Why Are My Starter Locs Unraveling?

Why Are My Starter Locs Unraveling?

Your stage 1 or baby locs are unraveling and you have no clue why? We’ve got you.

Unraveling is the most common challenge that everyone faces with starter locs. Luckily, we’ve also unraveled the 6 most frequent reasons why starter locs begin to unravel. And one of these would certainly apply to you.

So read through our rundown of each reason to find out which one could relate to you. And then we’ll give you the best solutions so you know how to keep your starter locs from unraveling!

6 Reasons Why Your Starter Locs May Be Unraveling with Solutions.

1. Improper Technique

If your locs were started incorrectly or made too loose, they will start to unravel. Therefore, its important that whatever technique you employ is done correctly and that your twists, locs, or coils are secure from the beginning. Not only will this keep them from unraveling, but it’ll also give your starter locs a neater appearance.

Solution: Work with a professional loctician or stylist who will assess your hair and provide a personalized and proper starter technique for your locs.

2. Lack of Maintenance

Fun (or not-so-fun) fact: unraveling is somewhat natural. As your hair grows out, your locs will naturally become loose at the root, causing them to unravel. This is where proper maintenance becomes crucial. Retwisting your starter locs regularly and using the right products are key maintenance steps that’ll help you deal with any unraveling over time.

If you are unsure of how to maintain your starter locs, we’ve put together some of our top tips, here

Solution: Retwist or palm-roll your starter locs daily or as often as you can. In addition, schedule retightening sessions with your loctician every 4 to 6 weeks.

3. Hair Texture

The texture of your hair could play a role in how well your starter locs hold. Some hair types tend to unravel more easily than others. This would be the case if you have very fine or straight hair. Your genetics can also affect how your hair behaves and cause your locs to unravel more easily.

Solution: Practicing careful maintenance can help to minimize the risk of your locs unraveling. A locking gel can also help to prevent unraveling and promote your locking journey.

4. Excessive Manipulation

Frequent touching, pulling, or styling of your locs will cause them to unravel from the roots. Hence, you have to be gentle with your locs and avoid excessive manipulation, especially during the early stages when they are still forming.

Here’s a brief rundown of the dos and don’ts when it comes to manipulating your starter locs.


Low tension styles - we recommend styling with spiral ties
Low manipulation styles
Minimize touching your locs hair!
Be gentle
Retwisting completely dry locs


5. Product Buildup

Over time, dirt and product residue will accumulate in your locs—which is natural for any kind of hairstyle. If you allow this buildup to accumulate without washing, it can loosen your starter locs and cause them to unravel.

Solution: First, ensure that you’re using the right products for your hair type. Secondly, avoid using excessive amounts of heavy oils, gels, or creams that can lead to buildup.

Most importantly, you must maintain a regular wash routine for your starter locs. Every 3 to 4 weeks is the recommended frequency as this will help to avoid unraveling and give your locs enough time to form.

6. Environmental Factors

Environmental conditions such as humidity or exposure to water can affect the durability of your locs. Your locs need moisture to stay healthy, but there must be a balance to it. Excessive heat or moisture can cause your locs to swell and unravel.

Solution: Protect your locs from excessive heat and moisture as much as you can. Air dry your locs and avoid using an electric dryer. Also, in maintaining the balance, you must equally ensure that your locs aren’t losing too much moisture. Always use a satin or silk scarf or bonnet when you sleep.

From Starter Locs to Flourishing Mature Locs

Keep in mind that starter locs are the most high-maintenance loc stage. But they only last about 3 to 6 months; and once you get to the next stage, it certainly gets easier. So don’t let the unraveling frustrate or discourage you. Simply stay patient and committed to your care and maintenance routines. Your reward will be getting to rock lovely locs that are long, strong, and healthy!

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