Where can I read about the history of dreadlocks?
Check out this book on dreads.
What are dreadlocks?
On the surface, dreadlocks are “free formed” locks of hair. There is a common misconception that dreadlocks are dirty. In reality they are not. The process of keeping the hair clean and in good condition is important to have healthy dreadlocks. The hair is left alone, nature is allowed to take its course and the hair mats and forms as it pleases; this is “free forming”. Dreadlocks also have a deep affiliation with the African and Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. Note, that just as straight, curly and short styles vary among the mass population, dreadlocks are no different. The way that a person chooses to care for their hair is a personal choice.
What are locs?
Locs are considered the mainstream version of dreadlocks. Locs are cultivated into a particular size and groomed/cleaned on a regular basis. The term loc is often preferred because history shows that dreadlocks are sometimes: considered dreadful, the person wearing them is viewed as dreaded, or due to the non-religious affiliation.
Are the terms locs and dreadlocks interchangeable?
Well, it depends on who you are talking to. I would definitely ask the person which term they prefer, out of respect to the person. However, throughout this article, the words are used interchangeably.
How long will it take my hair to lock?
Softer textured hair generally takes longer to lock than coarse hair. Softer textures may take a year or longer to lock, while coarse hair can begin locking in only a few months. The locking technique that is used plays a role as well. In order for the hair to lock, the hair has to mat and tangle.
How long does my hair have to be to start dreadlocks?
This question depends on how you decide to start your locks. You are able to start the locing process with only a couple months of growth – assuming that you decided to big chop. Some techniques will allow that you to keep relaxed ends attached in the beginning and you can cut them off later. With other techniques, you may have to wait several months until you have at least 4 inches of hair.
What is the best way to make locs uniform?
Making locs uniform comes with technique. Ensure that you tighten your new growth using the same technique and direction each time. If you are palm rolling, be sure to palm roll in the same direction all the time. The goal is to keep your technique consistent. Keep in mind that each loc is different; with each potentially having different textures of hair that may not behave as the neighboring locs.
How to size locs or dreadlocks?
If you have fine (thin) hair, your base should be big enough to support the starter loc. Also, keep in mind that your starter locks should be relative in proportion to your base. Generally, ¼ inch * ¼ inch may yield about the size of a standard No. 2 pencil.
Can you remove dreadlocks or locs?
Yes, dreadlocks or locs can be removed. For this answer to be true, take two things into consideration: (1) the technique that was used to create your starter locks and for maintenance and (2) how mature your locks are. More mature locs may be more difficult to detangle than the younger portion, so you may decide to cut the oldest part off first before detangling.
Which locking techniques are easier to take down later?
Comb coils, finger coils and two strand twists are the easier to take down because the hair has not been manually woven and manually intertwined.
Can you wash dreadlocks or locs?
Locs or dreadlocks should be washed at regular intervals to remove dirt and odor, just as you would loose hair. In fact, wetting the hair encourages the hair to tangle more.
What products should I avoid with dreadlocks or locs?
Avoid beeswax and petroleum jelly. These products cause build up which attract dirt and lint. Avoiding creamy consistencies will help keep your locs clean of white residue. Finally, using detangling products in the early locking stages will prolong the locking process.
What type of products should I use on my dreadlocks?
Think of your locs as a finely meshed net. The job of this net is to filter everything that you put on your hair. As a rule of thumb, do not use products that will get visibly caught in the net. Gravitate towards oils, clear shampoos and clear gels.
How do I make my dreadlocks or locs grow faster?
Keep in mind that everyone has a growth cycle that consists of three phases: anagen (growth), catagen (transition) and telogen (resting). The best way to encourage and optimize hair growth is to eat a balance diet, exercise regularly and drink adequate water.
Questions to ask the loctian?
What products are you using to loc my hair and to maintain it?
What technique are you using to tighten my dreadlocks?
Where can I purchase these products?
What tools will be used on my hair? Take a look at the tool and ask where you can purchase it.