It's hard to explain in words but here goes: As you know I opted for bigger locs a couple of months ago. The issue is only with my thickest locs. I love how thick they are but I'm aiming for a more cylindrical shape - whether that happens naturally or with maintenance. I've been "budding" for a while now. There's a bud on the end of virtually every loc. I've seen so many pictures and videos of people with buds starting in the middle of their locs but I assume that's because they've got longer locs to start with. Anyway, my "buds" have swollen up. A LOT. They're so puffy and shrink every time I wash my head. When I re-twist the roots they unravel within the day. The sections still stay separated so it's not like having loose hair but when I stretch out one of the problem locs it looks like this (A):
(B) Here's what I do understand of the budding process so far:
So that's how it's supposed to be, right? Budding, shrinkage, swelling? Well I have some questions:
- Do I need to re-twist the locs in pics (A) or will they matt and condense on their own?
- If I don't re-twist will they remain as thick and shapeless as they look now?
- Many of the smaller locs are forming with either pointed or rounded ends which I don't mind but I also have some locs that seem to be forming two headed dragons or something less distinguishable. How can I get the ends stay together?
- Is this my hair's way of telling me my locs are too big?
- How can you tell between budding/matting and unravelling?
(C) Here's how a thinner budding loc looks by comparison:
(D) And here's some two headed locs:
You know when you only get to see freshly twisted loc's and you rarely see what they look like in between so you panic every time your own locs look different? Well I'm experiencing that right now.
Thanks in advance.
DREADLOCKS ARE A LIFESTYLE
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