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


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


Thank you for the information! I have very strong hair- even with all the processing I’ve had done, I’m sure it’ll be fine! Will I be able to use a toner on them afterwards? If so, is there a specific type I should use that has no residue or that is specifically made for dreadlocks? Sorry for all the questions, google is not helping me at all!


Any toner that is designed for human hair is fine to use on locks. What usually causes residue is improper rinsing. So as long as you commit to rinsing until your water runoff is 100% (not 99%!) clear, then you’ll be fine!

“Residue free” products are designed to help minimize residue, but are not guaranteed to avoid residue. Everything is in the rinsing. Almost all shampoos, hair colors, and conditioners are A-okay to use on locks so long as you commit yourself to a rigorous rinse after each usage.

– KJ

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?


About how long does it take TnR and back combed dreads to lock up?

Hello there,

Unless you are freeforming, hair typically locks up at the same rate regardless of your manual starting method (this also depends on hair type). 

Freeformed locks can take 1-3 years to form regardless of texture, and they take shorter for kinky and coily hair and longer for straighter and more loosely curled hair.

Manually started locks start to tighten up and lock at about 3 months on afro textured hair, and at about 6 months on straight hair.

They can be considered fully mature somewhere near 1 year for afro textured hair, and 1-1.5 years on straight hair. 

For textures in between, it varies. 
For more information on each starting method, check our our “starting methods” page in our sidebar. Thanks!

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. 


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.
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- -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.