How to Start Your Own Locs

I know you are wondering “when are they going to talk about their locs?!” Haha! If you have not gathered by the name of our blog that both my husband and I have locs. Let’s back up and talk about our background.


The hubby has been locked since late 2016, and I recently started my loc journey in June 2018. As you can see the hubby is at about shoulder length, and I’m rocking a layered bob.

I started both of our locs off using the finger coil method. At the time I did not really know any other way than two-strand twists. There are actually seven ways to start: two strand twists, braids, finger coils, backcombing, interlocking/sisterlocks, loc extensions, and free form. The hubby’s hair is really soft, and he didn’t care for the way his starter locs look (presentation wise) with two strand twists, so we started over two weeks later with the finger coil method. With me, I chose the finger coil method for deception. Haha! Do not judge me. With the Air Force Dress & Appearance update, I did not let the ink dry before my hair was locked. Ha! I knew it would take some time before the change was approved, so I chose the finger coil method because of the slow process of the locking method.

finger coil method

To start locs using the finger coil method, you will need a few inches of hair. I had about 4 inches as I was growing my hair out from a tapered afro. Now, one thing I regret (my hubby probably went through the same thing) is not stopping by a salon and shaping my hair. When I tell “y’all” that it has been the worst growing out my locs. Let me stop, it is not as bad as I am making it out to be, but if you want a uniform look, I highly suggest you cutting your hair in a style before starting your loc journey (whether you are self-maintaining or going to a loctitian). When doing the finger coil method you will be creating coils, you initially want to determine the size you want your locs to be. My husband wanted to have medium-sized locs, so they would be more manageable in the workplace, while I chose smaller locs so my bun would not be as bulky in uniform. Once you determine the size, the loctician (or you) will know how “wide” to make the locs. Try to be consistent with the width of the locs. This will help with the uniformity of your overall look.

This method utilizes a comb to create uniform coils around your head, which are often the go-to technique for pencil-sized traditional locs. Because I NEVER use a comb when I do finger coils, I just used my fingers to make my coils.

back of the head

I parted my hair into four sections. Starting in the back of my head, I began to make a straight part across my head. Next, I measured roughly about a ½ inch of hair in between each loc because I wanted to have smaller locs. On the other hand, my husband’s width between each loc is about a ¾ inch. I continued to keep parting between locs consistent until I finishing the row. I naturally moved to the next row (meaning I did not use a specific measurement for the distance between my bottom row to the row above it) and repeated the same process until I reached my ears. Once I get to the top of the ear, my part becomes more of a curved straight line versus straight across. My locs width is still roughly the same.

front of the head

At this point, the back of the head is completed. Moving on to the front right side of the head. Part an initial row of hair (starting at your forehead and going to the back). Make sure this row aligns with the row already established in the back. Then begin to make your coils. You will repeat this process until you have finished the entire front of your hair. Making sure these rows all align with allow your styles to look neater when you get to that point.

in conclusion

I hope this has given you an idea of how to start your locs. This method is more common but does take a while for hair to completely lock. If you are not confident in starting your locs on your own, please seek assistance from a licensed loctician.


how to start your own locs

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