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Current Loc Wearers --Tell Me About Your Awesome Loc'ed Life!

MonPetite

New Member
Please?

I have been bitten by the loc bug.

Just as I was bitten by the natural bug and despite going back and forth, it won out.

I know my afro is going to be more than I want to handle as it gets bigger. Locing would keep my from relaxing or texlaxing (and then BCing to be natural again, LOL).

I did a search, but the threads that came up were old.

Please tell me about your blogs, favorite resources, memories, experiences, "things I wish I knew before I loc'ed," styles, maintenance, or just what you love about your fabulous loc'ed life. :yep:
 

CountryBumpkin

New Member
thanks for the headsup about the groups, i'm still a n00b, and didn't know about the groups here.

I love my locs, and there is a bit of a rocky period in the beginning because locs as a general rule, have a tendency of going through a phase where they look rough most of the time. I'm just now coming out of that stage, just reached 2 years (that stage was much longer for me due to my hair texture) and am SO glad I stuck it out. This is my second set and I won't be going back any time soon.
 

BrandNew

Loc'd up and loving it!
Hi there! There are quite a few of us here on the forum. This is our Healthy Locs Support Thread http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=591147 and there's also another fairly recent one from this year but I can't remember the title of it, will have to search.

I started my locs in May (I think) and though I haven't shared any recent pictures on the forum I'm loving them! I started off with 2 strand twists and then just last month I started interlocking. I much prefer the look and feel of my locs now that I'm interlocking and I believe it will lock faster now.

I don't really read any blogs or do as much research as I did when I went natural. I went natural in 2008. For right now I'm just going with it and learning as I go from my stylist who's pretty knowledgeable.

I'm only a few months in but so far I have no regrets. The first few weeks I was second guessing but I got over that and embraced the change.
 
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mech

Well-Known Member
chiiiiile, my loc'd life is awesome!! all i do is shake and go!! i don't have to worry about what to do with my hair because i wake up with a style. just let it do what it do. anything after that is extra.

in the beginning, i was a bit hair-crazed lol, i was doing the challenges, ayurvedic regimen, trying out all the different products. i did see results but it was just too much for a style that's supposed to be simple, not to mention some loc build up i got from using too many products that were too thick or grainy. i weened my regimen down to wash/condition/leave-in and treatments here and there and my hair is still thriving. i went from chin-length to bra-strap length in 4.5 yrs and everyone constantly tells me my hair is growing so much. so my advice, especially to avoid build up is to just keep it simple.

on how often to retwist, it depends on you and the look you prefer. i consider myself a semi-free former, meaning i don't get my hair retwisted often. i like the aesthetic of my hair wild and untamed but just to keep it maintained, i retwist ever so often. as of now, the last time i retwisted was in august and i'll prob stretch it until december. sn: when you're first getting them installed, make sure the parts are as big or small as you want them because you don't want to keep re-doing them once they're installed.

some resources i'd check out is nappturality's forum section on locs. they have a larger following there. and they've been constantly updating their loc inspiration thread so you can find tons of pics there to keep you motivated on your journey. hope this post helped! @ me/pm if you have anymore questions:grin::grin:.
 

naturalmanenyc

Well-Known Member
LittleGoldenLamb

DH has been wearing locs for about 10 years. His hair is hip length as of Thanksgiving. He uses his hair as a scarf/hat in the winter months. It's very low maintenance and you can easily dress up the locks by braiding them or wearing them curly. DH sometimes gets updo styles but he hates the curly look after taking down his braided/twisted styles and usually puts his hair in a ponytail until the curls fall out.

One warning, it took his hair forever to loc. He has fine, 4a curly hair and would get his locs redone every two weeks. It took many months for his hair to loc and it was like $80 per salon visit.

He has no regimen and I don't think he did a lot of research before he had them done. He gets his hair retwisted every 1 -2 months depending on how it looks. Most people can't even tell when it needs to be done because it looks neat even after 2 months of new growth.

One thing I would advise is to have the sections done small enough to style. Some locs I've seen are too large for styling. DH's locs are thin enough to wear out and look full but they also look great two strand twisted.

Here are some photos:
http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/how-long-is-too-long/

http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/hair-styling-charged-by-length/

http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/two-strand-twists-on-dreadlocks/


Please?

