Some people have the impression that locs do not require maintenance but that couldn't be further from the truth. When locs are not maintained on a regular basis they tend to become thin, flat, and join together (as shown above). The aforementioned client was inspired by Jaden Smith's Freeform loc journey. He had his locs started with a stylist but decided to grow his locs naturally without manipulation for the past 2 years. Over time his locs began to thin out so he wore them in a ponytail to hold them in place. When some of his locs broke off he saved them in anticipation of getting repairs. On the date of his appointment we did a consultation to assess the damage. I could see that although his locs were hanging by a few strands, his roots were healthy and strong, so his locs could be salvaged. We cut the locs, gave him a shampoo and conditioning treatment, detangled his afro, then dried his hair and the locs. We then reattached his locs making sure to keep a consistent loc to part ratio given the size of his natural locs. I wanted to maintain his original vision of Freeform locs without the damage. The end result was undetectable!
To prevent breakage with Freeform locs I recommend the following:
1- Moisturize your locs at least 3 times per week with rose water or any other lightweight spray that has minimal ingredients.
2- Seal in the moisture with a carrier oil such as grapeseed, avocado, olive, or castor oil.
3- Avoid frequent use of rubberbands, tight ponytails, headbands, durags, and fitted caps. They may lead to thinning, soft spots, and breakage over time.
4- Protect your hair while sleeping with a satin lined loc sock, bonnet, or pillowcase.
5- See a loctician at least 3 times a year to make sure your locs are healthy and strong. This would also be a great time to address any concerns about your Freeform locs, and get repairs if needed.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions email us at Mukisalocs@gmail.com . Thank you and have a great day!