By Terez Howard
I have to admit that I’ve never had a problem with frizzy Sisterlocks. While mature locked heads touted the idea that every set of locs goes through the inevitable frizzy stage, the possibility for that stage came and went in my case. I had prepared myself to experience a temporary love-hate relationship with my new locs when they got unbelievably frizzy. I knew what I was going to do if I couldn’t stand the sight of them for a couple months. But I never saw one frizzy loc on my head.
I was actually worried that the absence of frizz meant my hair wasn’t locking properly. A Sisterlocks trainee mentioned that my natural curl pattern was the reason I didn’t experience the frizzy stage. She reassured me that I was settling in and well on my way to having mature Sisterlocks.
For those of you that are fighting with frizzy locs, this post is for you. The following are the things I would want to know if I were going through the frizzy stage or preparing for it.
Why does locked natural hair go through a frizzy stage?
During the teenage locking stage, your natural hair will actually start to loc, intertwining into a meshed network of hair, spinning down to the loc’s tip. Shampooing locs during this stage does not loosen them, even though they feel loose, soft and flexible. It is during this stage that locs expand and start looking like frizzy, fuzzy masses. They might not actually resemble locs at all.
Know that this stage is temporary… for some! After locs head on to maturity, they will compress, tighten and get a hard feeling. They won’t be hard like rocks. (The idea of hard hair always sickened me). So to clarify, locs will be tightly interwoven and cylindrical.
On the other hand, some lockers will have permanently frizzy, fuzzy locs. This has to do with hair texture, density, curl pattern and the like. It’s natural hair. Your natural hair is going to do what feels natural to it. And for some, frizzy locs are natural.
How can I deal with frizzy locs?
Most people will tell you that frizzy locs are just a part of growing locs and to deal with it. Well, that’s true, but that doesn’t necessarily help you with your problem. Besides embracing what your natural hair wants to do, there are things that can help carry you through the frizzy stage.
Curly Hair Styles: Do curly styling to mask frizzy locs. Do braid-outs, twist-outs and Bantu knot-outs to compress the frizz down and make your hair curly. The longer you keep your hair in braids, twists or knots, the tighter the curl and the less frizz you will see.
Head Wraps: Many lockers fall in love with head wraps, scarves and hats during the frizzy stage. These dreadlock accessories can especially be stylish when your locs are too short to get into curly styles. Rather than being stuck with the frizz, you can grab a stylish scarf and wrap up.
Latch Hook: You can use a latch hook to pull fuzzy, loose hairs into your frizzy locs. A Youtuber shows how to do this. I am only worried that this might give you bumpy locs if you use the latch hook too frequently to pull in the fuzzies.
Pruning/Grooming: This is cutting away the loose hairs around your locs. You basically cut or trim away the frizz. Don’t reach for the scissors yet! You should make sure that your natural hair has fully locked and permanently frizzy. Otherwise, you might prune away so much of your locs that they weaken and break by the time the locking process is complete.