New Hair, New You: Starting Your Loc Journey
A new year is upon us and you’ve finally committed to abandoning the sidelines, stop envying everyone else’s gorgeous locs and start growing your own. Of course, you’re absolutely terrified! You’re not even sure where to begin! The only thing you’re certain of is how amazing it will feel when you finally have those long, luscious locs you’ve always dreamed of.
Locsanity understands just how nerve-racking this process can be. We’ve created the perfect guide to help you understand what factors you should consider on your loc journey, taking into account both the mental and practical sides of this transformative process. Wearing locs shouldn’t just be about aesthetics, it should also empower you on a deeply personal level.
This guide breaks down the details of the loc journey, making it easy to understand while helping you navigate this exciting experience.
The Mental Shift Behind the New Hair Journey
Adopting a new hairstyle, especially one like locs or dreadlocks, can have a profound impact on your mindset and overall well-being. For the purposes of this article, we’ll use the terms locs and dreadlocks interchangeably, although a distinction can be made between the two. Beyond the aesthetic change, growing out your locs serves as a symbol of resilience and patience. The process of growing and maintaining them requires time and commitment, teaching you the value of persistence and the beauty that comes with allowing things to unfold naturally.
Locs, with their unique and intricate patterns, become a visual representation of your personal journey. Each lock tells a story of growth, endurance, and the embracing of your authentic self. The patience required to nurture and cultivate locs, mirrors the patience and resilience needed in various aspects of life.
Moreover, this hairstyle often defies conventional beauty standards, encouraging a shift in mindset towards self-acceptance. By choosing locs/dreadlocks, you're making a statement about embracing your natural state and rejecting societal pressures to conform. This act of self-expression not only influences your mindset but also allows you to radiates confidence and authenticity to those around you.
A Beginner's Guide to Starting Your Loc Journey
Step 1: Know Your Hair Type
Begin by understanding your natural hair texture. Whether it's straight, wavy, curly, or kinky, recognizing your hair type will influence the loc method that suits you best.
Step 2: Choose the Right Loc Method
Explore different loc methods such as traditional locs, sisterlocks, or freeform locs. Select the method that aligns with both your hair type and personal preferences. For example:
- Traditional locs are suitable for various hair types and offer a classic, uniform appearance.
- Sisterlocks are smaller, more refined locs that work well for finer hair textures.
- Freeform locs embrace a natural, organic look and are ideal for those who prefer minimal manipulation.
Step 3: Kickstart Your Locs
Initiate the loc formation process based on your chosen method. This may involve sectioning your hair, twisting or braiding, and possibly using loc-friendly products to aid the locking process. Most people will seek the help of a loctician to get started but if you’re a fast learner, you can also do it yourself by looking up videos on a platform like YouTube. Whatever route you go, be sure to screen those resources carefully so you don’t end up with undesirable results.
Step 4: Patience and Resilience
Understand that starting locs is not just a physical change but a mental and emotional journey. You’ll learn so much about what your hair likes and doesn’t like as those locs begin to form. You’ll hear a lot of folks talk about “the ugly phase” where your locs are shorter and don’t look as if they’ll ever come together the way you want them to. Trust the process. Be patient enough to allow your locs to work their way to maturity. So many have had the urge to simply chop off their locs before they get to maturity. Some people opt for loc extensions so they can get through this “baby locs” stage. Whatever you do, keep reminding yourself that you are beautiful regardless of how your hair grows. Allow Mother Nature to run her course and if you experience any issues along the way, consult a skilled loctician.
Step 5: Building Confidence
As your locs mature, you’ll find that your confidence grows considerably. You’ll have spent enough time getting to know your natural hair to discover what products it responds well to and what really makes those locs stand out. The confidence comes with the knowledge you acquire on the journey as you ultimately build friendships with others in the loc community who are eager to see you at your happiest.
Step 6: Establish a Maintenance Routine
For healthy and vibrant locs, master the basics of maintenance: washing, moisturizing, and optional retwisting. Dive into Locsanity's product range, carefully selecting creams, gels, shampoos, and conditioners. Tailor your routine to your hair type, and remember, consistency is key for maintaining the health and appearance of your locs. Find a schedule that works for you.
Step 7: Embrace Uniqueness
Finally, replace any loc envy you may experience with adoration. Practice saying, “Those locs are amazing!” either quietly to yourself or to the person whose locs you admire until you get to a point where you adore your own. Remember, every set of locs is unique and undergoes various stages of development. Celebrate your locs through every phase of the journey because once they reach full maturity, you’ll have a masterpiece that is every bit as unique as you are!
So now that you know a bit more about what to expect on the loc journey, embrace the new year and your new hair with full enthusiasm. Locs are not just a hairstyle, they’re a commitment to self exploration. Embarking on the journey requires patience, resilience, an openness to learn and an ability to see yourself as inherently beautiful regardless of how your locs grow.
Here's to a new year, new hair, and a remarkably fulfilling loc journey!
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