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The Four Stages of Hairlocking

Want to know the journey your locs are in for?  Well here is a simple diagram of what to expect along the way.  Remember, everyone's locs are different and beautiful in there own special way.

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1. PRE-LOCK STAGE

The hair is in thin, tightly coiled spirals. Its appearance is along the lines of either ringlets or Shirley Temple curls. This is the infancy stage (baby locks).

2. BUDDING STAGE

During this stage a small bud (like a pea in a pod) begins to emerge about three quarters down the lock. The matted, interlocking imprint begins at the bud and then expands like a bubble because it is beginning to loosely mat. It is an enlarged microcosm of a lock. At this stage the lock is no longer tight and thin. It is rebellious, has a mind of its own and is discovering its own way (teen locks). It acts like a teenager in a sense.

3. SHOOTING STAGE

After the budding phase, the entire lock begins the process of interlocking and matting. The direction is downward from the bud to the end of the hair and back upwards toward the scalp (similar to how plants develop). The hair closest to the scalp is not locked; this is where you have new growth. During this stage, the hair increases in density because it begins to replicate itself like DNA. Your hair remains in this stage for the longest period of time (adult locks).

4. CONTRACTING PHASE

This is the final stage in which the hair becomes mature adult locks: an airtight interlocked, spiraling, network system. The locks become consistent, tight and fairly solid at this point. It will probably be fairly long in length at this point, as the hair will grow extraordinarily once the spiral form has been established. (elder locks).