User Tag List

Thanks Thanks:  2
Likes Likes:  1
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    2
    Reviews
    Read 0 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Pain from maintaining locs

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if it's normal to have pain when maintaining your locs. I did a search on this and didn't come up with anything. I've had my locs for 6 years and always interlocked them myself. It was never really painless but nothing I couldn't deal with. A few months ago I began to develop chronic upper back pain. Trying to hold my arms up for six-plus hours really aggravated it. I got other people to do the last two maintenance sessions, but I very much prefer to do it myself. It's so expensive and uncomfortable. My back was getting better with treatment so I decided to try just doing one at a time this month. I still got pain pretty much as soon as I raised my arms.

    So my question is if anyone else has dealt with this and if there's a good posture to use when doing your own hair or some kind of secret to not getting hurt. I get emotional every time I think about cutting my locs after so long but sometimes I feel like that's going to be my only choice.

    Thank you for any comments or advice!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    9,573
    Reviews
    Read 0 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    33

    Default Re: Pain from maintaining locs

    It sounds like you are having general back problems that are being exacerbated by raising your arms. Of course, you need to see a doctor about this.

    As for your locks, if you really want to keep them, I would suggest you go to a loctician. Comparison shop for a good price and try to stretch out the time in between maintenance sessions. I go a full 8 wks between maintenance sessions and each session is less than 2 hours.

    Good luck!!
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

  3. Thanks looknow thanked for this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    In My Head
    Posts
    4,877
    Reviews
    Read 1 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    27

    Default Re: Pain from maintaining locs

    No pain every...been latching 10 yrs.....I hope you're ok!? It sounds like some type cranial nerve damage .
    KnottyAuthor aka Cheleski

    The Knotty Truth Series: The OG natural hair care book series on natural hair,culture & science

  5. Thanks looknow thanked for this post
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    2
    Reviews
    Read 0 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Pain from maintaining locs

    I'll be okay, thanks! It's just weak back muscles and bad ergonomics that have added up, but I've been getting treatment for a while. I always assumed a small amount of pain when raising my arms for extended amounts of time was normal. Guess I should have taken it as a sign instead.

    At this point I'm just hoping to find someone who can do the maintenance in a reasonable amount of time. The last two have taken 7-8 hours.. granted I have very thick hair and small locs.

  7. Likes KnottyAuthor liked this post
  8. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    In My Head
    Posts
    4,877
    Reviews
    Read 1 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    27

    Default Re: Pain from maintaining locs

    Great,glad it worked out for ya.
    KnottyAuthor aka Cheleski

    The Knotty Truth Series: The OG natural hair care book series on natural hair,culture & science

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Richmond
    Posts
    187
    Reviews
    Read 0 Reviews
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Pain from maintaining locs

    Quote Originally Posted by looknow View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if it's normal to have pain when maintaining your locs. I did a search on this and didn't come up with anything. I've had my locs for 6 years and always interlocked them myself. It was never really painless but nothing I couldn't deal with. A few months ago I began to develop chronic upper back pain. Trying to hold my arms up for six-plus hours really aggravated it. I got other people to do the last two maintenance sessions, but I very much prefer to do it myself. It's so expensive and uncomfortable. My back was getting better with treatment so I decided to try just doing one at a time this month. I still got pain pretty much as soon as I raised my arms.

    So my question is if anyone else has dealt with this and if there's a good posture to use when doing your own hair or some kind of secret to not getting hurt. I get emotional every time I think about cutting my locs after so long but sometimes I feel like that's going to be my only choice.

    Thank you for any comments or advice!
    well don't do them so tight... how many locs do you have? combine some... I like the other ones... palm rolling- yo u don't have to do them so often- but sometimes when I do I have more than 125 locs...
    Palm Rolling... 125 locs... Nature's Protein Gelee



    Naturals Salon & Spa... http://gotlocsva.com/

Similar Threads

  1. Self Maintaining Locs
    By victoriab in forum Find a Loc Buddy
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-29-2008, 05:30 PM
  2. Help With Self Maintaining Locs
    By victoriab in forum Locs Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-27-2008, 02:20 PM
  3. Maintaining New Locs
    By chellefields in forum Help Me With My Locs!
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-29-2004, 05:04 AM
  4. Maintaining Locs
    By jettblk66 in forum Help Me With My Locs!
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-06-2004, 11:53 AM
  5. Maintaining locs on kids
    By Deej in forum Help Me With My Locs!
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 03-02-2004, 12:33 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •