Ok. Here’s a post for those who are on the fence about getting locs, but want to do a test drive. How? Try genie locs!
Genie locs, or yarn braids as they are also called, are a protective alternative for those with natural or even relaxed hair. In this process, sections of hair are parted and wrapped with yarn—yes the same knitting or crocheting yarn you would use for a sweater. However, use only acrylic yarn and avoid wool or cotton, as cotton is drying and wool causes breakage.
Doing genie locs yourself is a long process, but it can be done. Here’s how via ehow.com:
- First, for softer yarn, dip the yarn in boiling water beforehand. Lay on a towel to remove excess moisture or to dry.
- Part hair into ½-inch sections.
- Measure the length of genie locs you want. The length selected will either increase or decrease the time it takes to complete the process.
- Double the length determined, and cut yarn with scissors. Each piece should be double the final hair length.
- Cut several pieces of yarn to the same length.
- Moisturize the section of hair with a light oil: olive, sweet almond, or jojoba are good selections.
- Divide the cut pieces of yarn by three. Grasp by the middle to form a loop. Pull the section of hair through the loop and position at the base of the scalp. You will want the center of the loop towards the scalp with the loose ends hanging downward from behind the section of hair.
- With the yarn positioned at the scalp, start braiding the yarn around the section of hair. To do this, bring one side of yarn around to the other. Repeat by bringing the opposite side towards the right. Continue braiding until you reach the ends.
- To secure the ends, either secure with a small rubberband. Continue until all sections are completed.
- You can introduce color if you like, but black and deep browns give you a naturally loc’d look.
This is a great protective style. Adding oil beforehand to your hair will go a long way in retaining moisture. Keep it moisturized by spritzing with an oil/water mix each day. You can shampoo as you would regular locs. Removing them is simple. Either remove the rubberbands at the ends and unravel as you work your way to the top and remove.
Voila! You can have any length you’d like, and the styling possibilities are endless. There you have it—a way to try out locs for the curious and those ready to make that loctician appointment but want one more reassuring nudge. Once you try them out, you might consider locs.
‘Till next time,
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