More ways to start your Loc Journey

Kimberly Ratcliff

If you read our last post, you know that there are a number of ways to start locs. Just to recap, we covered starting locs with:

  1. Braids - good if you sweat from your scalp a lot and want to interlock 
  2. Two-strand twists - good if you want a rounder lock look or thicker locks
  3. Loc extensions - good if you want to skip the transition phase altogether

If you found that information helpful, you’ll want to keep reading. Here are 3 more ways to start locs, so that you can make the best decision for you!

  1. A common way to start locs is with comb coils.


This is a common method because you only need 2-3. inches of hair to begin and it can be done on any hair texture. This method also does not take long to lock on shorter hair.


This method uses a comb to coil the hair into uniformed locs.


One con is that it can take a while for this method to lock when done on longer hair. Another is that this method is very sensitive to water when you have soft hair.


This method can be maintained with palm rolling or comb twisting.


  1. Another way to start locs is with backcombing. 


This method is great for soft, straight, or fine hair.


This method is done by teasing the hair to make it intertwine and then palm rolling it into a loc. When you backcomb your locks they are easily maintained and you have an instant loc look.


One downside is that you have to be vigilant with maintenance in the beginning so that your lock shaft stays smooth without budding.


This method can be maintained with palm rolling or comb twisting. 


  1. The third way that locs can be started is organically. 

This is the method for the free spirited person. This can be done in a number of ways, but the basics are that you let your hair do what it does. So, whether you wash and don’t detangle, or use a curl sponge and then let the process take on a life of its own, you just let your hair be.


This is great if you want an organic and super low-maintenance journey. You don’t have to worry about maintaining the look of the locs or separating the locs at all.


The main con is that you have no idea what your locs will end up looking like. You could end up loving the look that emerges to not feeling it, but for some that is the beauty of this method.


No matter how you start the process, the joy of locs can really be in the journey! This is a very versatile and culture rich way to style your hair, so above all: enjoy your journey!


One of the fun parts of the loc journey is trying new and beneficial products that help your hair to thrive! Check out our shop for a complete range of quality products to enhance and maintain the beauty of natural hair!

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