When I first started my locs my hair was BSL but shrank up to my ears/neck. I was in the military at the time and that would not fly so I added extensions like a week after starting. It wasn’t recommended to add extensions until the hair was fully locked but I do what I want. After sticking by me for 3 years they have decided to start slipping out. In public. Like, at work. Or at the airport. At the same time they all just said **** it. I decided to remove the rest and was met with a few surprises: - My hair in the front grows super slow. There is a significant difference in length after removing the extensions. - My hair in the back grows really fast and my real dreads are nearly BSL. - My ends are jet black. My roots are black but my hair eventually turns an ugly shade of brown. I guess the extensions shielded my hair from the sun so each loc is black – brown – black.