Locks, Dreadlocks, Micro Locks, Braid Locks, Sister locks, Lock extensions, starter locks, twist locks…the world of locks is grand! There are many ways to achieve locks on different types of hair. The ultimate goal is to have beautiful velvety ropes of hair, dangling beyond the shoulders.
There is so much information about locks, but I find that there are so many who still have many questions about them. Are they hygienic? Are they permanent? Are they hard to maintain?
Let’s start by describing locks. Locked hair is hair that has grown and matted together over time. Hair is twisted or formed to wrap around itself, creating a “rope”. Locked hair is like yarn that is old and has been washed over and over, and the fibers become matted and the defined threads begin to look like one whole piece.
When new, you can see the detail, the braids and the definition of the yarn, but when it has been washed over and over, it begins to look “kinky”, expands a bit and then mats together and compresses.