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    For those who've had more than one set of locs and who used different methods to start them:

    Did you notice a difference (if you can remember) in the feel (hard, soft, pliable, rigid) of your locs once they matured? (I ask because of LBell's comment about the feel of hers.)

    I started with coils and I thought my locs always felt pretty yummy, albeit, not alway comfortable to sleep on.

    Would starting with twists or braidlocs result in a tighter or harder sho' nuff loc? Or is that hocus and it all depends on your hair texture?

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    Its not a silly question at all and its one that I have too. I saw that in LBell's post to and was glad she brought it up. I was beginning to think it was a natural hair hang up of mine. I love having my hair feel soft and moisturized and wondered if this is something that I will have to forgoe(sp) if I lock because my hair is naturally very dry and brittle without a lot of conditioning.

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    hm. i started locks once before but didn't know squat about them and only last 7 months or so--don't even remember them.

    but with these, i have to describe them as compact, soft to the touch [meaning not rough or scratchy], relatively squeezable, firm, and very pliable.

    they're still changing a bit though. i've noticed some bunching on the ends of some and shrinkage, but nothing distracting.

    i started with braids, maintain(ed) by fingerlatching (though not anymore), separating my roots, and braiding/twisting fuzzies into the nearest lock. some twisting, but not very much. while i've conditioned from year one thru year 2 and some change, i've essentially moisturized with a spritz of water and oil, using walnut/avocado and coconut oils to seal in moisture from wetting and spritzing.

    my locks will be three in may. i think the shortness of my locks may have had something to do of their development. since they were so small, there was virtually no braid pattern. they essentially fuzzed into puffs and locked from there.

    man, i love my hair ^_^

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    Yeah, hmmm... Londy, I love, love, love those little braids you started with and I love the size of your locs now. I've never had any sort of braid. Do you know how many braids you started with? I need to experiment with them, if just to see if my hair would hold them for locking purposes.

    My hair was only a couple of inches long when I started my locs. What was great about that to me was that once the locking started, I didn't have to deal with a mess of loose hair, too. I might, might, might do that again when I decide to loc again.

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    i have no clue how many braids i started with. i've combined quite a few since then. they were so short that the bases couldn't be very large. i also have no desire to count them now, so i still don't know how many i have...

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    Another question: How does the maintenance method contribute to the feel of the loc? Does the compacting of the strands by latching lead to a tighter (and harder) loc, whereas freeforming might get you fluffier ones?

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    Off topic, sorta. I'ma newbie, but Talking Yam, your locs were righteous!

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    Off topic, sorta. I'ma newbie, but Talking Yam, your locs were righteous!
    Thanks! Your baby locs are off the chain. I am so impressed. Go 'head, girl!

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    I think it would have to do with texture. I back combed mine into a lock and they locked in 4 mos. I noticed if I did not put put moisturizer in my hair they felt like sticks. A year and a half later I notice when I wash my hair and do a prolong rinse following my spray with EO they stay soft. I palmrolled them up til now and attempt with latching. I will see how they turn out! If I dont' like I will palmroll again further down the line when my new growth grows out more!

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