How to Retwist Your Own Locs and Save Some Coins

how to retwist your own locs

Are you tired of paying $55 and up to get your hair re-twisted every 2-4 weeks? I know I was! If you are getting your locs started, I would suggest getting it professionally done and maintained until your hair locks. Now entering my 2 year loc journey, my hair has grown significantly and can be re-twisted at home. Here is a simple step by step method :

What you will need:

1) Shampoo and conditioner of your choosing. Suggestion: I love Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap; it has a great cool tingling sensation on my scalp and it smells so good.

2) Towel.

3)Hair Gel. Suggestion: Eco-Styler gel is alcohol free and great for preventing flaking. Or you can make your own using flaxseeds or chia.

4) Hair clips.

Step 1: After thoroughly shampooing and conditioning the hair, pat it with a towel leaving your locs damp, but not wet.

Step 2: Separate your locs into four sections using hair scrunchies or large hair clips.

Step 3: Apply a pea- sized amount of gel to the top of the first loc and twist it clockwise until it’s tightened and there is no loose hair. Place a hair clip at the start of the loc to hold it in place. Move onto the next loc and repeat until the entire head is fully twisted and tightened. Tip: Every loc should be twisted in the same direction. You can also use one hair clip to hold three locs in place.

Step 4: Place a hair net over your locs, tying it tight.

Step 5: Sit under the dryer for 30-45 minutes or until the hair is fully dry or air dry overnight.

Step 6: After removing the hair net, use a spray moisturizer or your favorite oil to give your scalp some shine and conditioning.

Step 7: Pat yourself on the back. You have successfully re-twisted your own locs.


28 thoughts on “How to Retwist Your Own Locs and Save Some Coins”

  1. hurrah for DIY loc’ers. some the professional prices either make you nervous or just plain jealous. I don’t unless you have an excessive amount of locs I don’t think your average re-twist should cost that much especially when it’s a straight forward process one can learn with advice like yours

  2. Thanks. Good info. My only question is.. what if you dont have a dryer??? will air drying be ok???? I’m really trying to save and its hard to save spending 140 on just your hair when we have rent and other bills to pay for.

  3. I started my locs almost two months ago. I have been going to the salon every two weeks to have them retwisted and I recently discovered that my starter locs are twisted in both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. The stylists never made me aware of it. I am worried!!! What should be my next step?

  4. So I started locing my hair on my own using corkscrews/two strand twists. It’s budding up nicely so yay! My hair grows quickly and so it’s grown about an inch and a half since i started. The problem though I’ve noticed is that the new growth isn’t holding. Whenever I wash my hair which is every 3-4 weeks it just kinda unravels and poofs up. Been using a jamaican mango and lime, which holds it really well and for the weeks after it stays relatively decent. I’m concerned though that my hair is growing out and not locing. Any help or advice?

    1. As a former loc rocker I have to say patience is key. It takes months to loc completely and it will vary depending on the texture of your hair. Kinkier textures may end up locking faster than looser textures. Continue palm rolling and securing with the Jamacian Mango and Lime Gel (loved this product when I was locked). You can also try spritzing your hair with lemon juice, I did this in the beginning of my loc journey and it did seem to help tighten my locs up a bit faster.

  5. I accidentally twisted half my hair clockwise and other half counter clockwise do I have to take them down and redo them???

  6. I love your article. I do have a question though. I have mature locks that are very long. My new growth grows away from my lock. Leaving long hair strands from the root hanging out. How do I get my hair to stay inside the lock? Twisting and palm rolling only work for a day of two.

    1. No. As long as you stick to the same direction everytime you retwist it will be fine. Don’t worry about it now, but they say when you first start your dreads it is better to twist clockwise because that is the direction that hair naturally grows, however when I had dreads I retwisted counter clockwise and did not have a problem.

  7. I found your site and I am very Greatful thank you! I’m going to try these steps you mentioned. Do you have any tips on dyeing your own dreads and what brand color is best? Also at night tome do you tie your hair up really tight? Wouldn’t’t that cause baldness on the sides if pulled to tight?

    Thank you!!!!

  8. One more question I forgot to ask, if you don’t have a hair dryer to sit under. Can you use a blow dryer instead?(:

  9. Do you still use the same products? I’m currently trying to change mines I use:
    Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
    jane carter twist and lock

    I will be 3 years in a few months.
    Thanks in advance

  10. So I’ve had my dreads for 5 years and they are pretty long but I used to get them retwisted by salon who used the crochet method, but they were too expensive so I learned how to do it myself by just doing the twist and palm roll method using eco olive oil gel. However after I would re twist my hair I would wait a week or two and wash it or even just swim and my dreads would come out as if I’ve never done it so I was wondering if I needed to wait longer or should I not swim too soon and wash my hair differently than I usually would?

  11. If I’m retwisting dreads and I want to curl them, do I retwist, then dry, then wet again and roll? Or once I retwist them, do I go ahead and rod them and then sit under the dyer at the same time?

  12. Loretta H. Campbell

    I really like what I’ve read here. I have had dreads for about 20 years. I cut them off for about 5 years and re-grew them. I use organic shampoo, but I think Dr. Bonner’s is an excellent choice too. For my conditioner, I use organic olive oil. You can use warm oil and massage it into the scalp after washing and wrap your head in a piece of silk. Or you can blow dry it, in my opinion. I have also used a tablespoon of vinegar before shampooing to get out any build up.

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