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4 Things to Consider When You Want to Get Locs


Consider When You Want to Get Locs
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For some time now I’ve been going back and forth on the idea of getting dreadlocks. I have tossed the idea around with my friends and family members and have generally received overwhelmingly positive feed. I have seen many of my favourite Youtubers rocks their dreadlocks effortlessly (Shout out to Seren and Franchesca), and I’ve watched tons of videos on the various styles and sizes of locs starting from the thin, adorable sisterlocs to the thick, gorgeous and long dreadlocks.

I have encountered a few different hairstyles to try out in order to get a better sense of what I would potentially look like with locs before I commit to the process and I’ve liked the results of my tests. I still want to continue experimenting with my loose natural hair for the next two years, but I have recently decided that after that I will get locs. In the process of deciding whether dreadlocks were right for me there were 4 main things that I had to take into consideration.

1. Width of your locs

The desired width of your locs is important to consider early on because it will affect how much you will need to spend on the initial startup costs and long term maintenance costs of your locs. For example, if you choose really thin locs i.e. sisterlocs the initial startup costs of your hair will be significantly more than if you choose to do a wider style of locs. When deciding on the style and width of your locs think about how much volume and thickness you feel suits you and don’t forget to consider the potential total weight of your hair if you want to grow your locs out to be really long.

2. Length of the locs

There is a theory that locs can help your hair grow faster because of not having to deal with minimal loss due to stress from styling and combing. This combined with the fact that shed hair will attach to your locs as your hair grow explains why many people desire to grow long locs. Although long dreadlocs up until a certain length can give you a wide variety in the kinds of styles and looks you can achieve with your hair, longer locs can also be more difficult to manage. They will take longer to dry, and may be harder to wash and moisturize. The desired length also needs to be considered in conjunction with the width of your hair so that you can work towards to clearly defined hair goals for your locs.

3. Your Startup Costs

As previously mentioned the cost of getting your hair locked can vary greatly depending on the style of locs you pursue. Sisterlocs in particular can be very expensive to start off with depending on where you are. Thicker dreadlocks are usually somewhat less expensive.

4. Your maintenance costs

These are the costs of keeping your dreadlocks well taken care of on a regular basis. They include stylist costs as well as the cost of your moisturisers, conditions and shampoos used on your hair regularly due to the fact that larger locs may have a tendency to absorb lather for shampoos and conditioner at a high rate without washing or conditioning your hair.

At the end of the day, locs are beautiful and people get them for a wide variety of reasons whether it’s for religious, cultural or other purposes. Locs can give you extremely versatile looks. These are just 4 things that I considered while considering getting locs.

What are the things that you considered while deciding whether to get dreadlocks? If you have locs why did you choose to get them? Let me know what you think in the comments below.



Frances Uhomoibhi
I am a 20-something Naturalista with a love for all things Black. I love writing, spoken word, and doing social justice work. Living in London, I hope to help young black girls to love their beauty inside and out.

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