When I first starting locing my hair, I used to retwist the new growth. It was alright, but I soon became irritated with how it would basically come undone after washing my hair. I also was confined to retwisting right after washing my hair, and I didn’t like that either. After some researching, I found out about interlocking. What I like about interlocking is that you can do it on dry hair and you don’t have to worry about re-tightening the same section as it won’t come undone after washing. Here are some interlocking tools that I found.
This is the interlocking tool I use. Full disclosure – it is expensive! I found it on the Youtube video linked above by JoyceMD. This tool is very easy to use since you just “clip in” the ends of your hair and then thread it through the base of your scalp. It was designed for sisterlocks, but it works perfectly for any locs on the smaller side.
I haven’t used this one yet, but the seller is actually one of our features. This tool is next on my to-try list. As much as I like the LondonLoc Tool, I don’t think I can see myself shelling out that much money if I were to lose it again (I have already lost it once). The Nappy Locs tool comes in four different sizes, which is convenient, and has a more palatable price tag.
This is an interlocking tool that everyone has lying around. However, it is not as convenient as the other two. In fact, I would prefer to use my hands to interlock my hair than a bobby pin. For the type of bobby pins I like to use (pictured above), I can only use them on my smaller sized locs. Moreover, it can take a few tries in order to thread a loc, so I usually prefer to use another method.
I first started interlocking my hair by using my hands. I separate the root with my fingers and guide the locs through the base. What I like about using my hands is that I am not tempted to tighten too close to the scalp as the size of my hands creates a barrier as to how many times I can tighten a loc. While different tools are fun to experiment with; for my small to medium locs, I can conveniently interlock my hair with my hands at any time without spending any money.
There are many different interlocking tools you can use to tighten your locs. Some I haven’t explained above are the EasyLoc, crotchet hook, and I’m sure – many others. However, the ways listed are those that I have either used or thought of using to tighten my locs. It is important to note that I don’t think any tool is vastly superior to another. The most important factors are using what is comfortable to you and not tightening in a way that will damage your locs.