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    Default The Thread To Maintain Latched Locks

    Because there are waves of women that decide to join the lock journey, I decided to begin a thread which summarizes how to maintain locks via the latching method. We often refer new lockers to this threadNEW LOCKER THREADhowever, many of the links on latching are outdated/defunct. Let's step it up a bit and help the newbies out in 2009!

    Latched locks can originate from:
    latched locks,made with a tool: Tre
    NO LYE webpage with ex.'s
    braids cheleski's first album with lots of links in friend section of other braidlockers
    2stranded twists DAEZ'S LOCKS
    coils she has a fotki, too, cant remember her name. go to NOLYE.COM for more pics
    any combination and creation one chooses!
    The key is which foundation is for you and your lifestyle.
    I'm sure someone else can start a thread SHOWING these various foundations from inception. I dont have the energy after pulling this one together :P .

    Once you choose that you want to maintain via latching, this thread is a resource to empower you to do so.

    If you would like to streamline that process and you KNOW that you want to maintain latched locks yourself, I hope others will join me in adding any helpful link that would assist someone along this journey.

    Simply click on the globe icon in the menu bar of this message
    copy and paste the link inside the bar
    rename the link: ie latching with a bobby pin( so the reader will know what the link is about).
    Thanks and happy latching!

    an original pictorial on how to latch
    specific interlocking instructions via Nubian Princess
    how to fix bunching and loose ends via Kalia's method
    how to latch hook and maintain lock via Daez
    how to latch with a the tool via Saabira's method


    Crown and Glory: how to do braidlocks with a latched hook and other resources via Cherie King AKA Rockinlocks
    an explanation of latched locks
    nappylocs tool
    ps. a 2.5inch hair pin works just as well, unfortunately the queen of hairpin latching has retired her webpage. if anyone knows how to find her let us know!
    crazycoils former website with hairpin instructions..where oh where is she?
    lock key tool out of the UK LOC KEY TOOL OF THE UK
    some older links of braidlockers/patterns/methods from lockin and poppin
    more links on braidlocks from lockin n poppin

    demo on loose strands. how to reincorporate them into the loc

    tool preference:creyole the blogspot
    brenda latchookin her locks
    a world of bloggers talking about maintaining their locks/sisterlocks/traditional/men and women
    a little history for ya:
    sisterlock v nappylock controversy
    court case nappylocs v sisterlocs

    now you have a little history
    you have some how to
    you have some tool information to create longlasting lovely locks.
    have fun!
    ps...there's more links in the posts below so make sure you visit the WHOLE thread for more helpful links!
    STILL keeping it knotty 1 day at a time ... since '03
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    The Knotty Truth Series: The OG natural hair care book series on natural hair,culture & science

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    i'm not a latcher but this is a great thread. we do need to updates some of the information that we refer newer locers to.
    there will be many who benefit from this sis
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    *Dreads...expect the unexpected*

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    <span style="font-family:arial">Thanks for the info! I have a question. My husband just started his locs by comb coils so its still fairly short. Do you have to wait till the hair is a certain length before you can do latch hooking? I&#39;m not that good at just retwisting it and I really wanted to maintain it by latching. I understand the concept of latching now but I&#39;m a little confused on how to do it on short hair!

    Here&#39;s his pic:

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    OOOO u did a great job. take the new growth(atleast a quarter of an inch) and start your first latch rotation with the new growth ONLY. Over time, he will have phat/fat curly ends and a skinnier lock. when i can find the fotki album of the sister with them, i&#39;ll link it here at the first post. So, just work with the new growth and you&#39;ll be fine.
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    Great thread!

    I wish I could contribute with a latching tutorial but it seems too involved. I can at least answer questions if needed.

    ~I am who Allah has fashioned me to be~


    Napps/Locks: http://public.fotki.com/malaikablu/loc-journey/

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    I started my locks as sisterlocks but now I maintain by latching with the nappylocs tool. It&#39;s so easy that I&#39;m almost embarrassed by how much I was paying a loctitian to retighten. Anyway, hopefully I can help answer some questions too.

    Great thread! Thanks OP
    5 years Nappy, 4 Years Sisterlocked! Never going back!
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    great thread!!

    braidlock latcher checking in i use my fingers and the nappylocks tool
    current stats: locked, shoulder length; started from loose napps past shoulders
    Dec 26 2004: last re.laxer

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    I&#39;m glad it&#39;s helpful! Come on ladies, I KNOW you have some links of reference for this thread!!!! give &#39;em up! lol!
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    Here is a link that answers questions about latching rotations:

    http://www.nappturality.com/forum/index.ph...525&hl=latching

    Common latching mistakes:

    latching too tight/often- may cause sore scalp, weakening and breakage
    solution: don&#39;t latch too tight/often :P (latching every four weeks should do it)

    latching through the same opening repeatedly- causes a literal hole in lock
    solution: latch in a rotation. There are links here for ideas.

    I&#39;m sure there are more. Any one?

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    Napps/Locks: http://public.fotki.com/malaikablu/loc-journey/

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    Lovely post (even tho I don&#39;t start my locks until Nov 09)...

    One thing tho, I thought latching was a bit more technical than just putting the lock through a hole in the new growth..(how does it look so neat in people&#39;s fotki?)

    Can&#39;t that be done with you hand then, we used to do that in a shop I used to work in... Or am I missing something?

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