I have been bitten by the loc bug.

Just as I was bitten by the natural bug and despite going back and forth, it won out.

I know my afro is going to be more than I want to handle as it gets bigger. Locing would keep my from relaxing or texlaxing (and then BCing to be natural again, LOL).

I did a search, but the threads that came up were old.

Please tell me about your blogs, favorite resources, memories, experiences, "things I wish I knew before I loc'ed," styles, maintenance, or just what you love about your fabulous loc'ed life. :yep:
 

MonPetite

New Member
@LittleGoldenLamb there's a Sisters With Loc'd Hair Group so maybe you should join it as you may get some feedback there.

I've tagged a few folks just in case they get online so they can see your thread.

Nonie

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grin:

chiiiiile, my loc'd life is awesome!! all i do is shake and go!! i don't have to worry about what to do with my hair because i wake up with a style. just let it do what it do. anything after that is extra.

in the beginning, i was a bit hair-crazed lol, i was doing the challenges, ayurvedic regimen, trying out all the different products. i did see results but it was just too much for a style that's supposed to be simple, not to mention some loc build up i got from using too many products that were too thick or grainy. i weened my regimen down to wash/condition/leave-in and treatments here and there and my hair is still thriving. i went from chin-length to bra-strap length in 4.5 yrs and everyone constantly tells me my hair is growing so much. so my advice, especially to avoid build up is to just keep it simple.

on how often to retwist, it depends on you and the look you prefer. i consider myself a semi-free former, meaning i don't get my hair retwisted often. i like the aesthetic of my hair wild and untamed but just to keep it maintained, i retwist ever so often. as of now, the last time i retwisted was in august and i'll prob stretch it until december. sn: when you're first getting them installed, make sure the parts are as big or small as you want them because you don't want to keep re-doing them once they're installed.

some resources i'd check out is nappturality's forum section on locs. they have a larger following there. and they've been constantly updating their loc inspiration thread so you can find tons of pics there to keep you motivated on your journey. hope this post helped! @ me/pm if you have anymore questions:grin::grin:.

Thanks! :grin::grin::grin:

LittleGoldenLamb

DH has been wearing locs for about 10 years. His hair is hip length as of Thanksgiving. He uses his hair as a scarf/hat in the winter months. It's very low maintenance and you can easily dress up the locks by braiding them or wearing them curly. DH sometimes gets updo styles but he hates the curly look after taking down his braided/twisted styles and usually puts his hair in a ponytail until the curls fall out.

One warning, it took his hair forever to loc. He has fine, 4a curly hair and would get his locs redone every two weeks. It took many months for his hair to loc and it was like $80 per salon visit.

He has no regimen and I don't think he did a lot of research before he had them done. He gets his hair retwisted every 1 -2 months depending on how it looks. Most people can't even tell when it needs to be done because it looks neat even after 2 months of new growth.

One thing I would advise is to have the sections done small enough to style. Some locs I've seen are too large for styling. DH's locs are thin enough to wear out and look full but they also look great two strand twisted.

Here are some photos:
http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/how-long-is-too-long/

http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/hair-styling-charged-by-length/

http://goingnaturaltransitioningtonaturalhair.com/random-posts/two-strand-twists-on-dreadlocks/
naturalmanenyc
Yes! THANK YOU! This is great inspo!! I would keep such a handsome hubby close. I'd hate to have to constantly shank folks for standing too close to him.:look:
 

Nonie

Well-Known Member
@naturalmanenyc, your hubby's locks are neat! :drool:

You mentioned that his loc sections are small. I see that, but are you able to give us an estimate of how big (eg half-inch square, a little bigger) they are at the base? Reason I ask is simply because I've also heard that if you make the sections too small, as the hair grows and becomes heavier, it can be too heavy that it falls out or the locs break off. But your hubby seems to have nailed the size as his are beautifully small, yet strong enough to withstand the weight.

