Partial lock care guide

Want just one, two, or a few locks started among your brushable hair, rather than a full head of knots? You’re not alone! General questions about partial placements for locks are among Brambleroots’ most frequently received questions.

Here is a basic care guide for people who are interested in this kind of setup. Click on the tabs below for tips regarding how to wash, dry, separate, maintain, and even remove partial locks. A list of pros and cons regarding partial lock placement is located beneath the care guide.

  • Wash your locks whenever you wash your loose hair. This may be every day; this may be once a week. Your hair does not need to be washed more or less frequently when it is knotted, so just keep the same washing schedule as before.
  • Feel free to use whatever shampoo you use on your loose hair. Though many people choose to switch to a “residue-free” shampoo, locks do not require the use of these special shampoos. However, if you do choose to use a “normal” shampoo, it is critical that you use a clarifying shampoo once a month to avoid buildup.
  • In any case, be sure to rinse your locks very thoroughly. Many cases of shampoo buildup are not caused by the shampoo itself, but rather inadequate rinsing.
  • Condition your loose hair as normal. Try to use a silicone-free conditioner that is rich in fatty alcohols to minimize buildup and increase hydration. It’s okay if some runoff contacts your locks. When your locks become fairly tight, many people choose to lightly condition them as well; do not cake the locks in conditioner, or else this will cause buildup.

  • Whenever your locks get wet, do your best to dry them 100% before you lie down for bed that night. Sleeping with wet locks can make your locks mature in a flat shape. Locks that are left damp can form mildew as quickly as 24-48 hours.
  • If your locks don’t air dry completely before bed, do not hesitate to use a microfiber towel and/or blow dryer to help speed up the process.
  • Separate your locks from your loose hair at least once every day. This is very critical, especially after washing and while your locks are immature. Once your locks mature, they will stick to your loose hair much less, but until then, take the effort to do it daily.
  • When your loose hair is getting “eaten” by a lock, gently take your fingers and manually pull the loose hair out of the lock to get them separated again.
  • Pull apart your locks at the roots so they don’t stick to each other and grow into one mat.
  • Separating does yield a lot of loose hairs between the locks, so consider using needle and thread to weave loose hairs back into the correct lock at least once weekly while the locks are still maturing:

  • Maintain a partial installment of locks with the same methods you would use on a full head. This is all according to your preference; you may choose to crochet hook, palm roll, or do nothing at all.
  • Avoid waxes, gels and pomades.
  • Regular maintenance will decrease the degree to which your locks tangle with your brushable hair.
  • Do not perform crochet hook maintenance more than once a month — twice a month at absolute most. Frequent crochet maintenance can be very destructive to locks.

  • If you no longer desire your locks for any reason, they can be brushed out at any stage. They do not need to be cut.
  • Follow the instructions in this video tutorial by Astrid Rose to learn how to brush them out.


Pros
  • Easy to hide
  • Are a trendy hairstyle
  • Can be used to tie brushable hair back without an elastic
  • Can be decorated
Cons
  • Shrink to become shorter than your unlocked hair
  • Constantly tangle with your unlocked hair
  • Grow slower than your unlocked hair
  • Need to be rinsed longer
  • May require regular maintenance to avoid unwanted tangling, unlike a full head of locks

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