Your locs journey will take you through five stages:
- Starter locs,
- Mature and
Stage 1 - Starter Locs
What is Re-twisting or Palm-Rolling?
Re-twisting is a method of maintaining the length of your locs and locking the new growth of your hair. In the process, fuzzy hair is tightened around the length of the locs and the roots are twisted to maintain the form of the cylindrical form of the loc.
Stage 2 - Baby
You notice that your new growth is puffy and your starter style is fuzzy. This is a good time to practice a re-twisting routine for new growth. Make sure to keep track of the original section partings when re-twisting to maintain a consistent and uniform size
Stage 3 - Teenage
Like real-life teenagers, this may be the stage where you wonder what's going on with your hair. Too short to lie down easily, your teenage locs may seem to sprout all over your head and go in the directions they want to go. This can be a tough stage (especially if you have to put up with negative comments), but if you can persevere, you'll enjoy what's coming
Stage 4 - Mature
About 18 months after beginning locs, you should be at this stage, where your locs are long enough to lie flat or hang down. You don't have to re-twist your new growth as often. Locs should be thick enough to support themselves. You'll probably be very comfortable with your locs by now and enjoy a regular shampooing and conditioning routine.
Stage 5 - Rooted
Once you reach this stage, your locs are firmly in place. While super-long locs are the envy of some, hair that falls past your waist can be heavy and cumbersome. You can trim your locs to a manageable length if needed. Your hair care routine can be as simple or complex as you like, but rooted locs require little more than regular cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing.
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