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Quick Tips Before You Lock Your Natural Hair

By January 7, 2013hair + beauty

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Thanks to innovations in techniques, locks have become a versatile styling option for people of all ages, genders, and different walks of life. Unlike most styles, growing locks requires lots of patience. For most women, however, the decision to start locks isn’t an easy one. Celebrity stylist Veronic Sirca, the force behind Lauryn Hill’s gorgeous mane, explains, “A woman must be strong and confident enough to accept her natural texture for what it is.” Once you do decide to embrace locks, don’t second-guess yourself – enjoy them! Remember, nothing has to be permanent with hair and you can always select another style down the line if this one doesn’t suit you. Still, give locks a chance – you may surprise yourself and others with the bold new do!

Before taking the plunge, make sure you do your homework and know what you are getting yourself into. Here are a few things to consider before you make this commitment: How physically active are you? Do you plan to maintain your locks at home or with the help of a locktician? How much time and money are you willing to spend on caring for your hair? What look are you trying to achieve?

Sirca also discourages anyone from getting locks that has not experienced what it’s like to wear their natural hair loose. “Many people who transition from a relaxer straight into locks often feel like they skipped a step,” she says. For this reason, Sirca recommends experimenting with different natural styles for at least a year before committing to locks — to give yourself the chance to fully enjoy (and become accustomed to) your natural tresses.

Another great idea is trying faux locs

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Faux locks are a great way to play around with the style before fully committing to it! With faux locks, you get the look and feel of locks without the full commitment! Check out our article on faux locks here

Something else to keep in mind before selecting this particular style is that your locks will never look absolutely perfect. This is what makes this style so beautiful and unique. Each lock may vary in shape and size. Some hairs may stick out while others stay neatly in place. Your roots may be loose, while your ends are tightly compacted together. All of these characteristics make locks such an amazing and liberating hairstyle. Again, dealing with these imperfections is just one aspect of having locks. If imperfection isn’t something your personality can tolerate, perhaps you should reconsider your decision to grow them in the first place.

You can read more about the locking process and all that it entails in the book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair available for purchase online at Amazon.com from TgiNesis Booksellers.

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