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Post pictures of dreads, the pros and cons of having them, up keep, and general advice... I'm considering locking my hair in college (mom refuses to let me have them under her roof) but I still haven't made a definite decision.
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
Proverbs 31:30


I think thy are really cute when they are kinda crimpy.
pro: dont have to do your hair every morning.
con: I think you have to cut most of your hair off if you dont want them anymore
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Pros: Hair grows fast and gets very long.

Cons: To keep it neat, you must interlock every 5-6 weeks. You can learn to do it yourself.





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upkeep depends on how long they get and how you want them to look. it can generally range from super easy (freeformers tend to simply wash/condition/separate) to super involved (i.e. sisterlocks).

the most work will come on wash day or if you want to do a style. you have to be patient in the beginning because your starter locs will not look anything like the finished product, and may take a long time to go solid.

they aren't rocket science and you can probably keep them up yourself, but I would leave cutting/coloring/starting to a pro (jmo-some people do everything themselves)

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i prefer the term locs...i started mine myself. i loved having them. your hair can be nice and long. day to day is pretty easy. maintenance depends on how fast your hair grows and how neat you like your hair. you can cut your locs into a style (i saw a cute bob in essence recently). i'm a professional and i got my job with my hair in the loc bun pic. i also got offered a job with my hair loose and natural. check out my pics. that was my locs at 5 years.
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thanks for the advice guys!
luvmylocs I love your locs! they're gorgeous!! and so shiny My hair is already about four inches long in two strand twists...would I have to cut it to start them or could I just twist my hair and leave it that way until it locks up??
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

Last edited by Ela234; 09-16-2008 at 03:43 PM.
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Post pictures of dreads, the pros and cons of having them, up keep, and general advice... I'm considering locking my hair in college (mom refuses to let me have them under her roof) but I still haven't made a definite decision.
Originally Posted by Ela234
locs can be as high-maintenance as other styles, depending on how manicured you want to keep them.

if you are a product minimalist, and you don't mind a little natural fuzziness, they can be low-maintenance and fun.

i don't have locs, but i have family and friends who do, and i've been chemical-free most of my life, so i'm confident in the advice that i'm giving you.

1. you can start your locs and maintain them by yourself. you can start them with 2-strand twists, palm-rolled coils, braids, or freeform from an afro. however you choose to start them, make sure the base of the loc is about the thickness of a pencil. if they are too thin, you'll experience breakage down the road. if they are too thick, it will take longer for them to matt and loc and the individual locs will be heavier as they mature, which can cause stress on your scalp years down the road.

2. you do not have to forgo cleansing your scalp to form locs. your scalp should be shampooed 1-2 times a week just to keep sebum and perspiration washed away. don't worry about coils or twists unraveling. redo the ones that become undone or just leave them alone and let them loc that way.

3. choose a residue-free shampoo. you won't want to use conditioning shampoos that leave your hair coated, nor will you want to use leave-in conditioners, as they attract lint and dirt, which will embed in the locs and make them dirty and difficult to get totally clean. your focus should be on cleansing your scalp. a light, natural oil smoothed throughout your locs should be an adequate conditioner. avoid wax, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, pretty much anything that is solid at room temperature. it will create a nasty buildup within your locs that will never come out, no matter how much clarifying you do. trust me, i've seen it, and what you'll end up with are clean-looking locs on the outside, but nasty ooze from product buildup on the inside of each loc, which will make them feel heavy in time. clean locs should feel light and spongy, regardless of texture.

4. some people have good results with liquid castile soap as a shampoo. just be mindful to dilute really well because these soaps can leave residue if you aren't careful.

5. personally, i would use a nonsoap cleansing method like a baking soda paste with a couple of drops of oil added and rubbed into the scalp, then rinsed away. or green clay, which is a good skin cleanser and will wash away easily under a steady stream of water.

6. buy a nice scarf (satin, cotton, silk, whatever) to keep your hair wrapped at night or when you are lounging around or in windy weather when dust is blowing around to prevent lint and debris from becoming trapped in your locs, as you won't be able to brush or comb or even pick out debris as easily as you would with loose hair.

