Hair highlights: the origins of the style and how to get it
In recent years, wick locs have exploded in popularity and are quickly becoming a trend. One of the most common misconceptions about locs is that they’re all the same, but that’s far from true.
Not all locks are the same. Their sizes, methods and lengths differentiate one type of loc from the other.
Wick locs are quite common, and chances are you’ve seen one without realizing it. They are basically very thick dreadlocks who are famous for standing tall while still small. The style has become very popular among celebrities and common people. But how and where did these unique locks come from?
Origin Locs Wicks
Although there is no way to know the exact origin of this hairstyle, it is widely believed that highlights became very popular first in South Florida.
However, it didn’t really catch national attention until celebrities started sporting the style. Kodak Black is a prime example.
It gets its name from the wick of a candle as it stands upright rather than falling. But the locks end up hanging down once they grow out. Highlight dreads are among the thickest dreads. They are so thick that some have between 4 and 10 strands on their heads.
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How to Grow Locs Wicks
The first question most people ask is, “How long should my hair be locs?”
To start your wick loss journey, your hair should be about 5 inches long. Strands should be thick, so it takes a lot of hair to stand a few inches higher than your scalp after forming a strand.
Starting with enough hair also improves the growing process and makes the trip less expensive. It also means you get lock-in locks right off the bat. You wouldn’t have to wait weeks or months to see your locs in full glory.
Unfortunately, some cannot stand the process of crocheting long locks of hair. It can take hours to form and maintain locks.
Methods of Making Wicks Locs
The crochet wick combination method
The crochet wick combination method is the most popular way to create a loc wick. This process requires you to combine the locs with a crochet needle. By using this method, you get your locks instantly rather than waiting for them to grow out over time.
Start by sectioning your loose locks and hair, placing rubber bands only at the root of each section.
Start shaping your locks using a single, double, or triple crochet needle to create the internal structure of your lock, which will eventually determine its outer shape.
While holding your locks in your hands, start crocheting. Start near the root of the locs and pull the hook tool in and out of the section.
Repeat this process until the loc begins to have a rounded shape. If done correctly, the hair should begin to clump and tangle into a cylindrical shape. Gradually pull the section of hair up to form a full section.
Crochet wick extensions
If you want long locks right now and your hair is too short, you should consider using wick extensions. They can be used to start your highlighting journey, or they can be added to lengthen your highlights.
For this method, it is best to consult a specialist to have your wicks installed.
The free form method
For the freeform method, you start with freeform locks and comb out the locks over time. This means that you allow your hair to grow and lock freely without any particular styling. Just wash, oil and let grow.
When you notice your hair roots merging in one place, part them according to the thickness and number of strands you want to have.
This method lets you choose to separate the locs as they grow, giving you more control over the style and thickness of your locks. However, it is important to note that freeform locks will not look as cylindrical as crochet locks.
The rubber band method
The rubber band method is a great way to start highlights on loose hair. All you have to do is bundle your loose hair into large sections and put rubber bands along the length of each section.
Leave the rubber bands for 3-4 weeks the first time. After this period, remove the rubber bands and check if your hair starts to fall out.
If it’s not locked yet, put the rubber bands back in place and wait another 3-4 weeks. Repeat this process until your hair falls out. Once your hair is curled, you no longer need rubber bands.
Locs Bit Care Tips
- Try to maintain a consistent size for your locs. This makes them more uniform.
- Wash and care for your locks regularly. Use a clarifying shampoo to wash once or twice a month, depending on how quickly they get dirty.
- After washing your locks, pat them dry with a microfiber towel, then air-dry or blow-dry them until your hair is completely dry to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
- Oil and moisturize your scalp frequently.
- Remember to cover your hair at night with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf.
- Use rose water and light oil on your locks to keep them hydrated
- It is possible to tighten the locks using the elastic or hook method.
While wicking style locs seem to have originated in Florida, it’s a style that has spread across the world. If you love wick locs and want to grow one, we hope you go!