comb coil vs starter locs

What are the differences between starter locs and comb coils and can they both be use for protective hairstyles Ive notice that starter locs are tighter and would like to try it for a protective hairstyle but im afraid my hair will loc. Has anyone tried starter locs for a protective style if so how long can you keep it in?
theres no difference. Ive had them both. the tightness depends on inherent coil/ kink / curl size & amount of hair used in the twist/ comb coil. the only thing is w/ starter locs you never allow it to untwist. there is no set time u can leave them in. everyones hair is different & it depends on YOUR texture of hair how long you can leave them in.
You can start locs with finger/comb coils. They become starter locs if you intend to loc your hair.

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As long as you don't plan on leaving them in for several months, you should be okay, in terms of the difficulty with which they will come down. But in all honesty, the inability to take down locks is a MYTH. I've had my sisterlocks for 3 years and I'm in the process of taking them down as we speak. Yes, it is taking quite a long time (approximately 30-45 minutes per loc) but I've had them up for three years, so my locs have matured, plus I have the shed hair that's within the lock to contend with.

I would suggest that you, keep the "starter" locs in for a few weeks or a month if you're somewhat skiddish about it, it shouldn't matter all that much. However to avoid too much difficulty, I would keep them in for no longer than a month or so and then I would constantly rinse them (maybe every couple of days or so, using a cup or bowl of water while in the tub not the shower head...then following up with some sort of leave-in condish and/or oil to keep them moisturized) so that they will stay free of dirt and build-up.

I think the good thing about sisterlocks is that they are latched, so you don't have all that additional build-up that comes with beeswax when you're dealing with traditional locs, but even mature traditional locs CAN be taken down. You just need patience...something I'm trying to maintain while I'm the process of taking mine down.

There's another thread that I just posted on where another poster just completed taking her locs down as well. So it can be done!!!!

Hope this helps!

Last edited by geode; 03-02-2010 at 01:44 PM.
Just wanted to add to this. The sisterlocks method is basically "latching" the hair. In cornbread language, this basically means putting the hair in knots or crocheting the hair. Sisterlocks is just a brand, because traditional locs can be "latched" or palm rolled (usually with beeswax).

I said all of this to say if "latched" hair (that has been up for years) can be taken down, you shouldn't have a problem.
to the op, regarding your concern if ur thinking of using comb coils as a protective style, I would not leave them in for too long. if it begins to lock aka intertwine aka tangle, it will be counter productive to the whole purpose of u letting your hair "rest"
I just got my hair comb twisted two days. I was looking for a different style since my husband doesn't like my curly afro. Anywho!!! From what I've gathered from conversations with the stylist is that it depends on your hair type in regard to how fast your hair will twist onto itself to start locking. It took awhile for her own hair to lock up because of her texture but she also said that some of her clients hair will start locking within 2 weeks.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair since I got it done, but I don't intend to keep them in long because I don't want locs. No longer than 2 weeks if they even last that long with all the exercising that I'm doing. I went ahead and made another appointment for next week because I'm not sure if it will last and I have an event that I want to look for. I also had her pull apart the twist for like a comb twist out to loosen up the curls and to make my hair look a little fuller.
I just got my hair comb twisted two days. I was looking for a different style since my husband doesn't like my curly afro. Anywho!!! From what I've gathered from conversations with the stylist is that it depends on your hair type in regard to how fast your hair will twist onto itself to start locking. It took awhile for her own hair to lock up because of her texture but she also said that some of her clients hair will start locking within 2 weeks.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair since I got it done, but I don't intend to keep them in long because I don't want locs. No longer than 2 weeks if they even last that long with all the exercising that I'm doing. I went ahead and made another appointment for next week because I'm not sure if it will last and I have an event that I want to look for. I also had her pull apart the twist for like a comb twist out to loosen up the curls and to make my hair look a little fuller.
Originally Posted by CurlyIvy08
i wonder how you slept on that...
Reyna

"Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
Just wore a silk scarf at night.

I just got my hair comb twisted two days. I was looking for a different style since my husband doesn't like my curly afro. Anywho!!! From what I've gathered from conversations with the stylist is that it depends on your hair type in regard to how fast your hair will twist onto itself to start locking. It took awhile for her own hair to lock up because of her texture but she also said that some of her clients hair will start locking within 2 weeks.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair since I got it done, but I don't intend to keep them in long because I don't want locs. No longer than 2 weeks if they even last that long with all the exercising that I'm doing. I went ahead and made another appointment for next week because I'm not sure if it will last and I have an event that I want to look for. I also had her pull apart the twist for like a comb twist out to loosen up the curls and to make my hair look a little fuller.
Originally Posted by CurlyIvy08
i wonder how you slept on that...
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks
Just wore a silk scarf at night.

I just got my hair comb twisted two days. I was looking for a different style since my husband doesn't like my curly afro. Anywho!!! From what I've gathered from conversations with the stylist is that it depends on your hair type in regard to how fast your hair will twist onto itself to start locking. It took awhile for her own hair to lock up because of her texture but she also said that some of her clients hair will start locking within 2 weeks.

I've gotten a lot of compliments on my hair since I got it done, but I don't intend to keep them in long because I don't want locs. No longer than 2 weeks if they even last that long with all the exercising that I'm doing. I went ahead and made another appointment for next week because I'm not sure if it will last and I have an event that I want to look for. I also had her pull apart the twist for like a comb twist out to loosen up the curls and to make my hair look a little fuller.
Originally Posted by CurlyIvy08
i wonder how you slept on that...
Originally Posted by QueenOfKinks
Originally Posted by CurlyIvy08

You know.. I sort of figured that... I just did my hair like this yesterday and pretty much fell asleep -- like this .. lol anyhow I then realized this morning that all I have to to do is spritza little water on it! YAY this is probably the first time in FOREVER that I've styled my hair (besides picking it and putting a headband on it.. that gets boring sometimes )
Reyna

"Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.

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