7. be patient with the formation of your locs. if you have multiple textures on your head, as many people do, you may notice that parts of your head will loc faster than others. everyone goes through an awkward stage of locing in the beginning. you can use scarves, head wraps, etc., to get through those periods.

8. your locs can be manicured, meaning, you will want to keep all fuzziness at bay by twisting your newgrowth regularly, showing evenly parted sections on your scalp. or you may want semi freeform, where you simply gently pull apart your locs after a fresh shampoo to discourage the fuzzies from matting and connecting locs. or you may want to have organic locs, in which you will let your hair do what it will do, creating spaghetti thin locs in some places, and fat ones in other areas. most people don't wear organic locs, especially if they plan to work in corporate environments. if you plan to have manicured locs, just make sure you don't overtwist them, as the constant twisting of the new growth can weaken the base of your locs and create breakage down the road. there are some people who use crochet-like hooks to keep the base of their locs from fuzzing too much. it's called latching. you can do a search for that. personally, that seems too time-consuming and unnatural. but everything isn't for everyone.

i don't know of any cons of having loced hair. as long as they are clean and clear of lint and dirt, as long as your scalp is regularly cleansed from the beginning and is healthy, your loced hair can be as flattering and fun as any other natural hairstyle.
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Last edited by rainshower; 09-02-2008 at 09:00 AM.
Post pictures of dreads, the pros and cons of having them, up keep, and general advice... I'm considering locking my hair in college (mom refuses to let me have them under her roof) but I still haven't made a definite decision.
Originally Posted by Ela234
Love your signature. Praise God.

Re: locs (I call them locs because "others" coined them as "dreadful," but they are truly wonderful)...

PROS: low-maintenance after the budding phase, incredibly versatile, attractive when properly kept
CONS: budding phase can be tough for some, especially those with fine or wavier hair.

The pros far outweigh the cons, IMHO. I have a mostly fine head of 3c/4a hair. The first time I loc'ed, it took about 6 months of comb-coiling and handrolling (just gel and essential oils; nothing waxy or greasy) before I got to the budding phase. I don't know how much you know about the process, but the bud is the bump that forms in the middle of a coil -- the beginning of the loc -- which then flattens and spreads up in both directions until you have a uniform (or mostly uniform) loc.

I've got tons of information, because I was loc'ed twice for a total of about 8 years. I had a so-so experience the first time and a fabulous experience the second time. unicast me if you want to know more -- I'll be happy to share what I know and answer any questions you might have. Grace, peace, and life be unto you.
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Thanks for all the advice guys! I'll keep you posted on my desicion
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
Proverbs 31:30
I'm not planning on locking anytime soon, but I just wanna thank Shones and rainshower for all the insight into the process!
i just started locs last night. Im so sick of my loose hair. i might still post here though.
thanks for the advice guys!
luvmylocs I love your locs! they're gorgeous!! and so shiny My hair is already about four inches long in two strand twists...would I have to cut it to start them or could I just twist my hair and leave it that way until it locks up??
Originally Posted by Ela234
thanks! i hadn't been on this thread again...

you can start your locs at whatever length they are. i had some good length when i started mine too. just remember you can wash and even style them as your hair is locking but you don't want to overtwist or do too much manipulation or use creamy products (it will get locked in your loc)...shiny, healthy looking locs are dependent on CLEAN healthy locs!!! oils are locs best friend....not creamy stuff and butters.
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Pros:
-You no longer have to cut the locs out if you want your loose hair back:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEcZPP-yzdk (she had her locs for 2yrs)
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3D2%26hl%3Den (she had her locs for 7yrs)
-Detangling is a breeze
-depending on the size and number of locs you can pretty much recreate any relaxed/loose hair style
-they're gorgeous
-products last longer
-its okay to go to bed w/ wet hair

