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Locks 'N Chops Natural Hair Resources


Locks 'N Chops
Natural Hair Care
New York

365 West 34th St. New York, NY 10001  

PHONE: 212.244.2306

How do I keep my locks looking good?

  • Do not add extra gel or heavy sprays; this will cause locks to loosen.
  • Cover locks at night with a silk or rayon scarf.
  • Tie hair with a cotton scarf if your perspire a lot, especially while exercising.
  • Do not wet or wash your hair in between salon visits (3 to 5 weeks).
  • In between salon visits, the scalp should be cleaned and conditioned by using a light astringent (Witch Hazel or Sea Breeze) on a cotton ball. Rub on the scalp in the parts between the locks.
  • Use Locks N Chops Nubian Oil to replenish hair moisture, after cleansing hair and when needed.
  • Use Locks N Chops Therapeutic Oil for problem scalp (itchy & flaky dandruff).

How Do I Lock My Hair? The Five Stages Of Locking

The Five Stages Of Locking

  1. Baby Locks - the beginning stage of Locking.
    • The hair is parted into 1/2 to 3/4 inch sections and combed coiled into individual Locks. Baby Locks have a smooth, shiny texture and are open at the ends. Every 3 to 5 weeks hair should be shampooed, conditioned and re-twisted
  2. Budding stages - (3 to 4 months).
    • Each section begins to bond and hold together (mesh) , forming a Lock. The ends or middle or each Lock begins to "puff up" and expand in size. The Locks are no longer glossy, then and smooth as in the Baby Lock stage. In this stage the hair is a little difficult to control, giving the head an unkempt look. Here is where the client's patience and level of commitment are tested.
  3. Growing Stage - (6 to 14 months).
    • The locking process starts at the middle or end of the Locks, (at least 1 inch from the scalp). As the Lock begins to lengthen, the shaft becomes solid and closed at the end.
  4. Maturing Stage - (18 weeks to 3 months of growth & grooming).
    • Mature Locks are completely interfaced from the closed tip to the base, not including the new growth (at least 1 inch from the scalp). Hair should be shampooed, hot oil treated and re-twisted every 3 to 5 weeks.
  5. Atrophy Stage
    • After several years of maturing locks (between 7 and 10 years) the Lock may start to weaken or atrophy at the ends. The smaller the Locks, the more fragile and more likely the atrophy will occur. This atrophy stage usually occurs at the nape of the neck and around the frontal and peripheral hairlines. When the hair starts to weaken make sure it is part of the natural locking process and not due to physical or emotional distress. Consult your technician.
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