There are countless methods to achieve the curly look with locs.
A few examples include:
- Barrel twists
- Bantu knots
- Perm rods
- Pipe cleaners
- Rag method
My preferred method?
The good old fashioned braid!
After washing and conditioning my hair I towel dry until my ends are no longer dripping down my back and shoulders.
Then, I finger part my hair into six sections and oil my scalp and hair with coconut oil, jojoba oil, or vitamin E oil.
Because locs take more time to dry, I depend on the sun as my natural dryer until my hair is barely damp. The goal is to have wet locs that are not releasing water during the retwisting/braiding process.
Once my 30 minutes in the sun is over, I re-twist 3-5 locs and immediately braid them as tight as possible.
Before I braid my hair:
After I’ve finished braiding my hair, it’s time to explore and have fun outdoors.
Depending on my schedule I will leave the braids in for 2-24 hours after my hair is fully dry before pulling them out.
I LOVE this method because not only is it cost efficient, my results are consistent and I can easily re-braid my locs before bed if my curls need reviving by leaving 1cm of the roots braided.
$12 Shampoo and conditioner (lasts me 3 months)
$4-8 The oil of my choice(lasts 2 months depending on the size)
$1.06 50 pack of rubber bands(lasts me 5-6 months)
$0 – SUN (I only wash my hair when the sun is shining which isn’t a problem in South Florida)
15-20 minutes- Wash and condition hair
5 minutes- Towel Dry
2 minutes- Apply oil
30 minutes- Sun dry
60 minutes- Retwist locs and braid hair
Go back outside to play and forget about the time!!