There's a trend of silly questions I keep hearing asked. Not that any question is bad, but it seems like people have the impression that there is some secret to growing locks.
Sorry to break the news, but there is no top secret method that us people with locks have and are keeping from new comers.
I don't want to go into all of them, but for starters:
1: You locks will round themselves out. Don't worry. As you sleep on them they get squished each and every way. They won't grow flat unless that particular lock wants to.
2: They will shrink. Some shrink as much as 1/2 the length of your original length. This means that they really are starting to lock. They wouldn't shrink if they weren't getting tangled back in on themselves. Just be careful to separate when needed.
3: There is no "best" shampoo to use. Any residue free one will work. Some better for some peoples hair. Others for others. Only thing to know is when you first start out, use a liquid. It's the most gentle on your hair. A bar is perfect for when they are mature enough that rubbing and being a little bit more forceful wont take them apart
4: Don't be afraid to sleep on them. That's when a lot of the locking process happens. You are unconsciously moving around and letting them go free to rub against each other and tangle. There's no need to wear a tam when you sleep. It'll probably just fall off in the middle of the night anyway. There's no special pillow or pillow case you "need" to use.
Locks have been around for thousands of years. Locks are rugged. They are natural. They don't need to be babied. They existed long before any of the modern comforts we have today
I could keep going but really, the important thing to know, and we should all know it, is that if you just stop all the maintenance that has been drilled into our heads since birth, your hair will lock up. It's that simple. There's no top secret method people use to get gorgeous looking locks. In time they will all end up just as nice
Feel free to add any more simple techniques you can think of that people have wrong impressions about how to grow beautiful locks
updated by @baba-fats: 02/14/15 08:05:02AM