LittleGoldenLamb you're welcome. :)
 

MonPetite

New Member
@naturalmanenyc, your hubby's locks are neat! :drool:

You mentioned that his loc sections are small. I see that, but are you able to give us an estimate of how big (eg half-inch square, a little bigger) they are at the base? Reason I ask is simply because I've also heard that if you make the sections too small, as the hair grows and becomes heavier, it can be too heavy that it falls out or the locs break off. But your hubby seems to have nailed the size as his are beautifully small, yet strong enough to withstand the weight.

naturalmanenyc

I'd like to know this too!
 

naturalmanenyc

Well-Known Member
LittleGoldenLamb

:lachen: He gets a lot of attention but only once did a woman actually touch his hair. Let's just say she won't EVER do that again.

naturalmanenyc
Yes! THANK YOU! This is great inspo!! I would keep such a handsome hubby close. I'd hate to have to constantly shank folks for standing too close to him.:look:


@naturalmanenyc, your hubby's locks are neat! :drool:

You mentioned that his loc sections are small. I see that, but are you able to give us an estimate of how big (eg half-inch square, a little bigger) they are at the base? Reason I ask is simply because I've also heard that if you make the sections too small, as the hair grows and becomes heavier, it can be too heavy that it falls out or the locs break off. But your hubby seems to have nailed the size as his are beautifully small, yet strong enough to withstand the weight.

LittleGoldenLamb you're welcome. :)

naturalmanenyc

I'd like to know this too!

I just took a photo of his hair. He locs at the length are a little smaller than a number 2 pencil. At the base the partings are approximately 1/4 of an inch (size of a #2 pencil).
 

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Nonie

Well-Known Member
I just took a photo of his hair. He locs are a little smaller than a number 2 pencil.

Does he have fine hair or coarse? naturalmanenyc I don't mean to be a pain but what I wanted to know was how big the square/circle at the base of each loc is. For someone with fine hair, it'd take a lot of hair to make a #2 pencil thick loc. For someone with coarse hair, they can get that with less hair.
 

naturalmanenyc

Well-Known Member
Nonie

He has fine hair, 4a like mine. Here is a photo of the base of his locks. They are tighter at the roots since he had them twisted before Thanksgiving.

If his hair was thicker with pencil sized locs, I don't think it would hang the same since the locs would be more bulky.

Does he have fine hair or coarse? naturalmanenyc I don't mean to be a pain but what I wanted to know was how big the square/circle at the base of each loc is. For someone with fine hair, it'd take a lot of hair to make a #2 pencil thick loc. For someone with coarse hair, they can get that with less hair.
 

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Harina

Well-Known Member
If any people that I am tagging have any photos from their loc journey especially during the beginning, please post. The time I have set to loc my hair is quickly approaching and I am trying to acquire as much information as possible. Oh, and how many locs do you guys have??

I'm just now coming out of that stage, just reached 2 years (that stage was much longer for me due to my hair texture) and am SO glad I stuck it out. This is my second set and I won't be going back any time soon.

CountryBumpkin, is your hair texture looser? Is that why it took a long time??? Oh and why is this your second set if you don't mind me asking????

I started my locs in May (I think) and though I haven't shared any recent pictures on the forum I'm loving them! I started off with 2 strand twists and then just last month I started interlocking. I much prefer the look and feel of my locs now that I'm interlocking and I believe it will lock faster now.

Hey BrandNew, did you start your locs yourself? And do you interlock them yourself?? When you say you like the looks and feel of your locs now (as compared to 2 strand twists) what exactly do you mean??

loc build up i got from using too many products that were too thick or grainy. i weened my regimen down to wash/condition/leave-in and treatments here and there and my hair is still thriving. i went from chin-length to bra-strap length in 4.5 yrs and everyone constantly tells me my hair is growing so much.

make sure the parts are as big or small as you want them because you don't want to keep re-doing them once they're installed.

mech Could you list the products that caused serious build up and what products you use now that really work for you? And please feel free to list as many products as you want.

Would you say that your hair grew pretty fast in general before?? And what hair type do you have?

Cosigning on the parts bit. My hair is actually in comb coils right now just as a protective style, and the lady who did them kept on saying well if you're planning on locing your hair you might as well just leave them in. The thing is though they are so small, their must be at least 250 of them, which is way too many but she kept on saying that she can just combine them but I don't want to go down that route. I want my grid pattern down pat when I start.

LittleGoldenLamb

One warning, it took his hair forever to loc. He has fine, 4a curly hair and would get his locs redone every two weeks. It took many months for his hair to loc and it was like $80 per salon visit.

He has no regimen and I don't think he did a lot of research before he had them done. He gets his hair retwisted every 1 -2 months depending on how it looks. Most people can't even tell when it needs to be done because it looks neat even after 2 months of new growth.

