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Loc Journey Photos From Day 1 to Year 15

feature image for article Loc Journey Photos From Day 1 to Year 15. has 2 side by side photos of people with locs

Whether you have yet to start your loc journey or are a few years in, you’ve undoubtedly wondered, “what will my locs look like in the future?” At what point will you reach your “goal length?” Maybe even “Should my locs be budding yet?” Because everyone’s journey is different, there is no formula for where you’ll be in the future. But take a look to get inspired and see the possibilities with these yearly comparison loc journey photos.

Year 1 & Under Loc Journey Photos

That first year of locing your hair is filled with anticipation and wonder. Moreover, in your first year of locing, your hair will undergo many changes. You may experience a lot of shrinkage to the point where you think your hair is shorter than the beginning of the process! However, this is completely normal. During this stage, your locs will also start to bud and form baby locs.

1 Month Locd

side by side image of 1 month loc journey. man with short baby locs shows back of starter locs
Day 1 & Month 1 Locd
Instagram x hairby.raesbacon

6 Months Locd

woman in with locs with back towards camera. side by side photos of loc journey 6 mo apart
Instagram x hairby.raesbacon

7 Month Locd Journey

two side profiles of same woman 7 months locd.
2 Months Locd & 7 Months Locd
Instagram x shxe.n.locs

9 Month Loc Journey

collage of 4 photos of a woman's loc journey. month 1 locd, month 3 locd, monh 8 locd, month 9.5 locd
Month 1, Month 3, Month 8, and Month 9.5 Locd
Instagram x domklocs

1 Year Locd Journey

left photo of woman as she stares in the camera, 2mo locd. and right photo is 1 yr locd
2 Months Locd & 1 Year Locd
Instagram x jaypetite

1 Year Loc Journey

side by side where in both photos, woman has a half up hairdo and glasses. photos are 1 year apart
2 Months Locd & 1 Year and 2 Months Locd
Instagram x estherlocs

1 Year Loc Journey

2 photos one year apart. visual loc journey showing loc growth
Instagram x nancy_locs

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Year 2 Loc Journey Photos

At 2 years in, your locs are still maturing. However, your hair will have taken on much more of a locd appearance. You may find your hair appears to grow faster. Likely what it is is reduced breakage and less shrinkage. 

2 Year Loc Journey

woman visual locs journey where left photo is day 1 and right photo is year 2. showing growth.
Day 1 Locd & Year 2 Locd
Tumblr x iamlocd

2 Year Loc Journey

2 photos of same woman with locs showing growth. 2 years locd
Instagram x _latoyapowel_z

2 Year Loc Journey

collage of 4 photos of loc journey, showing big chop, the start of loc journey, the middle of loc journey, and almost 2 years locd.
From big chop to 2 years locd
Instagram x mahdusaaa

2 Year Loc Journey

side by side loc journey 12 months locd and 24 months locd on the right.
12 Months Locd & 24 Months Locd
Instagram x ohseauxnatural_

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Year 3 Loc Journey Photos

At three years in your locs journey, your hair is fully matured. If you started with under 2-3 inches of hair, your locs are likely shoulder length by now. You may start to notice some lighter colored locs. No worries. If so, you’re likely getting some natural hair dye by the sun.

3 Year Loc Journey

4 photo collage. day 1 locd, year 1 locd, year 2 locd, and year 3 locd
Day 1 Locd, Year 1 Locd, Year 2 Locd, & Year 3 Locd Visual Journey
Pinterest x 9TAE8

3 Year Loc Journey

locs hair growth left photo of day 1 locd and right photo 3 years locd
Day 1 Locd & 3 Years Locd Microlocs
Instagram x beloveddee

3 Year Loc Journey

6 photo collage of a 3 year locaversary
Instagram x mztekia08

Year 3 Loc Journey

2 side by side photos from 2018 to 2020 showing 3 year visual loc journey
Year 1 Locd, Year 2 Locd, & Year 3 Locd
Instagram x dbangelsblingnthings

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Year 4 Loc Journey Photos

At 4 years locd you’ve probably hit your stride. You’ll be seeing increased growth from year 3. At this point, you’ve probably experimented with different care routines and styles. Maybe you’ve even considered cutting your locs. However, at four years in, there is still much more to come if you continue your journey.

4 Year Loc Journey

4 Year Loc Journey

photo on left is one year locd and photo on right is 4 years locd. woman shows loc growth side by side
Year 1 Locd & Year 4 Locd
Instagram x jomichelleartistry

4 Year Loc Journey

on right has a column of 3 photos over 3 years and on the left is a big photo with the caption 4th year locversary
Year by Year 4 year Loc Journey
Instagram x kayconleche

4 Year Loc Journey

4 quadrant collage. top left and bottom right have a yellow backgroun, while the other quadrants are of someone 1 year locd and another 4 years locd
Sisterlocks 1 Year Locd & Sisterlocks 4 Years Locd
Instagram x sista_on_loc

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Year 5 & Over Loc Journey Photos

Over half a decade locd!

At this point, you’ve gone through a lot of changes with your locs. You’ve probably dealt with (and hopefully conquered) build up as well as developed good routines. What’s next from here is just a continuation of the journey.

5 Year Loc Journey

collage of a 5 year locs journey from starter locs to mature locs
Starter Locs to Over 5 Years Locd
Instagram x jtbsmobilestudio

5 Year Loc Journey

3 photo collage showing from 3 to 5 years locd.
3 Years Locd to 5 Years Locd
Instagram x artdreadsbraids

5 Year Loc Journey

2 photos showing locs growth over the years. at 5 years, his locs are at least 6 inches past shoulder length
Year 1 Locd & Year 5 Locd
Youtube x DXLYN locs

5 Year Loc Journey

photo of locs growth. left photo is year 1 which shows under shoulder length locs, and year 5 (right photo) shows around bra strap length
Year 1 Locd to Year 5 Locd
Instagram x mizkenya

5 Year Loc Journey

Instagram x janebnaturalbeauty

5 Year Loc Journey

left photo is 3 years locd, which woman has shoulder length locs, and right photo is 5 years locd where locs are bra strap length
3 Yr Locd to 5 Year Locd Journey
Youtube x She Deity

7 Year Loc Journey

photo on left is year 1 and photo on right woman shows her almost locd - 7 years locd
1 Yr to 7 Yrs Locd
Instagram x thickgrlscloset

10 Year Loc Journey

collage of 3 photos showing from beginning of loc journey to 10 years locd, where woman is sitting with butt length locs
Starter Locs to 10 Years Locd Visual Journey
Instagram x barbecham

10 Year Loc Journey

3 photos from 2 yrs locd, 5 years locd, to 10 years locd.
Year 2 to Year 5 to Year 10 Locd
Instagram x msmagnolia82

Almost 15 Year Loc Journey

left photo is woman with starter locs and right photo is same woman with almost 15 years locd
Starter Locs to Almost 15 Years Locd
Instagram x ilocsitdown

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Those are just some snapshots of loc journeys. Remember, everyone goes through their own journey. These photos just serve as a guide of what one can expect. But there are so many factors that’ll impact how your loc journey unfolds over time.

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