How to Retwist Your Own Locs


Are you tired of paying $55 and up to get your hair rewtwisted every 2-4 weeks? I know I was! If you are getting your locs started, I would suggest getting it professionally done and maintained until your hair locks. Now entering my 2 year loc journey, my hair has grown significantly and can be retwisted at home. As a sista on a budget, opening up my wallet to pay someone to tighten up my locs every few weeks can put a damper on my savings. Here is a simple step by step method I use to retwist my locs.

What you will need:

1) Shampoo and conditioner of your choosing. Suggestion: I love Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap; it has a great cool tingling sensation on my scalp and it smells so good.

2) Towel.

3)Hair Gel. Suggestion: Eco-Styler gel is alcohol free and great for preventing flaking.

4) Hair clips.

Step 1: After thoroughly shampooing and conditioning the hair, pat it with a towel leaving your locs damp, but not wet.

Step 2: Separate your locs into four sections using hair scrunchies or large hair clips.

Step 3: Apply a pea- sized amount of gel to the top of the first loc and twist it counter-clockwise until it’s tightened and there is no loose hair. Place a hair clip at the start of the loc to hold it in place. Move onto the next loc and repeat until the entire head is fully twisted and tightened. Tip: Every loc should be twisted in the same direction. You can also use one hair clip to hold three locs in place.

Step 4: Place a hair net over your locs, tying it tight.

Step 5: Sit under the dryer for 30-45 minutes or until the hair is fully dry.

Step 6: After removing the hair net, use a spray moisturizer or your favorite oil to give your scalp some shine and conditioning.

Step 7: Pat yourself on the back. You have successfully retwisted your own locs.



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  1. Sky. says

    So I started locing my hair on my own using corkscrews/two strand twists. It’s budding up nicely so yay! My hair grows quickly and so it’s grown about an inch and a half since i started. The problem though I’ve noticed is that the new growth isn’t holding. Whenever I wash my hair which is every 3-4 weeks it just kinda unravels and poofs up. Been using a jamaican mango and lime, which holds it really well and for the weeks after it stays relatively decent. I’m concerned though that my hair is growing out and not locing. Any help or advice?

    • says

      As a former loc rocker I have to say patience is key. It takes months to loc completely and it will vary depending on the texture of your hair. Kinkier textures may end up locking faster than looser textures. Continue palm rolling and securing with the Jamacian Mango and Lime Gel (loved this product when I was locked). You can also try spritzing your hair with lemon juice, I did this in the beginning of my loc journey and it did seem to help tighten my locs up a bit faster.

  2. latrice says

    I started my locs almost two months ago. I have been going to the salon every two weeks to have them retwisted and I recently discovered that my starter locs are twisted in both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. The stylists never made me aware of it. I am worried!!! What should be my next step?

  3. Pyro says

    Thanks. Good info. My only question is.. what if you dont have a dryer??? will air drying be ok???? I’m really trying to save and its hard to save spending 140 on just your hair when we have rent and other bills to pay for.

  4. says

    hurrah for DIY loc’ers. some the professional prices either make you nervous or just plain jealous. I don’t unless you have an excessive amount of locs I don’t think your average re-twist should cost that much especially when it’s a straight forward process one can learn with advice like yours

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