Well there’s generally two ways to groom your locs. But here’s the thing: the internet will make it appear that there’s 72 ways (lol being sarcastic) to groom your hair because well….it’s the internet. So keep in mind to understand that one thing could be called several different things or given different titles. When someone calls in and ask if I do “such and such” I always ask to see a photo. A photo is worth everything to me.
Interlocking can be thought of as “intertwining” or croqueting the new growth so that all the look hair that supports that loc stays with that loc. The interlocking method last until you grow more new growth. Typically after or by 3 months, that person may look to interlocking again because of the accessive new growth. The technique involves taking the end of the loc and pulling it through the new growth in several different ways. You want to AVOID going in and out of the same hole. If you’re looking for a stylist/loctician to assist you with this (and I do recommend getting help) then please be sure to see his or her work. Some do not understand that this technique is critical that it be done correctly to avoid thinning hair later. Interlocking done incorrectly has holes within each loc.
#2 Twisting/Palm Rolling
Okay so here’s the thing: Palm rollling and twisting are the same thing. The reason someone may tell you otherwise is because they will say that twisting is when you are “over twisting” the hair and that Palm rolling is better. Well, as a loctician that has analyzed the big picture: the outcome should be the same.
There is such a thing as “over twisting.” It’s when you twirl the loc until it starts to curl up at the root. Some over the internet are saying this is a great way to bypass using clips. From personal experience with my own locs (1999-2006) and from servicing clients with locs for several years, this could cause breakage at the root of the loc.
This technique involves the loc to be slightly twisted as the fingers are moving from the root of the loc towards the end of the loc. Then a hair clip is used towards the middle of the loc to “set” the newly twisted new growth. After all the locs are “groomed” the person sits underneath a hood dryer for at least 45 minutes. After all locs are dry, each clip is taken off and it is finished.