Locs are becoming a more popular style these days and with that, many are choosing to wear them small. The smaller size locs are common now because people want the versatility of locs with the look of natural hair that is loose. Small locs are lovely to look at, but it is a different story to maintain them. Unlike Sisterlocks, small, traditional style locs are usually groomed by retwisting the new growth as it grows out. Because they are not being maintained by a tool like Sisterlocks or Nappylocs (All are interlocks), palm rolled or comb-twisted tiny locs are more prone to damage than the other method.
This is true for tiny locs because there are two main ways to cause severe damage to the locs: 1. They can be over twisted, causing thinning and weakness within the loc. 2. They can be neglected (not maintained often enough) especially within the first year of having them installed. This can lead to a change in size, for instance, having to combine thin or weak locs at the root to make them stronger, or hair loss, because the new growth has grown out too much and caused the locked ends to break off.
If you choose to wear tiny locs, the best way to maintain them is by using a tool of some sort. Whether it is a latch hook or another type of tool, it creates a uniform stitch (if done properly) which strengthens the locs and makes them more substantial in the long run. They also require less frequent maintenance appointments, and the maintenance lasts several weeks (6-8) between tightenings.
However, if you choose to wear tiny locs, it is best to have them maintained frequently and styled with as little tension as possible. The first year is the most crucial. Within the first 6 months, the locs should be maintained every 2-3 weeks, for short ones and once a month (every 4 weeks) for longer hair. If your hair is longer, it is wise to have your new small locs placed into a style such as fishtails, cornrows or a barrel twist, with little tension.
Tiny locs can be beautiful, but they do require meticulous care. If you aren’t able to keep up with them, it is best to choose a larger, more manageable size that will work for you. If you want a similar look to Sisterlocks, but can not afford the hefty price tag of $400+ depending on the length of your hair, then you can create small locs by placing your hair in mini two strand twists or braids, then maintaining the roots with a latch hook. This is a very common way people start their locs, no matter the size. They choose to do so because they are able to wear styles almost immediately, and they can get their hair wet or work out with little unraveling.
For more information, please check out our Locked Hair Guide or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org