We catch up with salon proprietor Sarah Adeyemi from One Stop Dread Lock who offers some top tips for caring for your locs as winter starts to wind down.
It’s very important to start your loc journey with a good foundation. Clean healthy locs are a definite must. In this segment I will give you the reasons as to why breakage/thinning occurs, and how best to avoid it.
Healthy full roots
This is very important as thin roots can eventually lead to loss of hair or heavy breakage. Locs can thin out due to over twisting, twisting too tight or over styling, if you’re twisting your hair within 4 weeks of the last re-twist you’re over twisting. You should allow at least 4 weeks plus between twists to obtain a decent amount of re-growth (depending how quickly the hair grows). A regeneration if you like. The roots are what support the locs. If they are not in good condition, it will show in the entire body of the hair. Styles should not be left in for longer than 2-3 weeks. The hair needs time to puff back out from being reshaped and bent.When re-twisting, the locs should always lay flat, never curled over or bumpy at the root, this means it’s being pulled to tight and follicles are experiencing strain.
If wearing hair in a ponytail, be careful not to loop over too many times, this can dent the locs especially if used everyday or frequently. Alice bands can rub the hairline and also don’t allow air to circulate in the hairline. They can also stunt growth in the hairline especially if used too frequently.
Interlocking too tight
This is a problem for many people as they often can’t see what is being done to their hair until it’s too late. I generally do not advise interlocking (a from of re-twisting using a crotchet needle) as a method of re-twisting as it’s quite forceful on the hair and scalp, and can be damaging for some hair-types. If you are really keen to interlock, then request it not to be looped over too many times and do not do it as often as you would a re-twist. Interlocking needs more time for regrowth than a general comb/hand or palm twist as it’s more aggressive in application.
Wearing caps (constant wear)
This normally tends to be an issue more often experienced by men. There are 2 things that cause an issue with constant wear: A)The friction caused by contact from the material and B)The lack of air circulating in the scalp. Both of these can lead to premature balding or general breakage and scalp damage. If you like to wear caps regularly i would suggest not to wear them everyday and not wear them at home