Inside: Discover how to start braidlocs – starter locs done with braids, plus advice on what to do before you begin and after you’re finished.
Starting braidlocs isn’t hard to do at all, provided you know how to braid/plait, or know someone else who can do it for you.
I successfully started my own braidlocs (or as I like to call ’em, Bradelocz), and so have many others.
Today, I’m going to share how you can easily start your very own set of beautiful locs, starting with basic braids and be on your way to a journey of freedom with braidlocs!
Before Deciding to Get Braidlocs
Prior to starting your braidlocs, you should consider:
- Are you going to D.I.Y. (do it yourself) or have someone else either assist you or do it for you, period?
- Will braids hold up in your hair texture or the current length of your hair?
- How do you intend to care for them? Are you going to palmroll the roots every week or two and if so, what products are you going to use that won’t cause build up or excess lint accumulation? Or…
- Are you going to freeform where you do nothing outside of washing and separating the locs that try to join together? Or…
- Are you going to use an interlocking technique where you actually put the new growth into a “holding pattern” of sorts and if so, will you use a tool such as a latch hook or just your own fingers?
Be sure to take the aforementioned into consideration as you’re determining whether or not you truly want braidlocs. If you’ve decided, “yes”, then continue reading.
How to Install Braidlocs
Once you’ve done your due diligence and settled on starting your locs with braids, you can follow these steps to get well on your way to your new head of braidlocs!
TIP: Allot yourself a good 2-3 days, longer depending on how slow you braid, to get this done.
1. Shampoo your hair
The first thing you’ll need in order to start braidlocs is to start with a clean head of hair! I don’t recommend using conditioner, but if you need it to help with detangling, you can apply a small amount or use a leave-in.
2. Decide what size you want your braidlocs to be
There is actually a sizing chart inside of the Bradelocz eBook Guide that will show you precisely how to properly section your hair in order to get up to four loc size variations – you just decide what size you want your locs to ultimately be (when they’re mature), then follow the chart to get that size!
Once you’ve determined the right size for you, then…
3. Section your hair
Start sectioning from forehead to nape and from ear-to-ear and begin making the rows and then the sections for your braidlocs. Then, begin braiding!
TIP: Start in the front and work your way back so that you get the most visible area done first, before you start getting tired. Doing so also helps if you need to pull it back for that quick store or fast food run! lol
4. Finishing up
Once your entire head of hair is completely braided up, you can mist your new braidlocs lightly with a spray bottle of water, natural oil (jojoba, grape seed, olive, etc) and your favorite essential oil(s).
Rest your arms & fingers, then take a picture and celebrate a job well-done AND the fact that you have now began your journey to a beautiful head of braidlocs!
Once again, this article contains the basics of how to start braidlocs. But at some point, you’re going to start having questions such as:
“NOW what do I do??”
“When is it okay to wash my hair?”
“How soon should I use conditioner?”
“Are my sections okay? Are they too big or too small for the size locs I want?”
“How often should I wash them?”
“How do I handle all this fuzziness?
“Can I style them yet?”
“How often should I retighten them?”
“How DO I retighten my roots?”
“What should I put on them or NOT put on them?”
… and THAT’S where the Bradelocz eBook Guide can help by giving you MORE detailed instructions on starting and/or caring for your braidlocs such as:
*stages they’re going to go through & how to deal with those stages
*how to maintain them
*pitfalls to avoid
*how to correct mistakes
*ways to style
*and a whole lot more
So if you find yourself scratching your head and asking the aforementioned questions, then grab a (digital) copy of what has been touted by many others as a “highly-comprehensive guide to starting locs from braids“, today!