cons:
-take a while to grow
-depending on how fast your hair grows you would have to constantly retwist your hair.
-you can no longer straighten your hair
-takes a LONG time to un-loc the locs.
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Last edited by Stephanie198907; 11-10-2008 at 12:35 AM.
Pros:
-You no longer have to cut the locs out if you want your loose hair back:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEcZPP-yzdk (she had her locs for 2yrs)
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3D2%26hl%3Den (she had her locs for 7yrs)
-Detangling is a breeze
-depending on the size and number of locs you can pretty much recreate any relaxed/loose hair style
-they're gorgeous
-products last longer
-its okay to go to bed w/ wet hair

cons:
-take a while to grow
-depending on how fast your hair grows you would have to constantly retwist your hair.
-you can no longer straighten your hair
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907
I was just about to say you can un-lock locs now. I know several people that have done this. You may have to cut off the ends, but it won't be a lot. Good luck!
I highly recommend knottyboy.com I tried the dread thing, but my husband said they looked like poo (literally) and not quite made me, but strongly suggested i comb them out and i did, but for the 3 days i had them i used knotty boy products and continued to use the shampoo and are still using the gel, so even if they don't work out, the products are still awesome.

Waiting for the day when the man who wears the combat boots at the foot of my bed comes home.

be careful on going to bed with wet hair and locs. it can make your hair funky/mildewy. i used to do that and then i noticed a smell. i started washing my hair in the morning and allowing it to dry all day. smell went away. you will be amazed at what stays in your locs so be very careful on what you use and maintenance, including washing, conditioning and drying your hair. the same rules of loose hair don't apply.

also while it is "possible" to undo your locs i tried to do that with one loc and it took me hours and what i was left with was very disappointing. hair sheds, when you loc it doesn't shed. all that hair is in there so when you undo a loc some of the hair that has been retained in the loc will still be lost because it technically has already shed anyway. plus with locs you don't really deep condition your hair, etc so when you undo your locs don't expect this flowing healthy hair. it hasn't been nurtured that way. not trying to discourage you from growing locs but i would really tell anyone that if you loc plan to let it go when you don't want locked hair anymore. going between locs and loose hair really isn't interchangeable. this is even more true the longer you have the locs. when i first started my locs i undid it within 4 months because i didn't like the size. a friend helped me and i had some loss hair but i doubt my hair would have been salvageable had i gone much beyond that.

i felt like my locked hair grew and showed the length a LOT faster than my now loose again hair. i think a big reason is because there is no shedding. everything stays in the loc. and my hair grew down not out. shrinkage wasn't as much of an issue really. i had a ponytail in a short period of time. plus since you don't have to do as much daily manipulation it really just grows like a weed. i cut my locs almost 2 years ago and if i stretch and pull i can see the length but if i had locs i know it would look a lot longer. and even though you can't straighten the hair my long locs had the appearance of "straight" hair and was certainly flexible for a number of traditionally straight hair styles. i'm baised though because i've never straightened my hair with a flat iron or blow dryer so that wasn't an issue but if you like bone straight hair, it doesn't happen with locs.

also i wouldn't advise twisting more than ever 4 weeks. you don't want the base of your locs to get too weak. i don't know the maintenance schedule for sisterlocks so maybe that's different but my hair was thick and grew fast and i never had a broken or weak loc but i resisted the urge to have perfectly fresh roots all the time. it's not worth it to have thin, weak locs.
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Last edited by luvmylocs; 11-10-2008 at 11:42 AM.
Hi there! I'm a week into my starter locs...barely, and I've been wondering if its ok to wet them on a regular basis? And do any of you who are loced up used garnier fructis gel to retwist?
Hi there! I'm a week into my starter locs...barely, and I've been wondering if its ok to wet them on a regular basis? And do any of you who are loced up used garnier fructis gel to retwist?
Originally Posted by EmpressZee
what's a regular basis? i wet mine weekly or so. get a good scalp cleanser (not sea breeze, too drying) for in between....

is the garnier clear or cream? beware of creams they can stay in your hair. actually carols daughter mimosa hair honey was nice in locs. go lightly though. my friend that used to twist my locs used plain aloe vera gel. it worked well.
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