Guide on Microlocs

Natural microlocs are a versatile, long-lasting, lightweight hairstyle for coily hair. 

Interested in microlocs but now sure how to get the style? We’re here to help. We’ll tell you what microlocs are, how to transition into microlocs, and how to maintain them. We’ll also give styling tips for microlocs. 

What Are Microlocs?

Microlocs are a tinier, more lightweight version of dreadlocks. They are more versatile and easier to style. They are also more cost-effective than sisterlocks, which are very small dreadlocks that require an interlocking tool and a loctition to install. 

beautiful black woman with microlocs

How Do You Transition Into Microlocs?

Transitioning from traditional locs or sisterlocks into microlocs can be a long process. Be prepared for the journey. 

Transitioning From Traditional Dreadlocks

Depending on the density of your traditional locs, you may need to cut them and start fresh. Otherwise, try a 10-15 minute soak in water and use a clarifying shampoo on your scalp. Follow it with a deep conditioning treatment to soften and smooth the hair. 

Next, you need to split your locks apart. Start from the bottom and begin gently pulling apart the dreadlock. Try using the tail of your comb or a thin-toothed comb to pick them apart. Now, you’re ready to start fresh.

Transitioning From Sisterlocks

Making microlocs from sisterlocks is easier than traditional locs. Since microlocs are larger than sisterlocks, the transition process involves combining your locs. 

To transition to DIY microlocs, take two locs at a time and create a two-twist strand. Then either tie or knot them together at the bottom. Next, interlock the twisted strands by looping the end of your hair through the hair at the root. Consider using an interlocking tool as it can help make threading your hair easier. 

How Do You Maintain Microlocs?

Maintenance is simple for microlocs. Washing is essential to prevent product buildup and helps speed the maturing process. You’ll also need to re-twist or re-interlock your locs to maintain the shape. Depending on how fast your hair grows, you may need to do this anywhere from every four to eight weeks. 

Can Microlocs Damage Your Hair?

With proper maintenance, microlocs are safe for your hair. However, the twisting and interlocking can cause breakage if you have thin hair. It’s essential to condition and oil your ends to reduce friction damage. 

The tightness of microlocs can also cause traction alopecia. Constant pulling on your hair can weaken the hair follicles and create breakage at the roots. Try to avoid excessive pulling or styling your microlocs into tight updos. 

Finally, microlocs can create an appearance of sparseness on your scalp. You can conceal this by using Toppik Hair Building Fibers. They blend seamlessly with existing hair strands, instantly making hair look thicker and fuller.

5 DIY Microloc Styles

  1. Top Bun – This is an excellent style for long hair. Lift your hair above your crown and secure it in a ponytail with a large hair tie. Then, pull your hair to one side and wrap it together using a hairnet. Drag the hairnet into a circular shape and secure it with a bobby pin.
  1. Ponytail – This is a low-maintenance style suitable for long hair. Pull your hair up to your desired height and secure it with a large hair tie.
  1. Half Updo – This is a good option if you have short or medium-length microlocs. Section off the top part of your hair and pull it into a loose ponytail. Or, you can pull it into a round bun for a more secure hold.  
  1. Twisting Style – This simple style is also great for shorter hair lengths. Take a smaller section of hair on one side of your head, twist your locs around a few times, then secure them with a pin. You can create multiple or leave one on the side. 
  1. Space Buns – This is a full updo option for short or medium hair lengths. Part your hair down the center and pull up each side into top ponytails. Then, grab the ends of your hair and twist and pull them underneath where your hair tie is to create little buns. 

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What are your favorite DIY microloc styles? Tell us in the comments below!

Colleen Welsch is a freelance beauty writer and blogger specializing in hair care, hair growth education and beauty.

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