Dreadlock 101: The Basics

Dreadlocks are a beautiful style that truly requires low maintenance. Starting them is fairly easy, as well as growing them, and developing a healthy hair care routine. Locs come in a variety of styles; select one that fits your individual needs. The various styles of locs range from offering you tons of versatility to virtually none, so take this in consideration when deciding on what type of loc you would like.


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Types of Locs?

Sisterlocks
are smaller in size and offer you the option to even curl them with a curling iron if you wish to do so. They are a little more costly than the rest of the locs because of their smaller size. Prices depend on the length of your hair and the width of your sections. Sisterlocks are done by certified professionals and prices can range from $500 to $1000.

Bradelocz are formed by putting clean hair into box braids, washing, and then twisting the roots to maintain them. Bradelocz can be started at home with the help of online guidance via bradelocz.com or they can be started by a professional. Over time the braid pattern disappears from the loc. Locs can also be formed by using two-strand twists as well.

Free Form Locs are the original locs, which are formed by simply leaving your hair alone. Simply wash your hair and leave it alone. These do not form the most precise or “neat” looking locs.

Traditional Locs are started by using finger coils or comb curls. This can be done at home, but if you would like your parts to be neat and the sizes of your loc to be relatively all the same size I recommend going to a professional. Prices will vary depending on your hair length and thickness. My locs as shown in the photo below were started for $70. These can be maintained by applying a twisting gel, twisting at the root, and securing in place with a metal clip. You also have the option of interlocking your hair.

Tips and Warnings:

If a stylist suggests that you not wash your hair, run! Dreadlocks are best formed on clean hair. The water actually helps your hair loc faster, because it is helping to kink and mat it up.

When you first start your locs you can wash them every two weeks and re-twist or interlock them.

Always cover your hair at night with a silk or satin scarf.

Keep the products in your light to avoid product build up.

 

                                                       Traditional Locs


                                                           Sisterlocks

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6 Responses to Dreadlock 101: The Basics

  • Speaking solely from personal experience, I disagree with the statement about “running” if your stylist tells you not to wash your hair. Depending on the texture and overall condition of your hair, it may be necessary to avoid wetting your locs in the early stages. Finer-textured hair, like mine, takes longer to loc. Low manipulation is best if your hair is fine. You can still cleanse your scalp without washing your entire head. Using a diluted solution of shampoo and water in a spray bottle to cleanse your scalp only works wonders when you’re starting out. Once your locs begin to take shape, then you can wash your hair more frequently. Again speaking from personal experience and from loc-wearer with finely-textured hair.

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