The health of your hair is the most important part of your 'Loc Journey". Getting caught up in trends, styles, products, etc., we tend to neglect the actual health of our hair. Your hair is an extension of you. Your locs becomes part of you as it tells a story. Your hair tells a story about your health. If your healthy or unhealthy it will show in your hair. Healthy hair starts from on the inside, therefore the loc journey should be a holistic one.
LOCS DO NOT HAVE AN 'UGLY PHASE'. In fact there is absolutely nothing ugly about the loc lifestyle or culture. Most people that are now starting their locs or those that have had locs for some time, becomes obsessed with their locs being "neat and perfect" because they think it's ugly if allot of new growth is showing. This obsession leads to thinning, hair loss or damaged scalp. Locs is about freedom, free of conforming to society's standard of beauty. EMBRACE YOUR NEW GROWTH, meaning, embrace your hair as it locs and takes on a personality of its own and also embrace the new way you view locs. THERE'S NOTHING UGLY ABOUT LOCS. The Loc lifestyle is a beautiful one.
Starting locs is pretty simple. You just STOP COMBING YOUR HAIR. Yes it's that simple, however it's entirely up you if you want 'freeform' or 'cultivated' locs. It's important to understand that your loc journey is your own and no two people have identical locs, also no two locs on your head IS the same. Consider locs like a fingerprint or your own DNA. The uniqueness of your locs is what sets you apart from everyone else and all you have to do is embrace this uniquness and ENJOY YOUR LOC JOURNEY.
Traditionally, it was believed that in order to create locks, an individual had to refrain from brushing, combing or cutting. This method created locks that varied greatly in size, width, shape, length, and texture. The method has come to be known as the "neglect" method. Other names for this method include "Organic" or "Patience" methods. Similarly, "Free form" locks are created by allowing the hair to knit together naturally into locks of varying sizes. However, free form locks are patterned to a degree, as the hair is pried (not parted, just pulled apart in "chunks") into fairly determined sections after washing, as opposed to organic dreadlocks that tend to bifurcate and coalesce haphazard.