I felt the need to write on this topic because of a video I saw recently on youtube. It’s bad enough that there are people with locs / locks who don’t always know what they are doing, but it adds insult to injury when the person styling the locs / locks doesn’t have or has never had locs / locks because they tend not to sympathize with keeping your locs / locks healthy.
In the video there was a woman who had sister locks that wanted to turn them into traditional size locs. She went to a hair salon in California (who shall remain nameless because I don’t want ya’ll going there and getting your hair messed up) to have this process done. The stylist in the video didn’t have locs herself which can be red flag number one. Red flag number two was that this wasn’t a regular natural hair salon, it was a braid shop. We all know that braid shops have a bad reputation for messing up folks hairlines, but they also have a bad reputation for not knowing how to do locs / locks well.
There are two main ways to join locs / locks together in order to make them bigger. You can 1) interlock or latch hook them at the root and wait for them to grow out into one lock or 2) you can take human kinky hair and wrap it around 2 or 3 locs creating one larger loc in the process.
The stylist in the video (who had micro braids) chose the second method of wrapping human kinky hair around every 2 locks. This was not my issue. My issue was the fact that before she wrapped the hair around the 2 locks she put a heavy amount of “weave glue” on this woman’s locs and then wrapped the kinky hair around. A HUGE NO NO !
If you are any kind of good loctician you know how to wrap hair without the use of glue to get it to stay. Not only is the weave glue full of chemicals that shouldn’t be on natural hair to begin with, but now you have unnecessarily glued this woman’s locks together underneath some wrapping hair. So If she changed her mind later on and decided to go back to smaller locs, now she can’t because her own natural hair has been unnecessarily glued together.
I tell my clients all the time, “ you can not have locs with a perm or weave mentality”. When you have that mentality with your natural hair you tend to use products that were never meant for natural hair to keep it “neat” or “tame” which is not what locks are meant to be in the 1st place. There is nothing wrong with keeping your locs clean and healthy and separated, but you can not obsess over them to the point where you are worried about every little strand being in place. When you do, you end up allowing someone with micro braids in a shop to put “weave glue” in your locks. Bad move man, bad move.
So the moral to the story is. Do your research on your stylist history with their own hair before you let them do yours. That way you can make sure you’re dealing with a person that has the right mentality for the style you want to help you achieve it. Until next time.
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel – Master Loctician