The starter locs (aka. “baby”) stage of the loc process can last up to six months, depending on your hair type and how fast it grows. My scalp needed cleansing when it was overly itchy. When I was a loose natural, I would shampoo my hair at least once a week. It’s not as comfortable with starter locs without having a process.
As a change for my fortieth birthday, I decided to look into a different hairstyle. Since my hair was growing back from a short natural hairstyle, and I was beginning to install two-strand twists anyway, I figured mini locs would be cool to test out. I didn’t realize how much work can go into the shampoo process.
Section and band starter locs
Believe me when I tell you that I wish I listened to the advice of YouTubers and what I’ve read online when it comes to starter locs. Instead, I became frustrated with the itchy scalp, daily spritz of oils and water, and then the need to remove said oils. You can guess that adding water, even when mixed with oil, started an unraveling effect.
When you add any water and or need to shampoo your starter locs thoroughly, I suggest putting your locs in sections with rubber bands, allow room at the root for you to massage your scalp. While your starter locs are in bands, you can also squeeze the shampoo through your locs to prevent unraveling and slippage.
Schedule your Retwist/Tightening
It is time-consuming to retwist or to tighten mini locs. I can see why some have medium locs or create free-form locs. I can imagine that it is not as time-consuming as twisting mini or sister locs. You can imagine that I did not band my mini locs, and of course, more than a few of them unraveled, making the process longer than it needed to be. Just remember that it is important to not use a moisturizing shampoo because this will assist in loosening your locs instead of, well you know locking.
Can you imagine the timeframe for tightening many mini locs? I should count them, so I have a more defined number for you.
Most naturals who do not use heat to dry their natural hair rely on air drying. However, when it comes to locs, it’s best to use a hooded or hand dryer to thoroughly dry your locs to prevent mildew from growing in between your locs. It is highly important to allow them to dry, and depending on the density of your hair; it may take longer than usual for dry time.