How Long Does It Take Hair to Lock?

April 13, 2022

How Long Does It Take Hair to Lock? 

Although it is a bit of a personal preference, many people prefer dreadlocks. For the uninitiated, dreadlocks are hair that is tightly twisted together into an intricate pattern. 

They are usually associated with the Rastafari movement and have been a part of Jamaican culture for over 300 years. They can be formed in different ways but are usually formed using natural methods like twisting locks or tying them into pigtails.

Large dreadlocks that are tied into ponytails can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some people like their hair permed so they need only 4 to 5 weeks in order for it to grow out even more aggressively and then allow them time until. 

It is dried down enough such that perming will no longer be necessary. Of course, sometimes you just don't know how long your locks will take and there is no way to know without having them done sooner or later.

What Are Dread Locks?

Dreadlocks are a form of hair-donning style created originally in West Africa by the Yoruba and taken up by many other African peoples. The style consists of several interlocking braids, twists, or locks woven in one's usually naturally occurring hair. 

Dreadlocks are characterized primarily by the deliberate separation of strands at intervals on the head and body that, over time, accumulate to form thick tangles before they become permanently affixed.

A wide variety of methods have been developed to create dreadlocks in all parts of hair, including chemical-free methods, sewing natural locks, and even some that are based more on spontaneous growth. 

These techniques involve wrapping the lock into a spiral or around strings (so as not to pull out natural healthy scalps), then locking it up with rubber bands or toothpicks filet silver wax.

How Long Does It Take Natural Hairstyles To Grow Out?

Hair takes a long time to grow, so growing dreadlocks is not necessarily a quick process. If you wait for your hair to grow out naturally about 3-4 inches, then it might take 2 years till the locks break. However, if done in an accelerated fashion with strong straighteners and chemical treatments like bleach or peroxide before releasing from braids/tied up into tight weaves etc.

They can begin growing out at 2-3 months and leave the wearer's natural length till 3 years. These methods give dreadlocks a more relaxed appearance as opposed to when it is grown in nature, but they can become quite unmanageable with hard strands since only straightened knots are present on the scalp or head of hair. 

This does not mean that dreads that grow out after using such methods do not look good because most people prefer them ("kinky" / "earthy" look of natural dreadlocks). The use of these methods slows down the growth process, but the gradual transition to styles that are tight and controlled can lead to unnatural proportions when it comes time for a maturing locks overhang.

How Long Does It Take For Dreadlocks To Be Re-Finished?


If your hair is dirty, then you need at least 3 days before starting new dreads. If you wash daily, then you need 2-3 days after finishing new dreads to clean your hair and get rid of old knots tangle locks at home chemically stripped. Reversing braids by cutting off the ends and letting some out is only effective for 1 time (be it every day). 

After that, any excess ends need to be cut completely. If this was not done all previous work in getting into the braid through twisting may become undone if done properly.

Chemically stripped: 

Wash your scalp and hair to get rid of old dirt, and shower to remove all chemicals from the body. If you have dreadlocks cut with scissors beforehand, then use a clean pair of combs as well. Sit under hot running water for 10-15 min or so till there is no more soap left in the comb (though it may seem burning, just keep going) then rinse using shampoo. 

After which, dry the dreads. Do not remove your comb yet but sit in front of a clean towel and remove all mats out easily using various methods ( frontal, backside, etc.)


First, you need to first start basic knots with rows then finish it up by putting locks at regular intervals (usually 2-3 centimeters apart each) You can expect 3 days for new braids while 4 or 5 if they were spaced a little further apart or possibly more if you have thick locks and/or knot formation in braids.

Fusion/proud lock dreads: 

Generally, it will take 12-15 days for the hands-down look of fusion-styled dreadlocks to be done. It all depends on how drastically fastidious the new styles need to be given that strands needed from every part of the hair that was braided are also taken into account (if roots are not taken then the desired dreads or even fusion will be lost very fast).

If however you have a tub of hand-twisted starting points and after realizing that it isn't what you wanted, cut off all old tags completely without putting in any locks. It won't take long to trim them down properly. I don't understand why people always think they can lock their recently washed hair before drying it rather than not doing so at all!

How Long Does It Take Hair to Lock? 

