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Spoiler: All hair types can loc!
If you’re considering locs, but aren’t sure if you have the right hair type for locs, chances are, you do. While you may be able to achieve locs, your hair type will affect how long your hair takes to loc and what your final results will look like.
How Your Texture Will Affect the Timeframe of Your Locs
Every hair type can loc, but the kinkier the hair is the faster it will loc - in most cases that is. Finer or straighter hair can take longer to loc and might look different from someone with kinkier hair. We don’t want to block you from achieving the hairstyle of your dreams, but we also want to ensure you are being realistic about what your hair type can handle.
How to Know When Your Hair is Loc'ing
It’s hard to say since you aren’t sitting in the salon right in front of us, but take your fingers and feel your twists with your fingers. If there is a hard lump in the middle of the twist, it may be starting to loc. Be careful not to manipulate the hair so much that it disturbs the locking process. If you are unsure about your loc'ing process and need professional help, we highly recommend going to the salon and asking a professional loctician.
Locs are full of surprises, and there are no rules set in stone when it comes to achieving locs. But the more personalized information you can get on your hair texture and locs, the more control you can have over the final results. You can also find out from your expert loctician how long your specific hair texture might take to loc, what type of locs are best for your hair texture, and what method is best for you.
What Factors go Into Loc'ing Finer Hair Textures?
It mostly depends on your patients level, your lifestyle and how much time and money you want to spend on your hair. For those with fine hair, interlocking is a great go-to to keep the hair paired up. Palm rolling requires a lot more time, but it will also work for finer hair. If you’re patient and want to be really involved with the process, then go for palm rolling. If you need more guidance on the difference between palm rolling and interlocking, check out this blog.
How About Loc'ing Coarser Hair Types?
Loc’ing coarse hair texture depends on one’s lifestyle and patients level. If you have coarse hair, do a little bit of research and see what method works best for your habits and lifestyle. For example if you work out often and have kinkier hair most individuals of this lifestyle prefer the interlocking method.
Prefer to skip the whole beginning phase because of your hair texture? Most individuals who do not enjoy the beginning phase of their locs try loc extensions until your hair grows out and then you can cut them off. We just forewarn you, that you want to have the closest type of human hair you can get for your locs. Synthetics and Human hair are NOT the same when trying to use loc extensions permanently.
As we always express, if you are concerned about your hair type and lifestyle, express yourself to a loctician who wants to listen. No need to figure this thing out all on your own. There is someone out there who wants to nurture and take care of your locs, and walk you through the entire process!