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Using a Loctician to Grow Dreadlocks
A loctician is a hairstylist who specializes in dreadlocks: (dread)lock
(beaut)ician. Locticians work out of their homes, provide home
visits, or work in a hair salon.
Currently no licensing or certification exists for locticians. The
only method that requires certification is Sisterlocks. Make sure
the person chosen has some type of training or experience.
Here are some reasons for recruiting the help of a loctician:
Skip the beginning "ugly" stage. The ugly stage happens when the
natural route is chosen letting your hair do whatever it wants to
do. For about six months your hair may look like you just don't give
a damn. A loctician eliminate this stage by creating dreadlocks
through twisting or backcombing. Your "man-made" dreadlocks will
look more presentable until the hair starts locking naturally.
Only want dreadlocks for a day, week, or month. As stated above, a
loctician can twist you hair into a dreadlock style. Do not confuse
this with actually dreadlocks – a twist is simply stands of hair
forced to stick together through the use of beeswax or a similar
substance. You can change hairstyle by shampooing the beeswax out of
your hair and un-twisting the dreadlocks.
Need scalp treatment. Sometimes it's great to have a loctician
shampoo and oil your hair or dreadlocks. It's meditative and
Remove damages caused by chemicals. You may have used chemicals in
the past and need help getting your hair back to a natural state. A
loctician should be able to help you accomplish this goal.
Need style advice. You want to see the many different styles and
ways people are wearing dreadlocks.
Please understand a loctician is not needed to grow dreadlocks,
their role is to help the process and make sure you get what you
want from your experience of growing dreadlocks.
A loctician will twist your hair into dreadlocks using some type of
beeswax, thick grease, or oil. They use different names or
techniques in describing their particular style including: palm
rolls, 2-stand method, or Sista Locs. If the loctician does a good
job, your hair will eventually lock at the root and continue to grow
on its own.
It could take up to six months after the initial visit before the
twists mature into dreadlocks. Again, depending on the texture of
your hair, you may need to visit your loctician two to four times a
month. At a cost anywhere between thirty-five and seventy-five
dollars per appointment, it could become quite expensive.
Finding a good loctician takes a little effort. Look through the
yellow pages, advertisement in community newspapers, the Internet,
and good old word of mouth. Once you've located at least three to
five, give them a call to set up a "FREE " consultation.
Here are a few things to consider when you speak or visit a
Make sure you have an idea on how you expect your dreadlocks to look
– thin dreadlocks or big "Congo" dreadlocks?
Ask to speak with one of their customers whom they have helped grow
After starting the process, will she or he give you good advice on
continuing the process?
Do they use artificial or natural products to create dreadlocks?
Many salons create their own products. Make sure products have been
tested and will work with your hair.
Can you get in touch with your loctician after hours if you have any
questions, problems, or concerns?
How often do you need to come back? Some locticians require
bi-monthly appointments for cleansing and re-twisting. Other salons
say to wait a month or more after the first grooming session. Again,
it all depends on the texture of your hair.
Whether or not you choose to use a loctician, the success of the
process depends totally on your hair texture. The process cannot be
hurried or rushed, no matter how skilled the loctician.