whatever method you choose and regardless your hair will loc in its own time. I was offering recommendations for sizing and the method for the best foundation.

      Thank you for sharing and blessings on your new journey!

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  3. I Started My Locs 3days Ago With 2Strand Twist. And Im Pretty Okay With The Outcome So Far. But I Have Really Straight Ends. Its Not Permed I Had My Hair Bloen Out By Dominicans And My Ends Remained Straight But The Base Nd Root Of My Hair Is Fine. Any Tips I Can Do To My Hair Without Cutting The Ends?

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    1. Unfortunately it sounds like you have heat damage from the Dominican Blowout service, which typically happens because of how they use heat. The only way to rid the straight ends is to cut them because the curl pattern is permanently changed. An alternative is to twist the straight hair and then thread the pieces together so that they'll stay. Best of luck on your new journey!

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  4. I started my loc journey with two strand twists and used bees wax I don't plan on using the wax again for my retwisting is that a good or bad thing that I started with bees wax?

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  5. I really need help I got my hair two strand twisted Saturday so i can start dreading my hair, I used rubber bands on my roots because i have fine hair. When should I take the rubber bands off? Should I wash my hair with the rubber bands on after ywo weeks so the twist wont unravel Im lost n everything i read seem to talk about what to do when the hair have loc what do i do I am 2 days in the loc process...Help Me Please

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  6. Also do i need to palm roll my twist after each wash? And how often do i need to wash them Any advice will help

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  7. I started my journey recently with two strand twist with beeswax. I am wondering should I use it for the retwisting or not?

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