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Mar 15, 2010

Reader Email Answered

Hi there, Writing Addict!

I really love your handle.  I love writing myself, and when I discovered you on YouTube today (I'm "ladycaruso"), I was so stoked to learn that you were a writer as well.  Your hair is absolutely beautiful, and it's such an inspiration that you started from only 2 inches!  I have braidlocs and I maintain them myself with a twisted paperclip.  I did my big chop about ten years ago, and when I started my locs last April, I had about five to six inches (my hair has SUPER tight coils - aka NAPPY to the MAX, and it stretches/contracts A LOT).

Anyway, I really do have a question for you.  :p  My locs are very small - some are the size of sisterlocks, and some are slightly bigger, with bases around 1 cm.  I notice that some people say if you have small locs, your roots will thin out.  I am wondering if you have any advice.  I know that over-handling is always a no-no, and I try to leave at least 1 cm of growth when I latch, instead of going all the way down to the root.  Do you think this is enough to keep my locs from thinning out at the root?

Thanks in advance!
Hi there Michelle! I am sorry it took me a bit to answer your question.  Now, I am a traditional locer so I am not as knowledgeable about sisterlocs. However, the most important thing to remember when sporting thin locs is to take care not to twist or latch all the way to the root. You need that cushion there, so you loc will not break off; so 1cm of new growth is enough cushion.  Remember to spray your locs and roots lightly with a leave in mix daily. This will keep your roots supple, and elastic; not dry and brittle where it will break off easily.  If you find any locs that seem as if they will break, just combine them okay? Please contact me with any additional questions.

Stay Blessed & Happy Locing!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you! I appreciate the advice. I do have a bad habit of sometimes getting carried away and latching a little too far down, but I am working on getting that under control!

- Michelle