Having locs or dreadlocks on your head is the in thing, especially now that we, as a society, are starting to embrace our African culture.
For a long time though, dreadlocks were considered dirty and unappealing to the eyes. They were even associated with rebellion and thuggery.
It is only recently that dreads have been accepted by our culture and even in the corporate scene.
Locs have become a common hairstyle among both women and men, and even kids. Even my own son’s hair, Shawn, is locked with beautiful baby locs.
Before diving into the process of how to get you hair locked into dreadlocks, there are a few things you should consider.
First and foremost, you need to consider the texture of your hair.
Even though Africans are generally thought to have tightly coiled or kinky hair types, these vary from one person to the next.
Therefore, when you decide to get your hair locked, talk to a loctician and have them advise you on how long your hair will take to get locked. This will prevent disappointments when your hair takes longer than usual to form into beautiful dreadlocks.
The second most important thing when considering locking your hair is the investment involved.
A lot of people think that having dreads on your hair means that you visit the salon less often and that it involves very little money.
However, in actual sense, starting your dreadlocks journey is a big investment. It involves visiting a licensed loctician, regular upkeep (preferably monthly) and investing in dreadlocks products that keep your hair healthy and happy.
Once you have covered those two factors, you can easily begin your dreadlocks journey.
Here are some tips to transforming your hair into beautiful dreadlocks:
See a Licensed Loctician
I know. Most of us are DIY pros. And in this case, you can be tempted to transform your hair into dreadlocks on your own at home. Big fail!
A loctician will guide you in your journey to growing out beautiful dreads safely, fast and effectively.
When we got Shawn’s hair locked, we used Rio Valentines Spa N’ Styles salon located at Chaka Place in Hurlingham.
Other reliable locticians in Nairobi include Roots Dreadlocks, Dreadlocks Nairobi Kenya and Beauty Salon, Tony Airo, just to mention a few.
Start with natural hair
When transforming your hair into dreadlocks, natural hair is preferred to relaxed hair.
Relaxed hair tends to be straighter, which is not ideal for forming locs. It is therefore recommended that if you have relaxed hair and want to have your hair locked, then consider going in for the big chop.
Shorter dreadlocks are easier to maintain and keep on the right path than longer hair.
However, even longer hair is ideal for forming locks using the crotchet method for instant locs.
It is best to discuss with your loctician about all these options and finding what works best for you.
Be Patient and Consistent
The journey to getting a full head of long beautiful dreadlocks is long and frustrating. That’s why you need to have a lot of patience.
To maintain healthy and strong dreadlocks, it is also important to be consistent in seeing your loctician and having your hair re-twisted now and then. Like I said earlier on, this is an investment.