Black Hair Care – How do I start my Locs/Locks ?

The question I get asked the most is,  “How do I start my Locs/Locks” ?

There are many ways in which people tend to get started, but I’m going to give you my top 5 methods that have worked for me and my clients in the past.

Method 1 – Braids


If  you have long natural hair, braids are a great way to get your locs/locks started.  You can either braid your natural hair or get braid extensions put in to do this method.  Start by braiding your hair  into individual or box braids.  Your locs will begin to form over time as you wash your hair without undoing the braids.  The braids will become kinky in the long run and mature into “normal looking” locs.

Method 2 – Twist


To start your Locs/Locks with the twisting method you wash and moisturize your hair.  Next take sections of hair and roll it between your fingers either clockwise or counter clockwise, depending on which direction is more comfortable for you. I’m right handed so I naturally tend to twist to the right.  For this method it would be wise to use a hair butter or a hair gel to help the hair hold in the twisted position.

Method 3 – Palm Rolling

Palm Rolled Locs

With the Palm Rolling method, you place a section of hair between your palms and roll the hair from root to tip either clockwise or counter clockwise. Again I would recommend using a hair butter or a hair gel to help the hair hold the twisted position.

Method 4 – 2 Strand/Double Strand Twist

2 Strand/Double Strand Twist

2 Strand/Double Strand Twist are created by taking a section of hair and splitting that section into 2 sections which you then wrap around each other from root to tip.  This method has been a client favorite in the past for those who wanted to see what their hair would look like in locs/locks with a temporary hair style.

Method 5 – Interlocking


Interlocking is the method of taking a section of hair and looping it through the base of itself. You pinch the end if you are starting from scratch and loop the end of the hair section through the base of the hair section. Doing this over and over in a different space each time will cause your hair to look like it is already somewhat loced/locked by the time you reach the base/root of your hair.  Locs/Locks are created from hair matting naturally.  The interlocking method creates a hand made matted effect, which in the long run can help your hair lock quicker.  Interlocking works especially well on softer grads of hair which tend to have more trouble locing/locking or just take longer to loc/lock.

Well, those are my Fave 5 when it comes to methods for starting Locs/Locks.  I hope they are helpful in assisting you on your new loc/lock journey.  The twisting, palm rolling & interlocking methods can all be used to maintain your locs/locks once they have matured as well.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs !

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/ Master Loctician for

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