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    Peace..
    I was talking to my mother and gf yesterday about my locs and I was telling them that I was worried about the roots being too thin to support my locs...my mom said that it was because my hair straightens easily and when i twist it it straightens out easily as well...could that be a cause of the 'thinness' that I feel I'm experiencing?...Have any of y'all experienced this as well?...
    Thanks in advance...

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    Hi -I think I know what you're talking about...

    I'm guessing here but from personal experience, having looser curled hair tends to stretch out more so my roots were very thin due to the locs getting heavier and pulling at the roots, making it become straighter at base.

    I was talking to a friend who has similar texture hair and she said this is why its better to have thicker locs with thicker roots base for looser textures.

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    My hair has a loose curl in some areas, and the roots there have a "stretched out" look. Have you thought about free-forming? Your thinner areas may benefit from reinforcement of the roots of the adjacent locs.

    The less you manipulate your roots, the better, especially if you have fine, or loosely curled hair.

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    Peace..my mom said that it was because my hair straightens...

    Do you have looser coils or do they just straighten out easily?

    I have what is called "pliable" hair. It is tightly coiled. A a warm breeze will straighten it out and it strinks over 75% when wet with a drop of water.

    Is that how your hair behaves? If so, I think you should reconsider twisting and consider latching your locs instead. You should also consider these things that I learned to do to keep my roots from straightening out.

    1. keep my locs retightened relatively close to the scalp. I tighten until my I can't retighten with my fingers. That is, I can't put my fingers through the base anymore.
    2. keep my locs light weight. Don't use products which will weigh them down.
    3. limit the pressure on my locs when they get loose at the roots by not styling or pulling on them too much.

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    My hair behaves like Beryl described. I tried twisting and latching, but that "thinned" my hair even more. That's why I freeform now..thin roots and over-manipulation are no longer an issue.

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    Peace...
    Thanks to all of you who responded...and to Beryl...my hair straightens easily...I dont even tie it at night...i have a bonnet w/elastic sides to sleep in b/c if i tied it it would be completely straight on the sides...I have really thick heavy hair...lmao and your descriptions of my hair is absolutely right ...I don't want to free form...my locs are relatively thin and I like the size of them as they are...(about pencil width...some may be a little thinner) ...But as i'm fingering them now...it seems when they finally loc up after a twisting...they do puff out a little bit...I'm going to see a natural hair beautician that my friend recommended me to (and her comb twist are TOO DAYUMED CUTE!!)...maybe she can help me as well...
    But thanks to all of yall again!!

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    My hair behaves like Beryl described.* I tried twisting and...

    Yeah, I've stated several times over the years that if I were to start a new set of locs, I would strongly consider freeforming. I've not personally used a latchhook because it seemed a bit much for my hair. I use the Sisterlocks or lock tool if I don't use my fingers. My hair doesn't like much stress.

    Pliable naps are very strange. If you have tighter coils (like mine) it fools cosmetologists who think you need a strong relaxer or a hotter utensil to straighten out the coil, As a result, you end up with no hair!

    This is one more reason that we need to let our naps stay nappy.

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    Hi -I think I know what you're talking about...I'm...

    This is what happenned to me. My hair was thinning when I used to twist because my texture is kind of loose, especially in the back. Freeforming and marrying locs has eliminated this problem for the most part.

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    Greetings Sis,

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I always wrap my hair and it always straightens out on anywhere there was pressure or wet. I give thanks that I have a lot of hair, so even though the hair straightens out there is enough support. Also, I freeform, so there is no extra tension on them. I think sometimes the twisting and the latching is just extra work that sometimes or often works against you. Just try letting your hair do what it does. Seperate them when wet, but just let them free-up.

    Peace

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    My hair tends to straighten out easily and look thinner than it is even though it is on the heavy, thick side. Water, pulling or retwisting straightens it right out. My loctician's hair is very similar and she has knee length locs. Her roots don't look like they are thinning out. That is why my locs were started with slightly bigger sections so that the roots can support the weight of my hair as it grows.

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