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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 relaxing.

  • 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 loctician:

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 successful dreadlocks.

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.

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