Starting Dreadlocks with Comb Coils
Comb coil locks can be started on hair that is coily to kinky. If your hair will form a natural coil you can usually start your locks this way. You are basically using a comb to coax a section of hair to form a curl. This method is great if you have hair that is really short. However, any length of coil hair can be comb coiled.
Until your locks start to actually lock, you will need to be careful washing them. Some people recommend waiting at least four weeks before washing. If you choose to wait that time you can clean your scalp with an astringents like witch hazel or Sea Breeze.
Locks started with coils are usually maintained by twisting or palm rolling.
Once you learn how it is done, you may be able to start your own locks with comb coils.
If you would rather have someone else help you, most natural hair salons can start your hair for you with comb coils. Many offer twisting and palm rolling lock maintenance.
If you get your locks started in a salon it is usually less than $100
Locks formed with this method (and maintained by twisting or palm rolling) usually have uniform length and width.
You final lock will have a uniform look.
You have to be really careful washing your hair at first. If you work out a lot you may want to go for a method that doesn’t come a loose as easily.
If you get hand-in-your-head-itis (always twisting your locks) you can weaken your bases and cause your locks to thin.
It is very tempting to always have your hand in your head.
To keep the roots and bases of your locks looking neat you will need to re-twist them after washing.
How To Start Locks with Comb Coils
You will need:
- A rat tailed comb
- Clips for sectioning hair
- Holding agent
- Start out with clean freshly washed hair.
- Start in the back of your head.
- Section off a piece of hair of hair.
- Put a little gel on the piece of hair.
- Put the end teeth of the comb at the base of the section of hair. Turn the comb clockwise as you slowly pull it to the end of the hair.
- You should have a coil.
- Repeat over entire head.