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now, my problem:
I have read that this is a problem with small locs, but no suggestions for how to deal with it.
Some of my locs are really thin, and develop little balls or bulbs on the end. I try to treat them gently to discourage breaking, but if that little ball comes off, i frequently end up with a loc that's tight on top and in the middle but loose on the bottom. By the time I get it together again, it seems that the same problem develops. I also worry that when I lose those balls, then I'm losing the dropped hair that will give me the length I want. Does anyone else have this problem, is it a bad thing, and am I doing something to cause it? I think maybe I'm twisting them too tightly, Should i backcomb these sections to give them a little more volume, or try mating those locs with others to thicken them up?
hah, don't ask how many i have, I have never counted them, but reading other people's entries has made me want to.
Here are my methods:
I maintain my hair with two tools: a spritzer bottle full of water and a little beeswax. I know many people hate on the wax, but I strongly feel that it depends on a) what kind of hair you have, and b) how much/little wax you choose to use. My hair is *very frizzy* naturally, but not really kinky, so it locks pretty easily, but looks very fuzzy.
So essentially, I spritz the area I'm going to work on, and then twist (with my fingers, not palm rolling) the loc. I think maybe this is treating them too roughly, but they are really too small and short to palmroll! When I'm done twisting, i take a little wax and put it at the root, and smooth down the loc towards the bottom. For the first 4 months I used no wax, just water, but when I was looking for work/interviewing/and now actually working (since I am still new here and trying not to make waves) I started using the wax to calm the frizz, since I think it draws less attention to the fact that I am wearing locs. So unless you have a suggestion for a frizz quick fix, or you are convinced that the wax is the cause of the one thing i consider a problem, please don't comment saying I shouldn't use the wax. Yeah, I said "quick fix," bad me. I'll def. cut back on using it once I've had this job for a few more weeks.
Oh, and I do maintenance on my locs about once a week.
Ok, sorry if this was long winded I just wanted to provide all the information necessary to get the best advice. Thanks!!