By Terez Howard
I have a love-hate relationship with my curly ends. I have had my Sisterlocks for more than a year. My consultant told me that I could expect my hair to be completely locked within 9 months. I’m at 14 months, and I still am not completely locked. One reason I locked my hair because I wanted to have the freedom of washing and going, no detangling necessary. I haven’t reached that point yet because I have to braid and band to my hair to protect my open ends. No, it’s not that time-consuming. I just didn’t expect to be at this point this far along into my journey.
On the other hand, I love my curly ends because it gives my hair character. People have thought that my hair is braided or twisted sometimes, and other times, they think it isn’t. I like that my hair appears so different that people can’t pinpoint what’s going on. I think I have my curly ends, in part, to thank for that.
Not everyone’s locs actually close all the way down to the ends. Some have locs with curly ends within locs full of closed ends. There are things that can be done to encourage locs that won’t lock. The best advice I can give is to leave our natural hair alone after it’s cleaned and new growth is tightened. Over manipulation can stretch your locs so much that your natural doesn’t have a chance to do what you want it to do – lock!
It can take 2 years for natural hair to lock, even if your Sisterlocks consultant has told you otherwise. (I really hope it doesn’t take that long!)
If your curly ends never close, embrace the result. Know that some lockers pick out their ends just to have that loose coily look at the end. If you have been blessed with ends that don’t close, be thankful for the hair texture you have.
How do you feel about curly ends?