I was told that I could not loosen my locs.
I was told that keeping natural hair would be too much ‘work’ for me.
I was told that keeping an afro would ruin my life, my image and that the afro hair care would consume all my time and I would have no time for anything else.
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in life is to ignore all the negativity that I just wrote about above and see if there was a way to loosen my locs, and transition slowly to a healthy afro (one that would not consume all my time and thereby destroy my life)
I had no previous knowledge of loosening locs but where there’s a will there’s a way.
I went on the internet, did my research – and then I began my loosening locs beautiful hair journey transition to afro. It has been one of the best and most exhilarating experiences in my life.
Here is how I learnt to loosen my locs:
WHAT TO INVEST IN TO LOOSEN YOUR LOCS
I invested in large pins used for sewing. The stronger type with holes in them.
I also invested in a good conditioner. I slathered conditioner on my locs after watching for the next few months before and after I started the loosening process.
I used the pins to loosen my locs starting from the tips and then working my way up.
HOW SHOULD YOU LOOSEN EACH STRAND?
I was very meticulous and patient with my hair. I loosened each loc strand by strand. This is very time consuming but it gets the job done with minimum damage and breakage to the hair.
CAN YOU LOOSEN YOUR LOCS IF YOUR HAIR IS NOT WET AND CONDITIONED?
At first I did not loosen my locs unless my hair was wet and with conditioner on it – (I had a spray bottle full of water that was mixed with conditioner just for this purpose. Mind you – any good conditioner will do.)
FOR HOW LONG SHOULD YOU APPLY CONDITIONER TO YOUR LOCS?
As long as you like and until your locs are soft. As time went on and the conditioner was working well to soften my locs, my locs began to soften more and I was able to loosen my locs without applying my water and conditioner solution easily and without the fear of hair breakage.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LOOSEN YOUR LOCS?
Due to my busy work schedule it took me a very long time to loosen my locs but it was very worth it. I didn’t always have the time to loosen my locs. There were times I would not be able to find the time to loosen my locs for days or weeks on end. It took me months and months but I was patient and determined. This should not deter you – we are all different people – I am slow with my hair and I do not enjoy doing my hair. If you are fast at doing your hair and if you have more spare time on your hands than I did – you can loosen your locs within a few weeks, or days.
SHOULD YOU ENLIST THE HELP OF YOUR FRIENDS TO LOOSEN YOUR LOCS?
I would not encourage you to enlist the help of your friends to help you with loosening their locs for this one but serious reason – since it’s not their hair they will probably not take the time to loosen each strand meticulously and with minimum damage to your hair. In short – your friends may damage your hair…and you wouldn’t like that.
DO YOU HAVE TO WASH THE LOOSENED LOCS?
If your locs were as long and thick and old as mine – 6 years old at least – you would probably have to wash your hair plenty of times in between loosening the locs. You will have to learn how to wash and care for the parts of your hair that are now fully afro separately from the parts that are still locs.
SHOULD YOU COMB OUT EACH LOC?
Please do no comb your hair out after loosening each loc – I learnt this the hard way – my hair fell off. Just hand pick the strands apart.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO THE STRANDS OF HAIR THAT YOU LOOSEN WHILE WAITING TO UNLOCK THE OTHER LOCS?
Keep your loosened hair in a knot or in a twist but don’t neglect them – pick them out strand for strand every once in a while until you finish loosening your locs completely or else they will start to twist back into locs.
HERE ARE PHOTOS BELOW THAT SHOW SOME OF MY LOC LOOSENING PROCESSES: