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17 Struggles Only People Growing Locs Will Understand

Wait, how long is this going to take to dry?

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1. Trying to make it through the transition from having a lengthy afro to short locs.

This too shall pass.

2. Constantly having to endure the loss of loc casualties.

It feels like losing a baby tooth with no adult teeth on reserve.

3. New growth, and the endless amount of time you spend twisting your roots to keep it neat.

It is an inherently good thing, but without locking gel you're fighting a losing battle.

4. The moment you realize you'll have to say goodbye to your favorite hats.

“@__laReine: I'm gonna have to get an XL cap bcuz my dreads make my head big :/” locstruggles smh

Hair goals = Hat loss.


7. The struggle of finding the right hairdresser.

If someone latches your hair too tight it could make them thin in certain areas — but like they say, it's a lifestyle not a hairstyle.

8. Always having to deal with people who say locs aren't professional looking.

9. Or when people stereotype your hairstyle as something worn by thugs and delinquents.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

10. The amount of time it takes for you to wash, dry, and palm roll your hair.

Spoiler alert! It takes forever.

11. Trying to suppress your loc-envy when you see someone with the hair you wish you had.

Then you think about how long it took that person to get that length.

12. Not being able stop romanticizing cutting your locs because it would take less work.

But you ultimately decide not to because you saw someone killing those goddess braids.

Might as well wait it out.

13. When you meet the person that makes you question how thick your locs should be.

15. When you dye your locs and people compare them to various food and food products.

16. The resentment you experience seeing someone pulling off the dyed locs look that didn't quite fit you.