The Temporary Locks
This style is like an ‘aftermath’ of the two-strand twist…and I love it!
For those who admire dreadlocks but do not want anything permanent because they still love to rock other hairstyles, this is a great alternative to try!
When your twist gets old or you just get tired of wearing it, loosen it by unwinding (unlock it in the opposite direction in which you locked it). Drop the hair. Be gentle with the unravelling so you don’t damage your hair or destroy the curls. Immediately, you will see curls bounce to life! Some people do not wait for the hair to get old but loosen the twists immediately it gets dried, to achieve curls.
See pictures below:
If what you aim to achieve is curls, you do not need for your hair to get old before you unravel. As seen in the pictures above, you achieve your curls by manipulating your hair to hold in a curly position after applying a curling product. The manipulation can be by using curling rods, flat twists, Bantu knots or two-strand twists. The idea is just to hold the hair in place, while allowing the curling cream to dry out with the hair. You may apply heat (dryer) or allow it to air-dry (which takes longer).
This is shinier and less dreadlock-like; either way is beautiful.
At this point, I will like to note that even though I did say in previous posts that expensive products like Aunt Jackie’s range, which promises to give you curls do not fulfil the promise, it does give the curls after continued use (which I also mentioned in the same paragraph). After many months of application (I had it anyways so I had to use it), I noticed my hair started developing curls. I also discovered I was using the product the wrong way…even though the product says it gives natural curls to your hair, the hair needs styling before the curls pop! Please do not just apply this product and expect your hair to be like Diana Ross’! You will need to “create” the curls.
So, going back to the temporary locks, when you unlock your twists, just drop them and repeat same for the other twists.
Your dreads start to show. To give it the full effect, run your fingers through the base of your hair in a raking motion. If this is difficult, insert a wide tooth comb to the base of your hair and just pull up slightly (like a quarter inch). Do not comb all the way. Just use it to “raise” the base of your hair sort of; this gives your dreads some level of a natural look.
As a matter of fact, this style rocks better as the natural dreadlocks than the permanent dreadlocks style does. I have had many of my friends with permanent dreads comment to this effect.
The downside however is that knots tend to form on your hair if you unravel twists without separating the strands immediately. So, you need to be extra careful here.
This can be done “DIY”, but the best bet is to visit a good natural hair salon. Unravelling flat twists immediately it dries will also create curls.
See pictures below:
To be continued…
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