I am soooo obsessed with locs. One of the reasons why my protective style of choice is small box braids is because I love how at about the third week they get frizzy and resemble locs. I call them my focs aka fake locs :o) One of these years, I am going to loc. I think I will do it myself with box braids and maintain by using the latch method.
My brother is on his second set of locs. He cut off his first set after about four years and still has them in a zip-lock bag that he says he's never going to throw away. His first set was 'accidental'. I used to two-strand twist his hair - while hanging out with his friends he missed an entire month of maintenance. For some reason, I thought he was just re-doing them himself - but that was not the case. When he finally got around to trying to untwist so I could redo them - they were matted together. He did not want to cut, so he decided to turn the matted twists to locs.
We maintained his first set of locs just by palm rolling. With his second set, I started to tighten his new growth using the latch method (using a small latch hook that I got from the beauty supply). In between latching he does the palm roll method, using an alcohol free gel to tame the frizzies. Check out Nubian Locked Princesses Latch Tutorial - she makes it look so easy and I was able to pick it up in minutes just watching.
Here is a picture of my brother's hair about a week after tightening. His locs here are about three months old. Loc'd hair seems to grow super fast.
I also had the opportunity to write an article for Clutch Magazine about Locs and of course I was in heaven. I interviewed three lovely loc'd ladies, Tama, MiMi (aka) Carmen, and Nubian Locked Princess about how they started their locs, the locing methods they chose i.e. braid locs, Sisterlocks etc. and I asked them about maintenance - by the way even though the article is old feel free to leave your comments.
Being obsessed with locs - I follow lots of loc blogs and I'm forever lurking on loc'd hair communities. Recently, I was given an award from one of my favorite blogs - Nubian Locked Princess who also has the best YouTube channel - be sure to check out her tutorial listed above :o)
Another one of my favorite blogs - not a loc one though is Naturally Leslie, in May, she did one of her 'Sunday Cuteness' posts on Locs and posted the most beautiful pictures that I was drooling over. Check out the pictures - Naturally Leslie
I am going to share my award, again given to me by Nubian Locked Princess with some of my favorite loc blogs listed below.
On The Road To Queendom
Locked Hair Blog Exchange
Natural Hair Beauty
Here are some of my favorite loc YouTube channels:
Nubian Locked Princess
Enjoy - Peace and Blessings...