What are locs?
Locs are considered the mainstream version of dreadlocks. Locs are cultivated into a particular size and groomed/cleaned on a regular basis.
The term loc is often preferred because history shows that dreadlocks are sometimes: considered dreadful, the person wearing them is viewed as dreaded, or due to the non-religious affiliation.
The oldest historical record of an African tribe rocking locs can be credited to the priests of the Ethiopian Coptic religion, who were wearing the style as early as 500 BCE. Heading on over to India, the earliest historical reference of locs comes from 1800 BCE (and the credit goes to the Hindu holy men called the sadhus). There is also evidence of Ancient Egyptians rocking locs as well as various African tribes, such as the Maasai of Kenya (who have been rocking locs for only God knows how long).
Sadly, it’s difficult to pin down an official date for the origin of locs in Africa.
The Encyclopedia of Hair, A Cultural History
STAGES OF LOCKS
The baby stage of the loc process can last anywhere from three to six months, depending on your hair type and how fast it grows. There are several styles you can start with —such as braids, two-strand twists, comb coils and palm rolls.
During this stage it is a good time for you to start experimenting with pressure styles, such as rope twists and curly sets, to help control some of the swelling. On average, you can expect to be in budding stage anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
It can take anywhere from 12 to almost 36 months to enter the adult stage of locs, You also want to ensure that you’re using the right products, to prevent buildup and unraveling; and that you’re properly retwisting your hair to avoid weak locs and excessive frizz once they’re mature.
The is the stage where you will spend the rest of your journey. See chart below.