Starting locs can be an exciting but also perplexing journey, especially if it’s your first time venturing into this beautiful world of natural hair. You might have stumbled across various tips, warnings, and yes, myths along the way.
I’m here to do some myth-busting today, and it’s all about starting locs. You might have heard a lot of “do’s and don’ts” or “can’s and cannot’s” during your research. Believe me, I’ve been there! These are some myths I heard before getting my locs that had me second-guessing my decision at first.
From notions about having to do the big chop or shave your head to confusing ideas about hair types and washing routines, the world of locs can seem filled with contradictions. But fear not, we’re about to set the record straight.
Together, we’ll explore the 5 crazy myths about starting locs, and by the end, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to embark on your own loc journey without any undue hesitation.
Let’s dive in and get to the truth!
Myth 1: You Have to Shave Your Head or Do the Big Chop to Start Locs
Let’s hit the ground running and tackle the first myth. The claim is you must shave your head or do the big chop to start locs. Can you imagine? This belief alone has probably deterred many from even considering locs. But guess what? This myth is nothing but hot air!
No, you do not need to shave your head or do the big chop to start your loc journey. While starting with shorter hair may simplify the process, you can begin your locs with hair that’s just 3-4 inches long.
This can be achieved using techniques such as comb coils, two-strand twists, or braids. The method you choose largely depends on factors like your hair type, length, and personal preference.
So, relax! No drastic measures are needed to kickstart your loc journey.
Myth 2: You Need to Have a Certain Hair Type to Start Locs
The next myth we’re putting to rest might have made you question if you’re even a candidate for locs. The myth? That only certain hair types can form locs. Well, let’s bust this myth wide open right now!
The truth is, locs can be formed with all hair types! You heard it right. Locs don’t discriminate! No matter your hair’s texture or curl pattern, you can rock locs. Whether your hair is fine, thick, curly, wavy, or even straight, you can start and maintain healthy locs. The key lies in choosing the right method and maintenance routine for your specific hair type.
For instance, folks with straighter hair might find the twist and rip or backcombing method more effective for starting their locs, while those with coarser, curlier textures might find that two-strand twists, palm rolling, or interlocking works best.
So, don’t let your hair type discourage you from embracing the loc life.
Myth 3: You Can't Wash Your Hair Once You Start Locs
Okay, onto myth number three. This one has had folks cringing in their seats and saying, “No way!” The myth? That once you start your loc journey, you can no longer wash your hair. I’m here to shout from the rooftops that this, my friends, is absolutely not true!
Yes, when you initially start your locs, you might want to wait a bit before your first wash to allow your hair to begin the locking process. But that doesn’t mean you have to forego cleanliness entirely! Depending on the method you used to start your locs, you could be washing your hair as early as one to three weeks in.
As your locs mature, you can and should maintain a regular washing routine. Keeping your scalp clean is critical for healthy hair growth, and that includes your locs. The key is to use a residue-free shampoo and wash gently to prevent unraveling in the early stages.
No more thinking locs mean dirty hair! That’s another myth kicked to the curb. Let’s move onto the next one, shall we?
Myth 4: You Can't Change Your Mind Once You Start Locs
This next myth is all about commitment, or rather the fear of it. Some believe that once you start your loc journey, there’s no turning back. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s a myth! Yes, locs are a commitment, but not an irreversible one.
While it’s true that the farther you are in your loc journey, the more challenging it is to undo the process, it is still possible. If you ever decide that locs aren’t for you, there are ways to take them down without resorting to the drastic measure of shaving your head. It’s time-consuming, often requiring conditioner, a detangling comb, and a good dose of patience. But it’s doable. And for a comprehensive guide on the topic, be sure to check out ‘REMOVING LOCS? TRY THESE 7 SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TIPS‘.
So, breathe easy. Starting locs doesn’t mean you’re signing a lifelong contract. It’s your hair, and you have the freedom to change your mind if you want. Now, let’s untangle our final myth, are you ready?
Myth 5: Starting locs requires an unsightly "ugly phase."
And finally, let’s tackle a myth that gives loc beginners cold feet—the so-called “ugly phase.” The idea is that starting locs means you’re doomed to endure a period of unruly, awkward-looking hair. But let’s get something straight, there’s no such thing as an “ugly phase” in your loc journey!
Every stage of your loc journey is unique and beautiful in its own way. The early phase of budding locs can be a thrilling time as you watch your hair start to transform. It’s a time of change, of self-expression, and even self-discovery.
Some locs may puff, some may shrink, and others might change direction. But isn’t that part of the beauty? The unpredictability and uniqueness?
Yes, patience is necessary, and yes, you’ll likely experience a phase of semi-mature locs that can feel a bit wild. But with proper care and a dash of self-confidence, this phase can become a memorable part of your natural hair journey. Remember, beauty is subjective, and the only opinion that matters is yours. So let’s toss this myth aside and embrace every stage of our loc journey.
A Final Word on Myths
Alright, my friends, that’s a wrap! We’ve just busted five big myths about starting locs, from thinking you need to shave your head or do the big chop, to worrying about an “ugly phase.” It’s crazy how many misconceptions are out there, isn’t it?
But hey, don’t let these myths hold you back from your loc journey. Embrace the truth, and just know, your locs are a unique expression of you—there’s no “right way” that fits everyone.
So here’s the deal: Starting locs is about more than hair. It’s about personal growth, creativity, and yes, some challenges. But oh, the rewards! Just remember to soak up all the knowledge you can, treat your hair with all the love it deserves, and keep that patience game strong.
You’ve got this, and I’m here cheering you on! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need some extra encouragement. Happy loc-ing!
Are you already on a journey with your locs and looking to keep them vibrant, healthy, and beautiful? Dive into ‘HEALTHY LOCS: 10 ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW‘ and discover the keys to unlocking your locs’ full potential!