Hair on a man is faster than the hair on a woman. This is because men are the ones who usually have more and thicker roots that last longer even if it doesn't grow to be 2 inches when you visit them. Women tend to put care into their locks all of which so no matter how quickly they sprout. 

They don't reach at least half an inch before being dry, pliable, and less likely straight but not dangerous after 2 days. With shorter guys, you are more likely to have a small amount of hair loss in your first month or so. If you don't get started very fast, it won't be faster than 3-4 months (and about 6 for long/thick stuff).

How long does hair take to grow? 

It depends on the amount of care it has taken, where you go for your loss, and if you ever put anything into it. The average time is 3 years or longer (more so with hand twisted than other styles). 

If done properly, a few people only need 1-2 months while others may wait up to 4 years. Even though some have different methods/carefulness, overall I find it takes about 4-6 months to create a nice locks look and can take up to 2 years in total (time the hair will be good ).

The amount of time your hair needs depends on how you take care of it. The first thing anyone should do is wash their locals often enough that they get clean at least once per month or every 5 washes if not more (2 weeks maximum). You must always keep the scalp clean and moisturize the hair with natural oils (like avocado) before washing it. 

There is no reason to let your hair sit unwashed for more than a month or 2 at most, as long as you wash once per 5 washes when dirty. Locs that don't get washed regularly will start growing slower and you may want to do some treatments like Co-Wash.

After they have grown to a certain length and are flowing well in the style, it only takes an average of 3 years with proper care. Some can take as little as 2 or more (they will just be coming out differently). Losing hair is not bad at all, but once you start dying/fading them you could lose many months’ worth of progress regardless of how new growth is starting soon!

You need less time when growing locks slowly. This means you would be growing locks with your hair for 2 or 3 months every application. Your goal is to grow at a pace that your hair meets halfway between where it already starts at 1 year (lots of subs) and stops by 4 years (most people). 

When creating these kinds of installs, you want the first splits to hit right around day 10 or 11, and even then not everyone will make similar progress throughout their training. In your case, take an average of at least 5 months to reach that point. If you have more progress than this on your hair (or if they are just slightly longer than others), then it could go faster.

Average splits will be 3-4 inches or so before the final split and 4-5 after with a 68-inch natural rope really estimating about 3 1/2 years minimum for real long-lasting gains. To start off let the hair go through the first single until your scalp flakes a little bit, then it's 3 months. Once that splits at one strand, you split 2 or pin your hair just to get them growing quickly again in case they have memories of splintering and so on when falling asleep/waking up naturally.

Can You Make Hair Lock Faster? 

Yes, but not fast enough to saturate your whole head within 2 years if you plan to get them pulled out with no trims towards the end.  If it takes 3 months for every trim or more after starting a new loc train, there are usually better ways of obtaining growth/progress and keeping up at this rate ( unless you like over-the-top or unidentifiable results ). 

Learning how long should take for different results was a problem I had with people who aren't teachers studying to get their license. They would leave out tiny daily or weekly splits like at day 6, 7, and 8 till 3-4 months later, then find the answer might be 12-13 weeks of hair growth for localized gains (for example around an inch for every month on average). 

Some instructors have liked averaging 2 1/2 years just because they were getting bored too quickly with the same speed of growth they had seen before. But if you want to know on time like accuracy, this sum would usually give more accurate results. 

Starting off a new loc train with higher than average splits for them grows faster but can look choppy and messy in the middle as it jumps back and forth 3-4 inches from the scalp area. I typically allow 1-2 months (around the time when they begin to show actual splits) and then trim those that are too short before the end of my second month. Localized gains like forehead or chin are nice, but it's not much longer than 6 inches from scalp. 

