Twist locs are a type of loc’d hairstyle created by twisting sections of natural kinky or curly hair tightly from the roots. This twisting technique encourages the hair strands to coil and mesh together into individual, defined locs that lock over time. Twist locs are a popular way to achieve a natural, low-maintenance loc’d hairstyle.
- Twist locs are a popular natural hair style for black men and women.
- They are created by twisting sections of lock hair tightly from the root. This encourages the hair to lock into individual strands.
- Maintaining twist locs requires regular washing, moisturizing, and separating to prevent them from matting together.
- Pros of twist locs are they can give length, don’t require much maintenance, and are versatile to style. Cons are they can be heavy and take a long time to lock completely.
Twist locs have become one of the most popular natural hairstyles for black men and women in recent years. This trendy locs style is created by twisting sections of kinky or curly hair tightly from the root. The twisting encourages the strands to mesh and coil together into individual loc’d strands.
How Are Twist Locs Done?
There are a few different methods used by locticians to start twist locs in a client’s natural hair:
- Two strand twists – This is done by dividing hair into square sections and twisting two strands repeatedly to the ends.
- Comb coils – Hair is sectioned and combed smoothly, then twisted from root to tip around the tail of a rat tail comb.
- Interlocking – Each section of hair is interlocked by pulling a new strand of hair through the previous loop.
- Palm rolling – Strands are rolled tightly between the palms to encourage them to mesh together.
No matter the technique, the tight twisting motion forms the natural hair into strands that will coil up on themselves. Over time this encourages loc formation as the hair bonds together.
Maintenance Tips for Twist Locs
Caring for twist locs properly is key to helping them mature and last. Here are some top maintenance tips:
- Wash regularly – Use a moisturizing shampoo 1-2 times per week to avoid buildup.
- Deep condition – Conditioner helps keep twist locs conditioned and prevent breakage.
- Dry thoroughly – Air or towel dry twist locs fully after washing to prevent mildew.
- Moisturize often – Use a water-based spray and oil to keep twist locs from drying out.
- Separate – Gently pull apart any locs that are matting together to avoid congos.
- Style carefully – Avoid too tight ponytails or braids which can cause stress on twist locs.
With proper care, your twist locs will mature into healthy individual loc’d strands over 4-6 months.
The Pros and Cons of Twist Locs
There are many advantages to starting twist locs for natural hair:
- Give instant length and hang time
- Require less regular maintenance than starter locs
- Versatile to wear down or styled up
- Create uniform, cylindrical shaped locs
- Lock faster than freeform or coil locs
- Can be heavy due to dense twisting pattern
- Putting hair under stress can cause breakage
- Take longer to lock completely than sisterlocs
- Require more styling than simple locs
- Don’t encourage any curl pattern in the locs
Overall twist locs are a great option for both men and women who want a stylish, low maintenance loc’d look. The key is taking the right steps during installation and maintaining them properly.
Different Styles You Can Do With Twist Locs
Once your twist locs have set and matured, there are many cute styles you can rock:
- Simple down style – Wear them hanging loose for an easy natural look.
- Half up, half down – Pull back the front top section for a simple updo.
- High bun or puff – For a more sleek style, sweep all your locs up high.
- Flat twists – Section off your locs and flat twist them back into a chic updo.
- Space buns – Make two buns at the top of your head with loose locs cascading down.
- Top knot – Tie your locs into a messy knot on top of your head.
- Loc accessories – Add gold beads or cuffs to your locs ends for some flair.
Twist locs give you versatility to wear them styled up or cascading down beautifully. Have fun experimenting with different looks!
Caring for Your Twist Locs Long Term
To help your twist locs thrive in the long run:
- Get regular trims – Schedule maintenance appointments every 8-10 weeks to trim straggly ends. This helps them grow healthy.
- Deep clean periodically – Use a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar soak to remove buildup.
- Protect your ends – Tuck your ends into an updo or sleep on a satin pillowcase to prevent friction damage.
- Avoid over manipulation – Too much twisting, braiding or tight styling can weaken your locs at the roots.
- Palm roll periodically – Rolling your locs between your palms helps maintain their cylindrical shape.
- Consider interlocking – As your hair grows out, interlocking can help reinforce your locs strands.
Following these tips will allow your twist locs to flourish for years to come! Rocking this style shows your beautiful natural texture.