One thing I would advise is to have the sections done small enough to style. Some locs I've seen are too large for styling. DH's locs are thin enough to wear out and look full.


naturalmanenyc. Your husband's hair is dreamy!! The looking full when out without the locs themselves being huge is my biggest concern! This is all I want in life when it comes to my locs. I am so worried about my locs either being too bulky in size or being very scalpy and thin looking. How many locs does he have? You wouldn't happen to have more pics of his loc journey, especially at the beginning???

Nonie

If his hair was thicker with pencil sized locs, I don't think it would hang the same since the locs would be more bulky.

I'm not quite sure I am understanding, don't all locs eventually hang down because of the weight??


mypuff.jpg

This is my hair. This is before I cut it all off but this is my hair natural texture. Do you think I would be able to achieve the same look of naturalmanenyc's husband's locs with my hair the way it is? It's so weird I went to a loc consultation and the woman said that my hair was fine (which was expected) but not really that dense. And she said that it would be hard for me to achieve dense, full looking locs because of my hair type, but I thought that was the weirdest thing because everyone tells me 1) that my hair is absolutely perfectly for locing an 2) always tells me how thick (as in dense) my hair is. So I was like really?? I think I am going to go to a few other places for consultations just to see what they say.
 

naturalmanenyc

Well-Known Member
Harina

Unfortunately, DH and I were not dating back when he started his locs so I have no photos of them from the beginning. They were around shoulder length when we met.

I don't know how many locs he has, but I'd guess about 100.

naturalmanenyc. Your husband's hair is dreamy!! The looking full when out without the locs themselves being huge is my biggest concern! This is all I want in life when it comes to my locs. I am so worried about my locs either being too bulky in size or being very scalpy and thin looking. How many locs does he have? You wouldn't happen to have more pics of his loc journey, especially at the beginning???



I'm not quite sure I am understanding, don't all locs eventually hang down because of the weight??

No, not all locs hang down. Some people with thicker hair never have locs that hang. I will see if I can locate a photo to demonstrate what I mean.
 

naturalmanenyc

Well-Known Member
DH's hair doesn't do this. He has fine hair so it hangs more.
Some locs grow out for a while instead of growing down.



 
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CountryBumpkin

New Member
Yeah, my hair is in the 3c range, but it is very coarse and thick and wiry. It is also sleek and slippery and slips out if braids and twists easily. This means that I get lots of frizz, and my first year and a half, I had a lot of frizz going on. But I learned ways around it and ways to counteract it and just lived with it on some days.
 

Nonie

Well-Known Member
@Nonie

He has fine hair, 4a like mine. Here is a photo of the base of his locks. They are tighter at the roots since he had them twisted before Thanksgiving.

If his hair was thicker with pencil sized locs, I don't think it would hang the same since the locs would be more bulky.

OK, that does answer my question naturalmanenyc, thank you for the clear image of his scalp. Seems his base is about an 3/4 inch square...so that the hair forms a #2 pencil size locs with about a 1/4 inch margin around the loc at the base. Which is plenty of foundation to hold the locs, I see. :yep:

SN: I don't think his locs would hang any differently if his hair were coarse. If his hair were coarser, he would have to use less hair to get the same #2 pencil thickness. So the locs would not have to be bulky. They could be made that size by using less hair per section. It would just mean that the base may be a little smaller (less hair showing around the loc at the base)...and the locs would be packed closer together. But they'd still have that look. Hope that makes sense.
 

Nonie

Well-Known Member
This is my hair. This is before I cut it all off but this is my hair natural texture. Do you think I would be able to achieve the same look of naturalmanenyc's husband's locs with my hair the way it is? It's so weird I went to a loc consultation and the woman said that my hair was fine (which was expected) but not really that dense. And she said that it would be hard for me to achieve dense, full looking locs because of my hair type, but I thought that was the weirdest thing because everyone tells me 1) that my hair is absolutely perfectly for locing an 2) always tells me how thick (as in dense) my hair is. So I was like really?? I think I am going to go to a few other places for consultations just to see what they say.

