For all of our beautiful loc heads out there, this article is for you all. Even if you aren’t a dread head or have ever thought about becoming one or just curious, you will learn something new after reading this article because we sure have. Freeform locs, also known as freedom or natural locs, are locs that have formed naturally and grow freely. To get these you don’t have to do anything but wash your hair. Yeah, we said it that means your clean dry hair will dread itself. Sounds simple right? It pretty much is, but as always there’s a little more to it.
1Freeform Dreadlocks Process
The best part of freeform
2Freeform locks Process #2
The initial start to the matting process starts in the back of the head, where we get the most friction. You may also try a tam, a kind of hat, that helps increase friction and it also does it a little more evenly, so not just the back or sides of your head will start matting first but the entire head. When starting the process of dreads, and this isn’t just for free forming
3Freeform Locs – The Perks
There are always perks to having freeform locs, besides being admired by everyone. Your locs will have a very distinctive look to them, separating them from the rest of the different variation of locs. Let’s not forget to mention you can start free forming your hair at any stage, whether you’re a loose natural or have had locs for a while. You will also have a little more free time on your hands, with little to no maintenance. And let’s not forget, the money you can save… like really though, you don’t have to stand in the hair care aisle for 20-30 minutes browsing, reading labels, and contemplating, just grab an oil and a residue free shampoo and your good to go. You will also save money by eliminating the frequent trips to the salon for re-twist appointments. We mean you should still go occasionally, but that is totally up to you. When it comes to your wash day, you don’t have to worry about detangling, like wash day isn’t a headache already on it’s on, at least that’s one step you don’t have to worry about. If you’re a confident, free-spirited person, who wish for their hair to represent that, then freeform is your way to go. Your locs are considered the most respected among dread heads, due to their spiritual connotations.
4Freeform Locs – The Downsides
As with any style, freeform locs are no stranger to downsides. Your biggest one will be that it will take your hair much longer to actually look like dreads, and also give you a less groomed look. But if that’s your thing we are totally here for it. You will also, have less control of the size and quantity, and with that being said it can make maintenance difficult later down the line with the irregular sections if you start down this journey. Frizz will also become your enemy if it isn’t already is, but for those individuals who don’t mind then don’t mind us.
5Semi Freeform Locs
We are not going to lie, but when we first heard the term semi-freeform locs we didn’t know exactly what to think. But after extensive research we found a lot of people who freeform their locs, don’t accept those who take the semi-free forming route, we are not too sure why. Semi-freeform locs require little manipulation of the hair, and they are easy maintenance. You don’t not have to re-twist your hair frequently, but you should go through your hair on a weekly basis to keep them from combining. In other words, semi-freeforming your locs gives you the freedom to maintain your roots when it suits you. You may also maintain only certain parts of your head, like your hair line or just the front portion of the crown. A more simpler definition of is when you see someone, or you may work with someone who will go a month or so at a time without getting their hair re-twisted, but when they do it’s not 100% neat how we normally see people when they get their dreads re-twisted. That would be considered semi-freeforming. We personally know quite a few people who have utilize this method because of their hair type and/or texture. You may start freeforming your locs in the beginning and once your locs are developed and depending on your previous loc maintenance you can switch to semi-freeforming.
6How To Freeform Dreads
We basically covered how to freeform your hair for some unbelievably beautiful locs, and it’s pretty straight forward. Semi-freeforming on the other hand is a little different, well not that much but there are a few things. And of course, you may either start your locs using the freeform technique or not, that decision is solely up to you, as with anything you do with your hair. But to generally cover how to start locs using the semi-freeforming method, you may start off with two strand twist, bantu knots, getting your roots twisted (and maintain them until a certain length) or plaits. Taking this route in the beginning of your loc stages can help determine the pattern of growth for your hair, the potential thickness of the locs, etc. The basic wash for locs will be applied to you as well, so be sure you have everything you need or at least know of the materials you may need.
7Freeform locs – More Tips
To start out with this method you don’t necessarily have to keep up with the re-twisting maintenance, you can go however long you choose before you decide to tackle your roots. Factoring in the length of your hair when you initially decide to start may also help. We have spoken to people who have shaved their head completely, on their journey and they stated they started freeforming, but right before their hair started forming locs they wanted more control of the amount. So, they start manipulating their hair to produce more locs. They also stated once they got to a certain length, they stop manipulating their hair so frequent and just let everything be. Others have stated they done the typically loc maintenance in the beginning, meeting with their loctitian until their hair was a certain length. One gentleman we spoke with said he only re-twist his roots twice a year, and of course we asked him to show us the length of his locs, to the back of his knees, folks! We wanted to know more but didn’t know the right questions to ask. He simply stated he started the semi-freeform way, and since his hair is on the fine side, he has to go awhile in between maintenance to prevent breakage. Then there was a debate between two gentleman with locs, about freeforming their hair to fix any thinning issues. But if we learned anything about natural hair, loose or in locs, it not only depends on your hair, but it depends on your personal preference. We can also add that it also depends on who do your re-twist maintenance.