I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I used to have locs for a year and a half before I started Minimalist Beauty. I ended up shaving them off because they were not installed with good energy nor the right intention. It was also not an opportune time for me to fully enjoy locs. I’ve been a loc lover for most of my life, and I knew that one day I would start the process again which is where I am today.
Yesterday represented two months on my new loc journey.
I have always loved my curls, but I recently realized that others seemed to be more into my hair than I was. During my pregnancy I was literally timing my curly hair routine to see how quickly I could possibly complete it after my son was born. I knew I wouldn’t have much time for myself especially in the beginning. After each trial I began to realize how silly this was becoming. It also had me thinking if loose curly hair was the look that I truly desired especially since I had resorted to wearing buns so much at the time.
This was when I remembered that after cutting off my first set of locs I had vowed to consider starting a new set when I had a baby.
There are many different methods to create locs such as freeforming, comb coils, two strand twists, box braids, interlocking, crochet, and backcombing. I installed my starter locs with box braids prior to my son’s birth. After his birth I knew that symbolically locs would also represent the new woman that had emerged after the experience. If you have not read my birth story you can find it here.
I specifically chose to use braids for my starter locs because they hold better than two strand twists for my hair texture. Braids also allow me to wash my hair as much as I want to without worry of my hair unraveling. I also feel that braids can be a great method to loc from with longer hair.
I am still in the process of deciding how I desire to maintain the roots of my locs.
Palm rolling often needs product of some form for hold which can cause build-up unless using flaxseed gel or an oil. I feel interlocking is great for smaller locs although can be time consuming. I am currently only separating each section since I don’t mind frizzy puffy roots. Just separating is very quick and easy plus will allow for a thicker loc to develop overall if that is what you want. I’m hoping in the next month I will be closer to making a decision.
My first set of locs I restarted with interlocking the entire length of hair after removing a poor set of starter locs that I had paid a lot of money to get done. I also interlocked my roots. My first set of locs were small compared to my current set in the making which are much larger. I’m actually excited to experience thicker locs this time around.
I love finding enjoyable ways to simplify my life, and having locs is the most laid back and beautiful hairstyle I have ever had to date.
I do not miss having to wash, deep condition/strengthen, detangle, style, and protect my curly hair. Locs truly can be a wash and go style, and otherwise they can left alone to just be. My hair holds moisture very well after washing, and I never even needed to condition or oil my locs in the past. I have a feeling this may be the case with this set, yet if not I’ll keep that simple too.
Although I am only two months in, I already have budding on a few of my braids so the locing process has begun. I am looking forward to seeing more budding and frizz as that is part of the locing process. The more frizz and budding the better.
Although I have had locs before, I am curious how different the experience will be this time.
Patience is my only true friend during this process, and I am fully embracing the lessons that will come along with this journey. What is always so unique about the locing process is that you never know exactly what your locs will look like until they mature. Even then mature locs change and grow with you. Locs are truly unique to each individual which is one thing that makes them so gorgeous.
When your starter locs are cultivated from braids, the process can take anywhere from six months to a year or more depending upon your hair texture. If you are interested in me sharing more about my loc journey please let me know in the comment section.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)