Once I combined my locs this past January, I have been much happier with my hair. In general, they dance together less often, which means I do not have to pop or separate my locs as much. On top of that, my hair is the size and thickness that I envisioned for my locs.
In my latest video, I share how I combine my locs by interlocking and show one of my latest twist outs. More than anything, embracing how you want your hair to look and what method of maintaining your roots is best for you is most important. Don't worry about what others are doing with their hair. Yes, it's great to be inspired by other loc wearers and it's good to have an idea of how you want your locs to look. However, it's not great to be so infatuated with someone else's hair or their journey until you are unable to appreciate your own journey and your own locs.
For me, embracing my loc journey meant freeforming and combining my locs over time until they were the size I wanted. Hindsight 20-20, I certainly would have started my locs this size, with a particular set of two strand twists that I installed right before my loc journey began. What brings me comfort and peace is knowing that starting with a larger size would have changed my journey completely. My locs have grown and changed with me, in size and in length. Looking forward, I'm just as excited now about my loc journey as I was two years and 11 months ago.
About two months ago, I retwisted my locs. Other than combining my locs, I do not manipulate my new growth at all. I shampoo my scalp weekly, condition my locs weekly, and shampoo my hair shaft/locs monthly.
I was curious to see how uniform in size my locs are after combining them again this January. I'm happy to say, retwisting went great. The video below shares my results.
This was certainly a "pretend retwist" because I washed my hair about five days after twisting them! I wanted to keep it in longer but an eczema flare up prevented me from doing so. But more than that, I just missed my full roots!