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.