OK so I’ve been growning my dread locs for a year and a half now so far and recently I hadn’t washed it for about going on maybe 6months now and I started to notice that they only locked in the middle and one thined out and the part that broke off

recently locked leaving it thin and damaged. do you think theirs any think I could use of do to fix it and are their any natural remedies I could use to wash it and make the grow faster?

Hello, 

Please make a habit of washing your hair, unless a spiritual belief bars it. It’s especially important to wash and condition locs because our hair types are more fragile. Neglecting to do so results in extreme breakage and compromised hair health. I would definitely suggest washing your hair more regularly and conditioning it.

Unfortunately, hair breakage is permanent and cannot be reversed, so you’ll have so visit a maintenance technician to see how they can fix the thin spots. The only thing you can do from here is be preventative.

Unless you make soaps at home, there’s nothing out there that will clean your scalp of oils, so you’ll have to buy something. If you’re looking for something all-natural, vegan, fair trade, biodegradable, and with a super short ingredient list and reasonable price, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soaps are a good option. However, these soaps are extremely harsh and drying, so many people in the locs community shudder at name! So I would suggest other gentler shampoos over Dr. Bronner’s for you.

Washing your hair more regularly will help your stubborn loose locs knot up, and moisturizing it will help keep it from breaking.

As for natural remedies to increase hair growth, there isn’t anything that can make your hair grow faster, other than maintaining your physical and mental health. This is often best achieved through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management.

Hopefully this helped, and I wish you and your hair the best,
KJ

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

I’ve had my hair Loc’d for 3 weeks now & I’m not sure if it’s loc’ing yet? I washed my hair & they almost completely came out. I retwist them all & they are fine again. Is this normal for them to come out after wash? Im AfAM so my hair is a mix of kinky & small spirally curls some parts of my hair are softer than other sections but I mostly still have the good nappy stuff throughout.

I forgot to add I never did the big chop my hair was already natural & lengthy so i have long starter locs. Idk if that makes a difference in why it comes a loose when I wash it….

Hello,

Locs don’t start to actually knot for a good while; three weeks is definitely too soon for them to be loc’d. You’ll have to exercise a bit of patience over the next few months, and you’ll see them tighten up soon enough. If you started your locs just by twisting them (no teasing or other forms of knotting first), then they’ll be pretty loose at first. But they’ll tighten up soon enough.

The good news is that your hair is relatively long, and long hair is less likely to unravel than short hair. I started my locs with shoulder-length hair, so they were pretty long too. The length makes the budding process a bit more dramatic, but that’s about it.

For your first few washes, your locs will seem to loosen, but maintaining a regular washing schedule will help them knot. So don’t be afraid to wash! They’ll come together on their own in due time. 🙂

– KJ

I need a tutorial for a crown braid for prom, the one that wraps around your head, does anyone have one? (:

Hello,

I have looked around Youtube and can’t seem to find one specifically for locs. You can look one up for free-flowing hair then modify it for your locked hair. Or you can try one of these similar styles from Franchesca Ramsay: [1] [2] [3]

I think the link above that explains the French braid is really all you need to do! But maybe someone else can help?

– KJ

Followers: Does anyone have any tips or tutorials for crown braiding locked hair?

Do you know of any great locticians in dallas area. I will be visiting in the next few days and I want to experience a different hand on my dreads. Thank you.

Hello,

The loctician Damian Walter has a Dallas location. However, he has several locations around Texas state, so you can call him at 713-320-8520 to see if he is in the area and has availabilities. Other than that, I don’t know of anyone off the top of my head, though.

The good news is that large cities usually have several knowledgable stylists, so Google has a few results too. You can call around and see which seems best for your.

I’m sorry I couldn’t help more!

– KJ

Followers: Does anyone know of any salons who do loc maintenance in or nearby Dallas, Texas?

so I’m getting ready to get my hair dreaded in a couple months, getting everything i need and i was wondering what you or your followers recommend when it comes to shower caps. I’ve been looking at a swimming cap on eBay just coz i think it will be more watertight but I’m not sure. thoughts?

My one and only recommendation is Celestial Crowns! The customer service is sensational, and the owner is extremely kind. I was her first buyer from the state of Alaska, so she spontaneously gave me a free gift with my order. The shower caps come in numerous sizes, which are perfect for covering locks, box braids, twists, and even large volumes of natural hair in the shower.

I personally don’t prefer to wear a shower cap, because I find the moisture from the steam keeps my locks hydrated. But if you find one necessary for yourself—whether it be because you like to submerge your head under the shower, for deep conditioning treatments, or for bleaching/coloring processes—that’s definitely the brand I recommend.

– KJ