I did something that I said I would NEVER do……..I interlocked my daughter’s hair before she was able to REALLY make the decision for herself.
My daughter loves my hair and she always talked about wanting her hair like mine. I would tell her that we’ll wait until she was older to do her hair like mine. Well, she had been talking about wanting her hair like mine A LOT recently. My husband overheard and thought it would be a great idea.
We’re an active family from swimming, biking, and hiking weekly. Of course, it would be easy to not have to do a lot to her hair after those activities but I didn’t want to interlock her hair. I didn’t want her to hate it when she’s older and then have to cut off her hair (boy cut) or try to take out all of her locks (very tedious). Needless to say, I was peer pressured by my daughter and husband (lol) and my daughter has now started her lock journey!
I started my daughter’s locks by doing small two-strand twists. I did a lot of research for weeks before starting my her locks. I use to do two-strand twists on her natural hair (she loved this style) so when I discovered that you could start interlocking that way I decided that was the way to go. I knew I needed to do them smaller than normal because I want her locks to be small when they mature. I got out my measuring tape, hair clips, hair holders, combs, brush, and a spray bottle with water and lemongrass essential oil.
During my research, I saw that some people used measuring tape or a ruler to make sure that all the parts were uniform/the same size. I started doing that with the first row but this is a four-year old’s head I’m working on. I don’t have time for that. I feel like I’m pretty good at parting and eyeballing it so that’s what I did. I started by parting her hair into 4 sections. Then I parted how many rows I wanted in each section and then I started parting and twisting on each row. I started at the back of her head, moved my way up to her ears, then I started on the left side of her head, then the right side and ended with the middle.
We started on October 27 and finished on October 29. I had her watching Disney movies while I worked on her head. She did great! She sat still and she didn’t complain much. I made sure to have lots of snacks. I was making sure the customer was happy because I wanted her hair to look nice and I didn’t want it to take forever.
I worked on her hair for 3 hours straight. We did stop every 40 minutes to take a little break. On day one I was able to do the back of her head plus both sides.
I worked on her hair for 2 1/2 hours straight. We took a break after the first 40 minutes and then we just keep going. I was able to get some of the middle done. It seems like the middle of her head had the most hair. It was the thickest for sure.
I worked on her hair for 4 hours straight. I wanted to get done and she did too. We took a break after an hour then after 4o minutes then we were done!
Since starting her locks I have retightened them twice. I retighten once a month/every four weeks. I use a plastic yarn needle. (The same tool I use on my hair. Here is an old post talking about how I retighten my hair.) Retightening the first time started the actual interlocking process of my daughter’s hair. I’m excited to see how her hair looks a year from now! She’s excited about more length!
Being that this was my FIRST TIME doing this, I feel like I did a pretty good job. I love her hair and she does as well!
The most important part of that last sentence is that SHE loves her hair!
If you are interested in natural hair/my sisterlocks/microlocks you can see all of my hair blog posts here. Some are old but still informative.
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