You will still make many local increases as you start a new loc train. I'd think about timing for until 3/4ths maximum length if you're in 2+ years but don't have many options to work with (the pattern also can look more natural if you trim every 8 days instead of 10). Then when they are back at around 2-3 inches, maybe in a week or two just spend that time on 

  1. Correct your patterns for where and how their hair grows at the top. You need to cut and see where split ends appear. If your locks experience choppy growth as I described above, trim those sections first with a straight razor. That's just to find the source of the choppy part (if split ends are coming from outer areas at the top). 
  1. Fine-tune your patterns, try again. Try it out by cutting down some new cuts and timing them back when they're still 6-8 inches long as before you started using glue guns or not yet used this length patterns which you share with me. Pattern fixing and fine-tuning is a process of repeating your steps to achieve the appearance you want instead of just a random loc pattern. 
  2. Using variables such as 1mm bands, retention product, or oils for those that need hydration but still see little or no curl gain from using them alone. OR Temporary extra patterns even with retention product. 
  3. Use pre-patterns for some people and let them grow back to the desired length with the use of glue guns. Then use temporary bands only when you want growth at that length (like legs).   Just be careful not to overdo it. You might need to delay your loc pattern maintenance in case this option doesn't work well for all loc wearers in the future. Maybe use this pattern for shorter lengths until you can shorten it. 
  4. Trimming your locks on a more regular schedule closer to the end of their length, but only when they're about 2-3 inches long. If you cut your hair just after 6 weeks and keep on cutting every 4 months... Your hairs will keep growing till around 10 inches or longer from now onwards by which time ALL cuts start looking choppy and uneven.

 I know this can be very daunting at first, but any visible unevenness you've got due to cutting is perfection! Don't defeat yourself over it, just keep trimming your locks like this less often till they're exactly the length you desire. You'll get better results faster.

If you cut much shorter than 2-3 inches (or longer than 6 weeks)   you won't need any of these strategies and may even benefit from long hair.

  1. Using elastics as locks are growing out. Do you remember stylists who use 1mm, rubber bands, to tie your locks before they reach the desired length? It cuts down on maintenance costs and makes them a lot more easy to maintain without annoying elastic deposits everywhere. If you see any scars then suggest this method too!

The best starter loc style can be done when your hair is recently wefted (like in a month) and they're lying down flat on your shoulders. They usually fall rather thickly towards the face, which gives you more length to work with than if they were up higher. 

Can also add elastics behind them so that some give is still felt as circulation/freshness even blended with rounded ends creating the illusion of longer stuff.

You can do this for any length, I suggest about an inch shorter than the usual lengths your natural locks grow at. You won't need the last step if you're serious about making them look even and feel more grown-out!

Even if you're in the process of growing you’re locked out, these little tips will help to keep them looking long and healthy.

  1. Invest in a good conditioner & leave-in treatment like Kinky Curly Knot Today Cream/ Leave-In Treatment or Ouidad Smooth Operator Style Milk for thick coils, volume & thicker hair this would even work for application on less than 24 hours length hair!  
  2. Use a gel-like L'Oreal Castor oil or something similar (no silicone). 
  3. Dry hair with a low volume, ceramic/starched iron which doesn't create frizz even if you turn it on high temperature. This can also be done in your night shower when the water won't leave any residue behind!  
  4. Wear 100% cotton tees that pull of moisture and hold medium to low-sized patterns of hanging materials especially when it’s supposed to heat level straightened. 
  5. Be consistent and stick with what works! If your hair is not doing well after a day, go back the next day. Try everything you can under different weathers (hot, cold) until finding things that work for you! Avoid settling into a routine this will ruin your locks if it's too difficult or uncomfortable in any way then move on. 

When you're done with your locks it will be the start of something new and exciting, I've grown some really special pieces for myself that take us to another level both mentally & physically. It's also one of the most rewarding things I have accomplished as a young adult, what should we do next?

So obviously you'll know if it's a small amount of bristle or not, so all you want to do is try hair's natural lifespan. The best way I can describe this to the person who has zero locks (hangnails possibly) is when your split ends are very new no traction and still in the skin you're most likely hanging around 18-24 months old and they will kick off it's a normal sign of the lock state. 

Hair needs to have traction before the bristle can start appearing, this takes your first split open a long time after 3 or 4 years if you've had braids (comes back again) its quite obvious that growth begins after 6 -8 years because its way too late in his hair growth for pinches.



The roots of dreadlocks can be found in the history of African hairstyles. These hairstyles were used to distinguish the tribe members from each other and give them a sense of pride and identity. Today, these hairstyles are worn by many people for religious or spiritual reasons, but it is also common for young men to have these hairstyles as part of their fashion statement.