Harina, what I would do if I were you is a test run. Wear twists and see what they look like. I have fine strands and I wear mini twists. I make mine really small, the base is about 1/2 an inch...but 3/4 inch isn't much different. My twists are skinnier than a #2 pencil so I'd need so much more to get that thickness...so my fullness may not be as it is with twists.

Another thing you could do is maybe start off with loc extensions? I believe you can do them temporarily or make them permanent. IIRC, that's what *Happily Me* did but she's keeping hers permanently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg2FkqcKTWE

Here's an example of temporary locs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64FkvXNCfyI
 

MonPetite

New Member
LittleGoldenLamb

:lachen: He gets a lot of attention but only once did a woman actually touch his hair. Let's just say she won't EVER do that again.

I just took a photo of his hair. He locs at the length are a little smaller than a number 2 pencil. At the base the partings are approximately 1/4 of an inch (size of a #2 pencil).

naturalmanenyc :lachen: At the bolded: Karate chop!!

Also, thank you for the pictures! Tell your husband the awkwardness of being photographed half-sleep was not in vain! :lol:

I'm getting permanent extensions. Yay!
 
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mech

Well-Known Member
Could you list the products that caused serious build up and what products you use now that really work for you? And please feel free to list as many products as you want.

Would you say that your hair grew pretty fast in general before?? And what hair type do you have?

Cosigning on the parts bit. My hair is actually in comb coils right now just as a protective style, and the lady who did them kept on saying well if you're planning on locing your hair you might as well just leave them in. The thing is though they are so small, their must be at least 250 of them, which is way too many but she kept on saying that she can just combine them but I don't want to go down that route. I want my grid pattern down pat when I start.

anything along the lines of beeswax/petroleum jelly etc that can get gunky. i forgot what the loctician first used when she started me off but i think that's what significantly contributed to my early build up. also, i'd stay away from products that are too heavy or thick. just be careful in general what you put in your hair if you like to experiment because it's hard to get out of locs. i remember i did something with coconut milk and poured it all over my hair and ended up with these little chunks that were hard to get out. i've also tried making some deep conditioners with avocado and banana that weren't so smooth when i applied it to my hair and again, i ended up with little chunks here and there that were hard to get out. i don't dc anymore. i think it's pointless for me.

right now, i just keep it simple. i like my hair healthy so i'm conscious of the ingredient list for any hair product. no sulfates for me so i use this sulfate-free shampoo that's pretty much oils and it cleans exceptionally well but doesn't strip. for conditioning, the pj in me still likes to try different things so i recently ordered that pumpkin conditioner from darcy's. hopefully it's not too heavy. for leave-ins, i personally recommend a mist type leave-in or a water based creme. shescentit's cococreme leave in is good and i recently ordered a mist leave in from darcy's that i'm excited about trying to. to retwist, i love taliah waajid's loc it up gel, it's very smooth and doesn't flake. her line overall is pretty good for locs.

before locs, my hair was not healthy. i've never had a perm but i still didn't know how to take care of my hair so it didn't really grow. it wasn't until i locked that i started to become serious about my hair's health and my efforts paid off. i can say tho, i'm just an overall healthier person than i was before because i started my weight loss journey the same time i locked so both have contributed to my hair growth. and my hair type is 4a, very thick. and yea, i think 250 is a lot if that's not what you're going for. i have about 150 medium-sized and my hair is still full. Harina
 

Harina

Well-Known Member
Harina

No, not all locs hang down. Some people with thicker hair never have locs that hang. I will see if I can locate a photo to demonstrate what I mean.

DH's hair doesn't do this. He has fine hair so it hangs more.
Some locs grow out for a while instead of growing down.




Thanks. Can't see the first pic for some reason. But I would still consider lauryn hill in the 2nd pic to have hair that hangs down. I mean clearly their is a difference in your hubby's locs and hill's but it still hangs. It's not really an afro, you know. Also, I'm not quite getting why your husband having fine hair means it would hang more. Coarser hair is heavier which would mean that it would hang with more ease. Maybe I'm not understanding what you are saying.

Harina, what I would do if I were you is a test run. Wear twists and see what they look like. I have fine strands and I wear mini twists. I make mine really small, the base is about 1/2 an inch...but 3/4 inch isn't much different. My twists are skinnier than a #2 pencil so I'd need so much more to get that thickness...so my fullness may not be as it is with twists.

