Secrets of the loc stitch


Courtesy Adaru Salon.

Need to tighten up your new growth and there’s no salon appointment in the near future? Here’s another way to groom your locs to their very best. This is best done on wet hair.

  1. Get a latchook (like one used in hair weaving or sold at hobby shops).
  2. On towel-dried hair, take one loc and hold it upwards.
  3. Apply twist and lock gel on the new growth and along the loc shaft.
  4. Separate your part so there are clear partings from the surrounding locs.
  5. Insert the latchook into the loose opening created by the new growth, and latch on to and pull the same loc through the opening.
  6. Repeat steps 2 and 4—but from another direction. Do not go through the same opening twice. This will result in a Y shape and a gap in your locs.
  7. Continue until all new growth is stitched.

Attached is a video that shows the process, courtesy of Dynamic Runner. She uses a North, South, East and West approach. She also wraps the loc around the latchook prior to pulling it through, which also works.

A loc and twist gel to try: Fabulocs Loc Binding Butter. It infuses shine and works with resistant, hard to lock hair. Available through mail order at

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

P.S. Don’t forget to get volumes 1 and 2 of the printed edition by ordering your copy at

3 thoughts on “Secrets of the loc stitch

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s