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Locked Hair Guide

Maintaining Locks

There are some tools that can be used to maintain locks. Sisterlocks has its own tool, however there are others:

Nappylocs tools come in a few sizes and offers a book and videos to show you how to maintain locks using the tool.

 A latch hook can be purchased at beauty supply stores everywhere. You can also use a crochet hook, if you are good with your hands and don’t mind learning and figuring some things out. The latch hook is the official tool used to maintain


For twisting, you just need your index finger and thumb, and palm rolling is when you take the lock and hold it between your palms and roll the hair in one direction. It is important to roll or twist the hair in the same direction so that it will not come apart or delay the locking process.

Lock Methods for Different Types of Hair

Locking is already a process that requires patience, so if you have a straighter, more silky hair type, seeing results may take a while. It can take 6 months to 1 year or more for hair to lock. The tighter the curl, the less time it takes, in many cases.

Tightly coiled or curled hair can be locked using any of the methods mentioned above, except for back combing, which isn’t necessary. The hair, generally, is full and thick, and the curls are tight enough to wrap around themselves even in the early stages. Two strand twists would be less likely to come apart on this type of hair also.

Wavy hair may benefit most from being Sisterlocked, Interlocked or braided to create locks. This type of hair appears fuzzy rather quickly and needs to be groomed in addition to being tightened with a tool. So once the new growth has been tightened, palm rolling may be necessary so the hair doesn’t appear to be wayward.

Straight hair, generally found on Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian hair, can be interlocked, but back combing is more frequently used as a method to locking the hair.

Chemically relaxed hair can be locked and it is recommended that Sisterlocks or Interlocking are used. Bradelocz can also be used. It is important to know that at some point, however, the chemically treated hair should be cut off. There will be a point (demarcation) that the hair will break off anyway, so locking hair in this manner will mean that there may be some length in the beginning, but then it will have to be cut so the locks can form properly. This type of hair, also, will take a longer time to lock. The sooner the chemical is cut off, the better the chances of locking sooner.

On short hair, it may be best to braid the hair to create locks or, again, Sisterlocks.

Hair that has obvious variations of texture may benefit most from Bradelocz.

Longer hair, especially when natural, can use any method. Single twisting, however, is a good recommendation because it will look more uniform going all the way down.


  1. LaShaun P.

    This blog is very helpful. Do you braidlock hair? I love what you did to your daughters hair!

  2. LaShaun P.

    Do you braidlock hair? This has been very helpful

  3. Sh"Ray B


    • admin

      Hello and thank you for visiting!

      I started mine with coils, not done by a comb, but the result was the same. I started my locks with a non alcohol based gel. Once I started my locks, I waited 2 weeks for the first shampoo, but then after that it was once a week. After I towel dried my hair, I used a cream pomade to retwist the new growth. A good product is the Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel. It runs about $5 and should last you a couple months, depending on how often you shampoo your hair, swim or perspire. There may be some unraveling but that is normal, and still over time, the hair will lock.

      Congratulations on your journey!

  4. Shamekia

    Great article! This has helped me out tremendously. I was considering giving up on locking because I was afraid that I was doing it wrong and going in the wrong direction. It is good to have sites like this for sharing and encouraging one another. I have started my locs through the single twist method and using non-alcoholic gel. It has been a month and really, I do love them! In any case, do you offer anymore suggestions? How often should I wash my hair in this beginning stage? When my hair unravels, should I retwist with gel or leave it? Again, thanks for your post! Have a great day!

  5. T. Marshall

    I really enjoyed this article. It has answered a lot of my questions about Dreadlocks, as far the type of locks thats suitable for your hair. I didn’t have knowledge of the various types of dreads. I had in my mind that I was go try the Sisterlocks but after reading this article I believe that I would like to go with the braidlocz instead.I am really considering taking the next step I have been wearing braids for the last couple of months and I kinda like the natural look. Its really great that they have websites like this, willing to take the time and get in detail with the nature of the topic….Thanx a bunch

    • admin

      Hello! I am glad that you were able to find this guide and use it as a resource. When I went Natural, I didn’t know much about the internet and when I finally found something, there was only one site. Now I have found so many resources-each offering a different perspective and experience 🙂 Braid locks are a wonderful way to start your locks. That is what I did for my daughter, and her hair is growing beautifully. Feel free to email me any questions you may also have, I’d be happy to help. Happy Holidays to you and yours and Congratulations on your decision to lock your hair! It’s a journey that is SO worth it!

  6. Faahla

    It’s also wise to change your products with the change in climate.
    Summer:Peppermint shampoo/soap
    Queen Helen mint shampoo
    Alomond shampoo/soap
    Jamican lime & mango all products ie. shampoo,conditioner,catus root
    Winter:Creame of nature most all products

    Doo Grow most all products as well
    Black Earth most all products
    Organic root stimulater styling pudding good for braid outs and roller sets.
    I have used all of these products and like them and they work for me just have to find which one works for you:)

    • admin

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your product choices, I will also make this a post. Doo Grow products worked well for my daughter and I use Jamaican Mango and Lime products also. I used the Organic Root stimulator when I was a loose natural as well. These days, the simpler, the better for me. My leave in conditioner and coconut oil have been working well with my locs.

      Happy New Year!

  7. Faahla

    Here is some info on a new product I found:
    Creme of Nature with Argan Oil.

    Indigenous to Morocco, Argan Oil is a precious and rare oil that has supplied radiance and nourishment to hair for centuries. “Liquid gold” as it is lovingly referred, Argan Oil is organically grown and rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that are good for hair and skin. It is also light-weight and said to have restorative and age-defying effects, making it one of the hottest ingredients introduced into the beauty industry as of late.

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