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Monday, November 15, 2010

How to start Locks

How to Start Locks on Any Kind of Hair

Locking Techniques
There many ways to lock your hair and you have to choose the method that works best for your hair type and length (i.e. tight curls, coily, wavy, straight, short, long, fine, thick, dry, oily). Check out the section on this site with the youtube videos.

Backcombing (also known as teasing or ratting) is a way of combing hair which is used to create volume as well as to create certain hairstyles. Backcombing means repeatedly combing the hair towards the scalp, causing the hair to tangle and knot up. This method is often used in creating various big hair styles such as beehives and dreadlocks.

Comb Coils
Comb coils can be started on hair that is coily to kinky. If your hair will form a natural coil you can usually start your locks this way. You are basically using a comb to coax a section of hair to form a curl. This method is great if you have hair that is really short. However, any length of coil hair can be comb coiled.

Single twists
Starting locks with single twist is a lot like starting locks with comb coils. The only difference is that you use your fingers instead of a comb to form the lock. If your hair will form a natural coil you can usually start your locks this way. You can start any length of hair with this method.

Palm Rolls
Starting locks with palm rolls is a lot like starting locks with comb coils or finger rolls. The only difference is that you use your palms to form the lock. If your hair will form a natural coil you can usually start your locks this way. Your hair should be at least three inches long to start your locks with this method.

Two strand twists/ Double Strand Twists
If you are looking for a way to start your locks that can be handled a little more at the beginning you may want to consider starting your locks with two strand or double strand twists. Locks started with double strand twist are a lot more durable than locks started with coils, finger coils/roll, or palm rolls. This method will work on coily, curly and wavy hair types and hair that is at least two inches long.

Braids are one of the easiest low maintenance ways of starting your locks. It really is as simple as braiding or getting your hair braided.

Locks started with braids can be a wide range of sizes from the size of your finger to the size of a piece of yarn and every diameter in between. This method works on all hair types but is especially good for those who have hair that will not coil or have various types of hair on your head.

Woven/Interlocked/Tool Started Methods
Weaving or interlocking the hair is a sure fire way to start locks (and maintain locks) on any hair type. Even the straightest hair can be locked with this method. The hair is woven from tip to root with your fingers or a tool. When you get to the base you are done.

It is kind of like braiding only backwards. And like braids, locks started by weaving or intertwining the hair are a lot more durable than other methods. You can use this method to start locks of any size. If you want exceptionally small "micro locks" this would be the way to go.

Yarn Braid Extension
If you want locks and: a.) have a perm and don't want to cut it or b.) think you want them but are not completely sure consider starting your locks with yarn extensions. Yarn braids (a.k.a Nu Locs) are simply extension braids that are braided with acrylic yarn instead of synthetic hair. You really only need an inch or two of hair.

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Website with more info on methods for locking your hair
Knatty Dread - http://www.knattydread.com/dreadlocks-info/making-dreadlocks.html

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