LCO method

LCO method

A variant method the LOC method for moisturizing brushable hair after washing. The name of the method is an acronym for “Liquid-Cream-Oil.” A water-based moisturizer is applied to the hair first, then a heavy cream is applied over it. Lastly, a sealant oil is applied over the cream. This method is not suitable for locked hair because the cream layer can cause buildup.

LOC method

A method of moisturizing brushable hair after washing. The name of the method is an acronym for “Liquid-Oil-Cream.” A water-based moisturizer is applied to the hair first, then a sealant oil is applied over it. Lastly, a heavy cream is applied over the oil. This method is not suitable for locked hair because the cream layer can cause buildup.

If a nonblack person has locks, is it cultural appropriation?

Inherently, no. Locked hair has appeared independently across millennia on every inhabited continent. Natural, biological processes like this cannot be appropriated — even dogs, horses, and alpacas can have locked hair. However, be aware that locked hair can sometimes be used as a tool of appropriation. It ultimately depends on the wearer’s intent.

What hair types can become successful locks?

All hair can be successfully locked, whether it be thin, thick, straight, wavy, curly, kinky, fine, coarse, oily, dry, or chemically processed. There are different starting and maintenance methods that work best for each unique hair type, but it is never impossible.

What is my hair type and what does it mean?

In Andre Walker’s hair typology, each “hair type” has two components: curl type and strand thickness. Curl type is designated with a number, and strand thickness is designated with a letter. The curl type can be any number 1-4. Here is what they are: Straight Wavy Curly Kinky, Zig-zag (“Afro-textured”) Brambleroots typically gives information based on the broad categories of the curl types listed above. But in case you’re curious, the hair texture letters are as follows: Fine (thin) Medium Coarse […]

Who should start my locks?

For most folks, it is not necessary to mechanically start locks. Most hair types can be freeformed (“neglected”) to create locks, simply by discontinuing the use of brushes and continuing to wash one’s hair. However, not all people prefer the freeform route and want to have more control over the locking process. In these cases, it does not matter who starts your locks. You should go with your personal preference, while also weighing other pragmatic considerations. A professional may be […]

How long does my hair need to be before I start my locks?

When starting locks at home, it is best for looser curl patterns to be at least six inches in length. However, tightly coiled and kinky hair types may be started at shorter lengths. This length helps keep the lock from unraveling, because short hair is very difficult to tangle. Many professionals have enough skill to start locks on hair at much shorter lengths. If a professional is starting your locks, then ask what lengths they are comfortable starting with.

How can I remove my locks when I don’t want them anymore? Do I have to shave my head?

Contrary to popular belief, shaving your head is not at all necessary to remove your locks. However, brushing them out may be less preferable than shearing them off. Here is a video about how to brush locks out. All you need to remove your locks is a comb, but sometimes the comb itself can be a little fiddly, so there are other household items you can use to help streamline the process.

How much shorter will my hair be after I start locks?

The amount of length immediately lost when starting locks is dependent on your hair type and the methods used to start locks. Comb coils, two-strand twisting, and braidlocking often makes tightly coiled and kinky hair types appear longer. This is because these methods stretch out the natural curl pattern and can make each individual hair seem longer. Backcombing tends to make baby locks look the shortest, but the tight setup may loosen a bit over time to give a bit of […]

Can I start locks with layered hair?

Locks can certainly be started with layered hair. However, be aware that layered hair creates layered locks. Many people prefer the look of layered locks, but if for any reason, this is not your preference, you can cut your hair to a uniform length beforehand or trim your locks to a uniform length after they have matured.