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    I just started 3 weeks ago with 2 strand-twists and I've managed to completely jack up my head. I washed too often, too vigorously or something and now I can't even tell where some of my hair is supposed to go. And my retwisting is sad to say the least. I was SO wanting to maintain on my own but it might not be my cup of tea My scalp just gets build-up really fast (=a week) and then the itchies are just way too much. I just hate to pay someone to do what sounds so easy..... I know patience is key and I don't mind some frizz but this is a bit much. I'm too embarassed to even post a pic. My husband thinks I'm crazy at this point but I refuse to give up.....I'm just not sure what to do..

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    Perhaps you should start with braids instead of twists-how do you plan on maintaining? If you want to wash often (once a week or more), braids are good because you can wash as often as you like without worrying about them falling out/slipping loose. If you want to twist, I think you can do so using braids, but it might be more of a challenge.

    Don't give up-it can be discouraging. A good clarifying shampoo may preclude the need for rubbing so vigorously in the first stages, or rinsing between washes may make vigorous washing unnecssary as well if you want to go two strand twists.

    I just looked at your fotki-you have incredibly soft hair-which means if you are going to twist, you may need to be extra gentle with washing and not wash as often. Cyrano's girl has a similar texture and was locing, she may have some additional pointers for you.

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    I think just the top of my head is really soft. The back and sides held up ok. My loctician suggested coils but I wouldn't know how to maintin those myself. I originally planned to latch-hook my locs but I can't seem to get the hang of it. I keep getting the hook caught on 2 locs or unravel the twists when I try to pull the ends through the hole. So I've been twisting and clipping for right now. And I figured twists would look like locs faster than braids.

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    The same thing happened to me the first couple of times I locked-I would interlock two on accident-I started checking each time I did the latch before I moved on to make sure I could undo it before completely joining them by accident-it took about four sessions before I got the hang of it, and i do it even now every so often almost a year later.

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    I just started my babies a week ago yesterday, and the build-up is already driving me insane. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one out there who's scalp just seems to create its own build-up in a week.

    If your hair is of a softer texture, and you need to wash more often, twisting may not be the way to go because they will unravel, and you'll find yourself becoming more and more frustrated. I agree with hease81, perhaps you shoud try braidlocz.

    Whatever you decide, I commend you for not wanting to give up. The journey to locs can be frustrating and discouraging, but I'm sure it's all worth it in the end.

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    You couls also try latching without the latchook. I found it too prone to snag on other locs. A hairpin can work real well. There's no clasp to snag on adjacent hair.

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    DS, don't give up just yet. I just started mine on New Year's Day and decided to maintain them myself. Like you, I feel like it is something that I should be able to figure out. My first wash went well but the re-twisting left much to be desired. I realized that I just took the clips out before my hair was totally dry. This left me with a little afro with twist hanging out. However, I retwisted about a week later and made sure to let them dry and they turned out much better. I've only washed my hair once but will clean my scalp with Sea Breeze when it starts itching too much. I'll also use a spray to moisturize my scalp every other day or so. It really helps me when my scalp is moisturized.

    Hang in there!

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