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The ‘No Clip Method’ has become a sort of buzz word in the loc community for those who maintain and retwist their locs according to their maintenance schedule, but is the no clip method worth it?
We know that when that time comes to retwist, it means a lot of time to set aside to keep your locs looking as awesome as they do. And we know it could get really uncomfortable to sit or sleep with a whole lot of clips in your hair, we get it. But, the best way to ensure your locs don’t unravel after all that time and work is to use clips, it’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
When retwisting your locs...
Before you're ready for that retwist session, always wash your locs to remove build up and lint, and then deep condition so that the new growth is well moisturized. Always, always twist in the same direction to avoid lumps or clumps in your locs. Separate the roots as you retwist with a fine tooth comb to keep your parts for consistency and to avoid locs thinning. Secure the locs with clips at the root so that your retwists lock and hold in place, and don’t unravel while you dry your locs, or a week or two later.
What types of clips we recommend and why
The worst that can happen when not using clips is your locs untwisting after all those hours you spent making sure that new growth is secured into its new home for healthy beautiful locs. Opt for flat double prong clips if you can, for best results. Some people find that it works to use one clip for two or three locs, do what works for you. The next most important item on our list here is when you’re using twisting or interlocking you hair, you must use a buildup free natural product. Dr Locs Imani Locking spray does a great job in this process. We do not recommend using locking gel, but if you do, be sure its buildup free. Otherwise, you’ll end up with undesirable buildup in that healthy new growth, what a waste! And finally, make sure your locs are completely dry at the end of the process so that all the hair and hard work stays in place!
Though we know it’s tempting to go for the ‘No Clips Method’ and there are videos all over the internet instructing its audience on how to get away with these tips and tricks, just remember this: Professionals use clips to make sure they are providing the best maintenance care for their clients. Though short cuts are oh so nice, they are all too often misleading and costs you more time and effort in the bigger picture.