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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Loc Virgin

I decided to write this blog after receiving quite a couple of questions and concerns about starting locs, maintaining locs or even the difference between the two main techniques used to start locs.  My advice, before anything, is YOU HAVE TO BE READY TO LOC!!!

I understand there are various purposes as to why some individuals loc their hair.  Some reasons may be religious, but in the case of wanting to simply transform your hair and wear it in locs, I’ve provided some help for the loc virgins out there. 

The traditional form of loc’ing the hair is a technique known as twisting or palm rolling. After your being the palm rolling process, your stylist should instruct you to not wash your hair for about 3-4 months.  However, another technique catching the eye of many loc virgins is the interlocking method.  You don't have to go through the long 4 month process of a dirty scalp. 

Interlocking utilizes a tool.  A lot of people use a crochet hook but I do not promote this because it tends to snag, pull and rip your hair.  But there are loc tools available for purchase (just ask me and I'll be sure to point you in the right direction).  The loc tool interlocks the hair counter clockwise.  Why? Your normal curl pattern is clockwise. So, loc'ing your hair counter clockwise will stop your hair from curling and unraveling. 

Here are 3 important reasons why I prefer the interlocking method and use it on my own locs:

1. Cleanliness is next to happiness (for your hair).  It is important for your locs to be clean and wearable for both men and women.   KEEP IT CLEAN.  It is important that your hair remains clean because as it beings to loc, all the dirt and debris that accumulates will stay in your hair.  I believe in clean hair and a clean scalp.  If you loc your hair today, using the interlocking method, you can wash your hair the same day. 

2. The interlocking process keeps each lock strong and reinforces the loc to the scalp.  As locs grow out and get heavier they will not unravel at the ends.  With the Palm rolling process, hair can become weak at the base. For example: think about a paper clip - if you keep twisting a paperclip in the same direction long enough, you'll be able to break that paper clip into two. 

3.  Time is money, honey! You don't have to come into the salon as frequently! You seek the ultimate freedom with your locs, right? Well, palm rolling requires you to come in frequently to continue to allow your locks to progress into a tight role.

If you’re beginning for the first time, the interlocking process is definitely encouraged by myself and many other loc stylist and experts. 

Also, it is important to know that every loc process is different.  On average, it takes 6 months to a year for a loc to mature.  however, it really depends on your curl pattern.  

Corse hair: hair locs faster.
Loose hair: hair takes longer to loc.  --- it's vital that this person uses the interlocking method.  

Ultimately, locking is a process and interlocking is the best technique to use if you are considering.  

I cannot stress that you have to be ready to loc.  If you're concernd about how to take out your locs, versatility, styling, and not being able to wear your hear in an afro or pressed, I believe you are not ready.   

Nevertheless, loc'ing is a wonderful experience.  I am currently on my second set of locs and for everyone who wants to try it out, I encourage you to go for it! Experience a new you in 2011.

Is your hair happy?


  1. Hey Kari,
    Thanks so much for this post. I started locing my hair (yeah) in October via the palm roll. My loctician start doing the interlocking (not via a tool) but I slowed her down. After reading this (you know I trust you the most) I am going to ask her to interlock it all now. Also a sistah does need to save some money, lol. Question, I want to be able to maintain them on my own and visit the shop every 2-3 months. Do you palm roll after for the new growth?

    Love you,

  2. Hey Felicia,

    Sorry for responding a bit late!

    The beautiful thing about interlocking is that the client only needs to go to the salon every 6-8 weeks. Why? the loc is reinforced to the scalp. In between your appointments you can definitely palm roll if they become too frizzy or not neat for your liking.

    Also, you should be on the look out for Dr. Kari TV which should be airing on my own YouTube channel in the next month. There, i'll be able to provide footage on maintaining your locs as well as other hair care needs.