With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, and home-related responsibilities mounting, I came to a realization. I had NO TIME to devote to my loose natural hair, and it was suffering due to my lack of attention. So, I finally did it – I bit the bullet and started my loc journey for the third time!
In this article, you’ll learn about why I restarted my loc journey, how I decided to start my locs, what my 3C/4A starter locs look like, and a whole lot more.
Let’s get right into it!
Click the image or link below for a quick video I made about my starter locs:
Why I Started My Locs For The Third Time
My locs were born out of pure necessity. Let me explain…about a year ago, I began to wear my loose natural hair in two large flat twists.
That was the only style that I wore, because I simply didn’t have time to do more than that. With 3 kids and a husband, “Me time” is scarce.
Some may not see an issue with wearing natural hair in flat twists for an extended amount of time, but I do! The problem crept in when I started to experience matting at the roots of my hair. This created a bigger problem, because then I had to detangle my hair quickly (again…I didn’t have time to relax and take my time). Before long, breakage and thinning started around my hairline and where my parts were situated.
It was after a few months of struggling with problematic styling and suffering hair that I was motivated to try locking my hair again.
How I Started My Locs
I started my locs with two strand twists.
I used no definite loc parting system (square parting, diamond parting, etc.) because my hair is fine and medium to low density. I don’t want squeaky clean parts.
Instead, I used my nail to carve out small sections of hair and twisted each section down to the ends.
Here’s a closer look:
I chose to do small-ish twists because I want my locs to frame my face, versus fall towards the back of my head.
I used water and vitamin e oil to start my locs.
Why My First Two Sets of Starter Locs Failed
My First Set of Locs
A couple of years ago, a professional hair stylist started my locs with small comb coils. I was so excited to be starting locs for the first time. My locs were fine for a few days and then they started to unravel. UGH!
My Second Set of Locs
I took the comb coils out and started my locs with two strand twists. One of my sisters helped me out by reinforcing some of the locs with an interlocking tool.
I got about 1-2 months into my loc journey and then the frizz got me. I was floored by the amount of frizz I had. At that point in my life, I couldn’t deal with it, so I combed those locs out and then cut my hair down to 2 inches for a fresh start.
Third Time’s a Charm…Maybe???
I was thinking to myself “What’s so different this time?”
…..Well, I’m different.
Frizz no longer scares me, I don’t care what anyone else thinks about me locking my hair, and I’m in it for the journey, not only the end result.
I’m at ground zero and I’m so excited to be sharing this journey with you all.
I’ll be doing regular updates on my loc journey (every couple of weeks or so) here on this blog!
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