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There is no such thing as one way of locs. Locs have the capability of growing and twisting into all different shapes and sizes. Some people prefer shorter smaller locs, while others longer and larger size. You’ve probably been scanning out the loc community and already know what variety you’d like to try out. If you’re wondering how to grow thicker and longer locs here are some tips to help you reach your goals.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you are using all natural products designed for keeping locs healthy and nutritious. Products that aren’t made for locs, or that aren’t all natural will create build-up in the locs. Once you’ve got a case of build-up on your hands your locs are not going to be able to thicken up and grow in healthy because there will be buildup and decay rotting the inside of your loc, weakening the overall loc. This is why it’s imperative to make sure to read your labels and only buy products that are safe for your locs.
Keep Your Locs Moisturized
If long thick locs are what you’re after then be sure to keep your locs hydrated with water based products that will ensure moisture as well as natural oils that will lock in the moisture. Treating your locs to a daily moisturizer such as the Jinan Leave-In Conditioner will promote long healthy new growth and will prevent breakage and frizz along the roots. Using a daily moisturizer will strengthen the hair as it grows in and keep your locs long and secure.
If you are one of the many guilty mindless twisters then you are probably having trouble growing out thicker locs. Try to limit the amount of times you retwist your locs. Over twisting will also cause breakage at the roots and will hinder the locs from growing in long and thick. Give yourself at least 4 weeks before you workout a retwist, this way you give your hair some time to grow in and patiently twist your locs to promote thicker healthier locs. Locs will thicken the more time you give them to grow in at their own pace.
Keep your Locs Clean and Free
Besides from choosing build up-free products for your locs, it is also important to make sure to keep your locs clean and healthy. Having dirty, oily locs and scalp will slow down the growth process. Additionally, if your aim is to grow in thick locs you also want to be mindful of the things you do to your locs on a regular basis such as high manipulation styling techniques and using rubber bands often. This can potentially lead to having weaken locs. Also, try to minimize tightness of scarves and/or hats, this can eventually limit locs the space to grow, breath and flourish.