Whether your hair is naturally straight or pressed straight it is possible to loc you hair!
Back in the day, if you had put a relaxer in or had your hair pressed straight you would have to cut all your hair off and grow out an afro long enough to start forming locs. But now that’s not the case. If you want to keep your length and start your locs you can do so.
The most popular method for starting locs with your own straight or curly hair is interlocking. Some people get the micro size or sister locks done when their hair is straight, but interlocking can be used to create any size locs. Make sure that the person doing your interlocking does not use a latch hook or crochet needle to do it. Both of those tools can damage your hair over time.
If you’re getting sister locs/micro locs done then the sister lock tool is fine. If you’re doing medium to large locs it’s best to do it with your fingers or a yarn needle to help your hair maintain its size and strength. You can see an example of this by watching me do it on my own hair in the following video, http://healthylocsblog.com/videos/healthy-locs-does-her-own-hair-part-2/
Another way to get straight hair to lock is by doing individual braids and waiting for them to matte and loc over time. It will take your locs longer to look like what you know as locks if you use this method though.
Now if you don’t mind having hair added to your head then you can get loc extensions done to give you the look of someone who has had their locs for years. Some use yarn or synthetic hair to do these extensions, but I say stay away from both of those. If you’re going to get lock extensions done, make sure the stylist uses human kinky hair so that your locs will look as real as possible when they’re done. Also don’t let anyone come to your head with weave glue or a needle and thread. If they can’t create the extensions with just the human kinky hair, then run and find a stylist who knows what they’re doing.
The above methods are great options for starting locs on straight – curly hair texture. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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