do you know of any blogs similar to yours more centered around african american locs

Hello,

There are many blogs I follow specifically about locs. However, I am not aware of one that is as information-oriented as we are. Most feature more photos than advice. Unfortunately, information-oriented blogs about locs are sparse on Tumblr, and you’re better off looking into natural hair forums and social networking groups.

Off the top of my head, there are the following on Tumblr:

  • Lovedivika — Mostly photos, but can answer questions and has a lovely YouTube channel with information.
  • Menwithlocs — Photos, bios, and care regimens.
  • IllyLussiano — A professional hair stylist who has locs and can answer questions, though that is not the focus of her blog.

This blog features photos from people of all backgrounds, and a majority of our photo queue is comprised of people of color. Despite that, a lot of our advice is geared toward straight and wavy hair, simply because those are the kinds of questions we receive, and we cannot control that.

However, as a black person myself, we are more than happy and very much able to answer locs-related questions. We would not only love to help, but it would also be beneficial to us by expanding our reach and fulfilling our mission of equal representation.

– KJ

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hello this maybe is a stupid question but . if dreadlocks get thicker in my case type 1 hair i saw in here they double the size somethinmes, should i not put beads in the first month or months? so they can get thiker free as they want ? thank you love

Hello there. 

You can put beads in, just be sure to move them around, take them out, and don’t leave them on the same exact spot for 3 months. 

Your locks can shrink up around the bead and make it a permanent bead. You’ll have a fatty lock below, a fatty lock above, and a leetle skinny lock through the middle of the bead. 

So, as long as you move the bead up and down your lock every few days, change its location every week or so, or completely remove it sometimes, it will not become a permanent fixture of your locks. 

That said, beads will only keep your lock skinny immediately under the bead. So, if you leave a bead in for a long time, like I said- the lock will thicken normally above and below it. It won’t interfere with the overall thickening of your locks. 
Hypothetically, though, if you wore heavy beads on every single one of your locks near the ends, and weighed all of your locks down, the gravity could “pull” on your locks and prevent them from getting to their maximum thickness. However that is kind of not something people do, so don’t worry! 

The main question here is – do you want a permanent bead and some weird shapes in your locks, or do you want temporary beads so you can change things up when you’d like?

-JR

s.o.s please .. i´ve been having a lot os itchy and smal pimples on my scalp so i cut one dreads to see e shaved and my scalp is in SO BAD SHAPE its all red with dry skin and some strange circles like blowed im shure its not normal but ive haved dreads for months now and this seem like as been building up , is anything i can so besides shave it all ? maybe dreads were not a good ideia =(

Hello there, 

This sounds like something beyond the scope of what we can answer. 

Please see a doctor or dermatologist immediately- this does not sound normal. 

-JR

I reconnected my old dreads with super bond. How long until I can wash it with them coming out?

Hello there. 

Unfortunately, attaching extensions with glue (super bond is a glue designed for use with hair) is not the best method. 

Even glue designed for hair- it is not the way to attach extensions. Whether you are using the wrapping method to attach kinky natural hair to locs, or using a crochet hook to attach straighter hair textures to your locks, glue should never be involved in the process. Period.

Glue does not go into your locks.

Now, the best way of fixing this would be to do the following:
1- Snip the extensions (your old locks you reattached) off just above the glue part. This will leave most of your locks intact. Brush about 1-1.5 inches of the tip of your lock out.

2- Snip the glued bit off the top of your extension. Brush out about 1.5-2 inches of the top of your extension. The puffy texture of the hair will be very beneficial to add in the extensions properly. 

3- Follow this method to attach your old locks with a crochet hook. http://youtu.be/Hnfinze-_co?t=15m29s
This is the sturdiest possible method to attach lock extensions to straight and wavy hair. I believe it could be used on coily or afro textured hair, but there are better methods (wrapping, for instance this- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyetaHVVKIc&index=31&list=LLTc3AL2dNQfmiFwcmKjHV2g&noredirect=1 -though it wouldn’t be good to reattach old locs).

Anon, you could snip off all the extensions at once, or you could follow these steps one lock at a time. Either way, you can get all your locks repaired and put into a glue-free state with extensions that will last.

If you follow the crochet hooking method, you can immediately wash your extensions. They will be secure and remain in your existing locks for as long as you want to have them. They can be picked out in the future, but should not ever fall out unintentionally. 

Please, folks, never ever ever use glue to extend your locks. Never use glue as any part of any aspect of the care and keeping of your locks. 

Luckily, in this case, snipping out the glued bits will not cause too much loss of length and it will be a mostly easy fix. 
-JR

Is it okay that some dreads are smaller than others or does it look weird? I have partial dreads.

It only looks weird if you think it looks weird! The truth is that no one has locks that are all the same size. In fact, the different sizes often aren’t even noticeable. Some of my locks are a third of the diameter as others, and I don’t mind at all!

But if it still matters to you, you can weave some free-flowing hair into the smaller locks, or you can start over.

It’s up to you!

– KJ

Hello! Do you know of any methods for a formal style/updo? My bun always ends up loose and floppy :P Thanks!<3

Hello! 

To be honest, I’m a really crummy stylist! I am poor at braiding, twisting, and pretty much everything else that makes a good updo. However, people on YouTube are very fantastic, and I highly suggest checking out Doctored Locks’ YouTube channel. They have a few updo tutorials that are super easy to do, especially if you’re not a master of many techniques.

We also have a few tags here at the blog that may inspire you:

Style
Updos
Locs updos

Annnd, if all else fails, I’ll send you in the direction of my favorite easy style, the basketweave! It’s great if you’re in a rush or don’t have a mirror handy.

Hopefully that helps you out! If you discover some awesome style along the way, please consider submitting a photo to us. We’d love to see!

– KJ 

Followers: Any updo tutorials for dear Anon?

I just put in a few dreads and I’m wondering should I wrap them to keep my other hairs from intertwining with the new dreads?

Hello,

Keeping baby locks wrapped up hinders the locking process. While this can prevent your locks from tangling with your free-flowing hair for the time being, it is not a solution to the problem. The tighter your locks knot up, the less likely they are to tangle with your loose hair. So adding wraps to partial lock installs is actually counterproductive.

Just be diligent about separating your locks from the rest of your hair every day. As they mature, you’ll notice them trying to eat the brushable hair less and less.

– KJ