Another thing you could do is maybe start off with loc extensions? I believe you can do them temporarily or make them permanent.

Oh Happily Me, I remember her and her lovely hair.

I would get loc extensions but they are so freaking expenisve, even for pixie length. I should be getting some moola soon so I might stave off some other trivial purchases I had in mind and invest in some loc extensions instead. Or I might start my locs then have them threaded (or yarned really) like I used to do. I loved this style I really did. I like short hair, but I am so over it because of the whole always growing thing. I see why so many men don't like having to get their hair cut.



anything along the lines of beeswax/petroleum jelly etc that can get gunky.

just be careful in general what you put in your hair if you like to experiment because it's hard to get out of locs.

to retwist, i love taliah waajid's loc it up gel, it's very smooth and doesn't flake. her line overall is pretty good for locs.

and my hair type is 4a, very thick. and yea, i think 250 is a lot if that's not what you're going for. i have about 150 medium-sized and my hair is still full. Harina

Thanks! I know you are not supposed to use any waxy substances on locs but I can't tell you how many people I've talked to and they think that's what you are supposed to use. I can't imagine that would do anything good for locs whatsoever. Even though i only have a twa, i've been trying to use up all my hair products and get experimenting out of my system. I will miss cherry lola treatments and coconut cream/lime relaxers.

Yeah 130-170 have been the number I've heard most after asking people whose locs I like in terms of fullness. But for now the comb coils i have are a good protective style as my hair grows out more. I can tell my hair is already starting to loc so can't leave them in too long. I like the look of them though, the feeling of them. I really think my locs are going to be beeyootiful, for real.

The first lady I went to for a consult used this gel called joie. It seemed to be really good and light, though I've heard many people praising taliah waajid, loose and loced alike. Actually, I really liked her protective mist bodifier when I was loose. I wonder if i could use that on my loced hair. It's a bit dense but if i remember it's clear and I'm pretty sure it's water soluble.
 
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MonPetite

New Member
Thinking in text here...wouldn't baking soda and vinegar remove gunk?

Sent from my little, golden phone. Sadly, my mentions don't work.
 

leiah

New Member
I've heard many people praising taliah waajid, loose and loced alike. Actually, I really liked her protective mist bodifier when I was loose. I wonder if i could use that on my loced hair. It's a bit dense but if i remember it's clear and I'm pretty sure it's water soluble.

I use protective mist bodifier watered down on my son's locs. I apply it to wet hair right after a wash (i don't use a rinse out conditioner) and seal with coconut oil. I'll spritz some on between washes too.

The biggest mistake I made was using a shampoo bar. Way too much build up.
 

leiah

New Member
Thinking in text here...wouldn't baking soda and vinegar remove gunk?

Sent from my little, golden phone. Sadly, my mentions don't work.

Yeah there are lots of good tutorials on youtuve that use vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, etc. Works really well
 

CountryBumpkin

New Member
i use neutragena anti-residue to remove gunk. I found that this works better for me than baking soda and vinegar.

The thing about beeswax is that it doesn't break down in water or soap, so it never really gets washed out. The only think that really breaks it down for it to run out of the hair is some very high heat. but I mean, if you try to put your head in water hot enough for it to really effectively remove the beeswax, it would burn you.

I'm a little confused by the "hanging" question going on around here. Some people have locs that stick up (even if they are well twisted at the roots) particularly if the locs are short and/or in the teenage (unruly) stage. Usually once they reach a certain length, they get hang time. Eventually, the weight wins out. When it wins out depends on the hair texture, so maybe some people with course hair texture will have locs that stick up for a while longer than the finer textures. While some fine textures might never stick up at all. I have coarse hair that's loose, and I started when my locs were a bit longer than most people, so I've always had hang time, except for one two locs on the tip top crown of my head where the kink is at it's tightest. It was an amusing look.


I couldn't see that first picture either, but I think what Lauren Hill has going on there is not so much a lack of "hang" but moreso "not freshly done roots". Her hair looks nice and thick at the roots and pretty much loose right at the roots, I don't know if she's freeforming or not, but it's obvious she's not stressing over twisting or doing her roots every few weeks, at least not in that pic.

the other poster here, her husband's locs look very freshly and meticulously done and more manicured that Lauren Hill's. Both looks are awesome, it's just all in how it's done and what your tastes are.
 
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