Baby locks often imitate the curl pattern of the individual hairs that comprise each lock. This means that immature locks made of wavy or curly hair like to wave and/or bulge. Straight and Afro-textured hair tends to appear more smooth.
Despite this, most locks do mature to be straight. I thought mine would stay wavy forever, but once the hairs moved around and knotted up, it’s not a problem.
Here are some options and resources for you in the meantime:
- Training your hair — Using wetting and drying techniques to train wavy locks to be straighter.
- Crochet hooking — This will make them a bit tighter and less likely to follow the curl pattern of the individual curls.
- Flat ironing — Not highly recommended, but we have information about it anyway!
- Photos and information about my waves — If you’d like some visuals, here they are!
You can keep your locks as-is, because they will smooth out over time. However, if you want to restart, you can still do it. I wouldn’t worry too much about size. Most sizes of locks will smooth out over time. The only exception appears to be microlocks, which are about 1mm in diameter and require special methods of starting and maintaining them. Since I don’t imagine that’s what you were intending, size isn’t a worry! Just make them whatever size you like best.