How Often Should You Retwist Locs?


These days many people are looking to get locs, it’s getting more popular, and many celebrities have it. It might be a good reason you’re looking for this and are asking yourself how often you should retwist locs?

Locs should be retwisted once a month at most. You shouldn’t retwist the locs too often because the hair isn’t going to hold the retwisted locs forever. In the beginning, it might be tempting to retwist the locs more often but try to avoid that and do it once a month.

If you’re considering getting locs yourself, make sure to do lots of research about it. It’s essential for you to know what you’re getting into.

With that said, let’s get dig deeper and learn more about locs!

When Should You Retwist Starter Locs?

In the beginning, when you’re getting starter locs, it’s important to be patient. It’s a long process that won’t give you results overnight. It would be ideal to start retwisting your locs once a month. Especially for starter locs, it’s essential.

If you haven’t done this yet, make sure to do so. Some people wait even longer than once a month. However, ideally, it would be once every 4 to 6 weeks. 

The problem with retwisting it too often is that the roots can get too tight, making the retwisting progress very difficult. It will become too loose, and your hair isn’t going to like it.

It can even hurt the scalp if you do retwist it too tight. It happened to one of my friends that has gotten starter locs a couple of months ago.

The best maintenance for starter locs is to try retwisting after you wash the hair. This could be anywhere from once every month up to three months. It’s really up to you what your preference is and if your hair can handle it.

Stressing the hair too much could lead to serious problems later on, it’s good to find some that has locs themselves or that has been doing it for many years.

How Long Can You Go Without Retwisting Locs?

Going out without retwisting locs can make the hair very messy and unprofessional. Generally speaking, you can go for as long as you want without retwisting the locs. Keep in mind that most people retwist their locs once or twice a month to keep it neat.

If you haven’t been doing that already, try retwisting it at least once every two months. That would be ideal, and your locs are going to look way better than not doing it.

It’s essential that you take good care of your locs because some people get locs themselves and let them sit. There’s no exact step-by-step progress since it’s different for everyone. However, you should take good care of the locs if you want to keep the scalp healthy.

Keeping the scalp healthy has many benefits, like prevent itchiness and possibly even hair loss in the future. Many people that aren’t taking good of their locs are often the lazy ones.

There are always a few rotten apples that are like that. Make sure you won’t fall into that trap because it could lead to serious hair problems.

Are Starter Locs Supposed To Itch?

In the beginning, it might itch a bit, but over time, you’ll get used to it. The majority of people that experience itchiness only have that in the beginning when they’re getting starter locs. 

Some of my friends had this problem too, but after a couple of days, it goes away, and you won’t even notice it anymore. 

However, if you’re still experiencing itchiness, it’s probably because you have a very dry scalp. There are a few ways to prevent that from happening. Some products that work really well are tea tree and peppermint oils.

These two products work really well to get the itch out, making the scalp a lot smoother. Another plus is that these oils benefit the locs, making them even better. 

If that doesn’t work for you, there’s also peppermint water spray. This spray is made out of natural ingredients and doesn’t have any toxic chemicals inside.

Studies have shown that using peppermint oil reduces the itching very quickly and ideally prevents it.

5 Tips To Wash Starter Locs


There are thousands of tips for washing locs, but we’ve picked the most helpful ones. Here are 5 tips for washing starter locs yourself.

  1. Make the locs wet with water.

By making the locs wet with water, it shampoos easier. Adding shampoo to dry locs will make it very hard to clean the dreadlocks.

  1. Add a tiny amount of shampoo.

Add a tiny amount of shampoo. Adding too much can make the hair very oily and hard to rinse out. It’s important to add a small amount since you can always add more if it’s needed.

  1. Massage the shampoo into the scalp and make sure it lathers well

Massage the shampoo well into the scalp. Try to hit every part of the hair to make sure it cleans well. This is important especially for starters that have never cleaned their dreadlocks before.

  1. Rinse the shampoo out with lukewarm water

Rinsing out with lukewarm water is better for the scalp. It won’t stress the hair follicles. Avoid using ice cold or very hot water.

  1. Dry the locs with a towel and try to avoid blowdrying.

Dry the locs with a towel, and if you’re blowdrying the locs, it could potentially damage and dry out the scalp. Towel drying is one of the best ways to dry the dreadlocks.


As you can see, it’s very important to keep retwisting your locs every month. Without the right timing and knowledge, retwisting can do more harm than good. Keep in mind that starter locs should wait even longer before retwisting.

You don’t want to potentially damage the locs, leading to serious problems later on. For more guidance about dreadlocks, stay tuned to our blog.

Written by Christina Bowler

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