Let the loc journey begin

So…I’ve decided to loc my hair. That’s right: dreadlocks. This is my first hair post, but as I said back in August, I’ll be writing about different topics. Because this blog is a hobby and not a business, it can be about whatever I feel like talking about.

Photo of my two strand twists.
Let the journey begin.

I hate doing my hair!

Those of you who know me know that I’m on team relaxer. If you’re feeling the need to berate me about that, save it. We all have to do what’s right for us. I didn’t decide to go dread because I’ve left team relaxer; I haven’t. It’s because I hate doing my hair. I go through what I call “braid cycles”. I’ll get box plaits, bob plaits, or some crochet style. When it grows out, I’ll spend a Friday night taking my hair out and washing it. Then there is an early hair appointment on Saturday. I’ll do that 3 or 4 times, then get my hair relaxed and let it rest for a month or two. Then start the next braid cycle.

I would have been happy if I never had to take those braids out. So that got me to thinking. Locs are beautiful and versatile like braids and bonus: I never have to take them out.

The method

My stylist chose the 2 strand twist method. This page explains the different methods. Here is a pretty good video tutorial. Long story short, my hair doesn’t look very good right now, but that was expected. As my hair starts to lock, the dreads will go through the “ugly” phase. Because I’ve done my research, I know that it’s going to take a while before my hair actually starts to look good. The payoff will be worth it.

I’ll be posting about my loc journey. Do you have any tips or just want to share a word of encouragement? Comment below.