By Terez Howard
When I made the decision to get locs, I knew that a micro size was for me. It was an easy choice. More than 1 year later, I have not been disappointed.
I chose micro locs because they give you the freedom to do intricate styling, not to be confused with more styling options. I am not saying that because I have micro locs, I can do more styles than someone with traditional dreadlocks. I am saying that I can do intricate work with the tiny parts.
But you might not have it so easy. Some start with Sharpie sized locs and long for pencil thickness. Other start with micro locs and combine to a traditional size. Know that when you start your journey, you might have to make the decision to change for one reason or another. You might no longer have the funds to pay a Sisterlocks consultant. You might find that your natural hair doesn’t respond well to palm rolling. You might just prefer a different size after you get going. And that’s OK!
Never feel like you have to be stuck with hair you don’t like. Just because you don’t like how your locs turn out, that doesn’t mean that you or your hair are flawed. You just need to adapt. You might even come to the conclusion that locked hair isn’t for you. That’s OK, too. You be you.
However, if locs are your thing, you might want to start out on the right foot.
How to decide your loc size
Personal preference. How do you want your hair to look? What kind of locs do you admire most? I think that your personal preference is the most important aspect of deciding your loc size. While you can take your family and friends’ opinions into consideration, remember that it’s your hair. What you like should be on top. You are the one that will live with your hair.
Understanding your hair texture. Naturals should spend some time with their loose natural hair to understand their natural hair texture. Although it is true that you will not know exactly how your hair will respond to the locking process, you can get an idea if you understand your hair type. A looser curl pattern will take longer to lock than a tighter one. It can take as little as 6 months or as long as 2 years. If you care about how long it takes, then you can choose a loc size that can possibly shorten the duration and lessen possible frustration during the locking process. Knowing what your hair texture is like can help you determine the best size as well as maintenance routine for your hair.
Maintenance. Do you plan on maintaining your own hair, or will you routinely go to a professional loctician? How much time do you want to spend on your hair every 4 to 6 weeks? How far are you willing to drive and sit for a loctician every 4 to 6 weeks? I have personally done both. I went to a consultant 2 1/2 hours away for my first year, and I have been maintaining my micro locs since October. It took my consultant a couple hours to retighten my hair, and it takes me at least 8 hours over the course of several days. I don’t mind, though, because I expected this with micro size locs. Would you want to maintain micro size locs and spend several hours maintaining them or spend several hours getting to a consultant?
Please check out this woman’s SLs. I can’t see a difference between her latching section and the area the consultant maintained. Fewer locs would make latching take much less time than mine. Palm rolling seems to take lockers between 1 and 2 hours. Once again, the size, or number of locs on your head, will give you an idea of how long it will take to tend to new growth.
Styling. How do you plan on styling your hair? Do you want less than 100 locs to work with, more than 400 or somewhere in between? Styling goes hand-in-hand with your personal preference because if you like a certain loc size, then you probably know what you want to do with that size. You might just want them to hang. On the other hand, you might plan on styling them as often as possible. What do you want to do with them?