Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Reader Question - From Thin Loc's... to Free Form

Question from Christy, Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog Reader:

"I've had my locs for 7 years and 8 months. They are the size of a pencil or smaller, and although they don't feel heavy, some of them have thinned at the roots. I presume it is from over twisting (in the past three years or so I've moved to twisting every 5 to 6 weeks which still seems to be a stress on my locs) when it is dry, or the small size of them in the first place. At any rate, to solve this I'm thinking of moving to free forming" in the hopes of slowing down the thinning of my hair, by not constantly re-twisting my roots. "I thought about cutting them but at this point, but I am not ready to let go of my length. If free forming doesn't help to strengthen and thicken my roots then I'll think about cutting them, to see if that helps with thinning. Also, I don't know if  I'll totally committ to free form for the duration of my loc journey. That being said, for those of you who free form,  are there any tips/advice/stories/products you use? Anything you can share with me, to help me start my free forming journey."  Please email "any comments, suggestions, advice to"  - Christy


  1. I am sooooooo afraid of this happening to me! I don't want my locs to thin at the root, that is my biggest nightmare. I am thinking about freeforming off and on. Great post!

  2. Since I do have thin hair, I don't do anything (anymore) to my roots to keep them and my locs from thinning. I started my locs by interlocking them, retightening them every 5 weeks or so when I first began them. Since July of last year, I haven't touched my roots becuase I would like my hair to get stronger, and it has :-)

  3. Check out my blog:

    The biggest thing that you have to do when freeforming is to leave your hair alone. Embrace the thickness and the nappy roots. Don't overdo it with products, less is more. The longer you freeform, the more you'll enjoy it: no twisting, no needing to dedicate so much time to making it look "neat," wash it as often as you'd like. Another nice thing about freeforming, is that you don't HAVE to stick with it for your entire journey. It's definitely worth trying at least once in your locking journey, go for it, and if you have any questions message me on my blog. :)

  4. Free forming is a wonderful way to allow your loc's to thicken up all on their own without further manipulation.Be mindful to separate them gently and use products that compliment your hairs texture. You can check out my blog and and youtube has others who freeform. there are herbs and oils that will help you along the journey you might like to try Jamaican black Castor oil, I use the lavender scented because for me the smell of lavender is much most pleasant then the original.
    Peace&much luv


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