I just decided to loc my hair three days ago, or better yet my hair decided to start loc-ing itself and I allowed it to. Now, I am encouraging it by doing a LITTLE bit of twist and rip, but JUST a little! I do not want a lot of parts or a grid pattern, I do not want them to all be uniform. I want them free-form and as natural as possible.
I do have a few questions:
1. I have very dry hair. Can I use coconut oil or hair grease while the locs are developing, or do I need to just let it stay dry and frizzy?? I do not want to impede the loc-ing process. My hair is pretty curly and thick, and I have a whole lot of it.
2. I have an event to go to in a few days and I want to wear my hair down rather than pulled back. Normally I use gel specifically made to maintain curls. Will it be ok if I use this to style my hair if I make sure to wash it out the very next day??
3. I am an Italian female, and i am a racial justice advocate. I have only one of two caucasian friends, and the Black people I am friends with all say "locs" and that "dreads" is offensive. I agree. That is why I use "locs" instead of dreads. I am curious as to why most caucasian people with locs refer to them as dreads, and even call the process dreading instead of loc-ing??? It sounds kind of funny to say I am "dreading" my hair.
updated by @jujube-joanna: 01/13/15 09:52:39PM