Starting a locked hair journey is as exciting as it can be frightening! “What am I getting myself into” You may ask. There is a process in locking hair and each stage requires a lot of patience and understanding. As I visit many, many, many websites, blogs, discussion boards and forums, there have been some recurring questions about locks that need to be addressed in greater detail than one line hints and tips. Here you will find Some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the locking process, maintenance tips and unexpected issues.
I want to start locks but my hair is thin?
Thin hair can still be locked. Often, once the locks begin to mature, the spaces where hair was not, fills in with new hair. There is something about the locking process that seems to redeem us of past hair don’ts and likewise can remedy existing hair issues.
A useful note: Locks around the perimeter of the hair and in thin areas should be made small enough to hold its shape and prevent the weight, as the locks grow out, from further straining those areas.
Help, My Locks Are Frizzy!
This is an issue that quite often causes people to give up on locking their hair. Lock fuzz is so normal, but it can be worse depending on the method used to lock the hair and the type of hair texture you have. Looser curl patterns have a harder time locking and often comes loose more often during the early stages of locking.
When hair is locked, we often want them to look like locks and behave like locks. But they have to be trained and they have be groomed and nurtured into their formation. Eventually, the hair locks on its own. You can add products to try and help the process along, but the greatest factors in determining when the hair will lock are hair type and then the method used.
It is normal for the hair close to the forehead and the nape of the neck to pop out and become unruly. That hair should be twisted back into the new locks once a week to two weeks, depending on how neat you wish for them to appear. If you have tool, installed locks, those hairs can be latched into the lock at your perimeter retightening sessions (this involves only the hair around the edges).
In between times, you can keep down the fuzz by misting your locks with water, then applying a hair oil to give it shine and tying the hair down with a du rag or satin scarf. The locks will be flat, but they won’t be as noticeably fuzzy.
How do I keep my new locks fresh between maintenance?
One thing that irks people the most is getting their locks maintained only to see their money unravel with the hair near the scalp! After the hair has been groomed so nicely and you can see each part, each section and each lock-the smallest amount of perspiration or moisture destroys it! So what can be done about it?
When working out, you can refresh the scalp with witch hazel on a cotton pad or sea breeze instead of shampooing the hair. But the urge to shampoo will come. So shampoo the hair, only you may try using a hair net to cover the locks before shampooing as to not disturb the shape and base of the locks. Apply a minimal amount of shampoo, omit the cream conditioner, and rinse gently in a shower or something where a full stream of water won’t force the locks out of their shape. You can find hair nets at any beauty supply store.
Another way to preserve the lock formation is to opt for latching instead of palm rolling to maintain the locks. Latching or tool maintenance creates a stitch in the lock that is strong and very neat in appearance. To learn more about latching, check out this book or this video. I purchased the book by Cherie King 3 years ago and it was very useful. There are also several Youtube videos to view and learn the technique if you prefer. I watched and tried and worked at it until I figured it out. It is worth the time!
I have a lot of loose hair in front and around the edges what can I do with that hair now?
When you have created a new lock out of loose hair or have a lock that is noticeably shorter than most others, you can do a lock transplant. A lock transplant can happen when you have two locks that are combined, also known as two headed dragons, that you can snip a head from . If you snip off two headed dragons, you can save them, you may need them later. There are a few ways to do this. The way I have done it is to use a needle and thread to attach the new lock to the strong part of the shorter or weaker lock. Once I have sewn the new lock in place, I then take a small piece of afro kinky human hair and braid it onto the new lock. Once I have braided it on about three strokes, I wrap the remaining hair around the lock and smooth it out by palm rolling it. The following is a video of one of my favorite Lockers, Dewdrop, that created a new lock and attached an old one describing the method written above. The only thing that I did differently is to wrap the small amount of human hair to hold the sewn in lock and then latched the loose hair to the scalp. That is how mine held up.
My hair is only locked in the middle, what do I do?
This issue is also know as slippage. This is when a lock is matting well near the base and the ends, but is loose in the middle. Slippage can happen if tool maintained locks are not retightened at regular intervals or if new locks are not braided and banded during their initial shampoo sessions in those inaugural months.
To fix this problem, you can latch the loose hair onto itself by using a latch hook or your fingers of the locks are larger. Insert the hook into the loose hair and place the end of that lock into the latch and close it. Pull it through the lock and repeat until the hole is closed.