Some say that loc'ing is a natural process, some go as far as to say that loc'ing is the most natural thing (afro) hair can do. But is a hairstyle that takes up to two years to fully establish really natural? Now there's a clear difference between manipulated and un-manipulated dreadlocks and perhaps this only applies to the former of which, in my own experience, feels like an impossible feat.
Here are a few thoughts on my locs:
- My locs don't like perspiration when I workout regularly.
- My locs don't like that I wash them often to combat issue number one.
- My locs don't like when I don't wash them often to combat issue number two.
- My locs don't like being exposed to excessively wet conditions period.
I firmly believe that if I were to dismiss any activity involving water and leave them to it that I would in fact have dreadlocks that are well on their way and yet is there much point if I can't do these activities or enjoy my rainy climate? At this point may I point out the correlation between baby locs and a perm when it comes to maintenance?
I do have options:
- I could interlock, this had potential but I don't have the funds or the knowhow nor is it a method I would be able to keep up with in the future.
- I could wait and start dreadlocks at a less active time in my life, but I want to be active for the rest of my life.
- I could wait until my hair is much longer and start with braids or twists, would you?
- I could even freeform, though I think I'd be less content with this process.
- I could try rubber bands again, and I think I will, though I have concerns about thinning. Also is it true that they can prohibit the loc'ing process?
I promised a length check so here we go:
Do dreads suite your lifestyle? For any readers who don't have locs yet, think long and hard about this question before you start your own journey.
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