When someone told me that 8 years ago I thought I understood, I had no idea.
I remember my first set of locs, before these. I kept them for about 3 years then I decided to cut them because I wasn’t satisfied with my results, not only that, I had major build up and I didn’t know how to remove it at the time. So not only was that first 3 years the slowest 3 years ever (as it relates to hair growth), I had to start completely over.
This time around I was determined to get reach my vision.
My Early Struggles With Patience
There was a dreadhead on YouTube I use to follow, I believe his account name was “dezzie hotep”, something like that. He had freeform locs. I watched his entire process through his YouTube Channel and I decided I wanted my locs to look like his. If I had to compare his locs to someone else’s I would say they looked like Bob Marley’s.
At the time, he was the only person I knew with locs that strongly encouraged not twisting and using only natural products. This was in complete opposition of the status quo in the loc community. Most YouTube channels dedicated to locs talked about how to retwist your locs and what the best locking gels were.
There was only one problem, I was not quite as patient as he was. Not only that, nobody’s hair is exactly the same. So there is no way my journey could be like anyone else. Although I intended to have a true “freeform” journey I ended up twisting my hair in the beginning because I was getting impatient.
Looking back, I wish I would’ve stuck with the original plan. My hair would have been much thicker and much closer to the vision I had for myself. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m very satisfied with my hair. All I’m saying is if I could go back I would do a few things different.
It took about 2 years of growth for me to stop looking in the mirror 5 times a day to see if my hair grew a centimeter. After a while, I found other things to worry about. I started enjoying each phase, each level, each stage of my journey. In fact, I stopped hoping my hair my grow faster and started wishing I had more time to enjoy the stage I was in.
Hopefully you get the point of all this. Just relax, growing your crown takes time. Do yourself a favor and stop hoping your hair would grow fast. Appreciate what you have and love your level. You’ll get to your goal eventually. Don’t say to yourself, “I won’t be happy until my locs are long“. That’s a quick way to ruin the fun, excitement and self discoveries of the loc growing process.