So this is a story all about how
I once had locs and took em right out
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
To tell you how I made the transition
Back to big hair
Ok maybe not.
I gave the starter locs my best y’all. I did. I was so relieved to not have to manipulate my hair daily. But at the end of the day I missed my afro more and I have no regrets about combing them out.
It took approximately 1.5 hours to pick them out using the tail end of my rat tail comb. Once I got them badboys out though…….
(It definitely could have taken longer. There’s a girl on YouTube that combed hers out after seven years! My little two months was nothing!)
I was too burnt out to wash and detangle it so I pulled it into a poof and headed out for the night.
The growth was incredible!
When I finally washed it (next day geez!), I decided to wash it in halves which helped getting all the knots out. The only tool that I used to detangle was my old faithful and sturdy wide tooth comb. This is THEE ONLY comb that I haven’t broken in years unfortunately.
Same process from the locs, pre-poo, shampoo, condition and twist.
These were the juiciest two strand twists that I’ve had in a long time.
So here’s what I learned from my short time with locs.
- Your starter method matters more than you think. I think that I would have been happier if I had of started with the coil method instead of the two strand twist method. I’m pretty sure that length when you begin the process matters as well. I think that if I started with shorter hair, I wouldn’t have had sooooo much unraveling.
- All products are not created equal. A lot of them “designed for locs” aren’t good for them. But that goes for any product. I’m allergic to coconut which has always worked against my natural hair journey and a majority of the natural hair products are loaded with it. It’s not easy or cheap to be selective. I also found out the hard way that “cocamidopropyl betaine” is also a derivative of coconut oil.
- Buildup is NOT cool. I think I overwashed my locs for that exact reason. I’m definitely used to washing once a week which is a real no go. Patience is key and I thought I had it. I don’t. my hair simply wasn’t feeling it. So I listened to it. The fro is back!