I always get ridiculous bumps in my locs. How can I get my locs to have that cylindrical rope-like look?
There are a number of things you need to take into consideration depending on your specific situation.
- Are you a new locker? New or baby locs as they are often called, tend to go through a phase called the "budding phase." This creatss a bump-like look and will help your loc to mature. You should never cut your locs during this phase but you can rub the bumps between your palms to help to smoothen them out.
- Are you interlocking? If you are interlocking your locs, expect them to be bumpy by nature. In order to maintain the smoothest locks, try
- Are you re-twisting or palm-rolling? Perhaps you are waiting too long to retighten your roots. This can cause inconsistencies in the consistently smooth look of your locs.
- Are you doing SisterlocksTM? Unfortunately, if you go to a professionally trained Sisterlocks loctician and have bumpy locs, they might be frauds. Sisterlocks are brand-named locs that are created using trademarked methodology that will not allow for your hair to have bumps and lunps. Find out if your loctician is a certified Sisterlocks loctician before moving forward or maybe just find a new specialist to do your hair.
- Do you have locs of stray hairs? As a last resort, you can also trim your locs to remove stray hairs that can cause bumps. This should never be done to new/baby locs but can be done to mature locs only.
The best way to achieve bump-free locs is by starting your locks with either comb coils or two strand twists then palm-rolling or retwisting the roots for maintenance. Interlocked locs tend to be bumpy by nature so if you are maintaining your locs by interlocking the roots, you can expect occasional bumps and lumps in your hair.