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FAQ | Small Traditional Locs

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FAQ | Small Traditional Locs

Small traditional locs will always be the size of a chopstick, while the medium ones will be about the size of a pencil and thicker locs about the size of a marker. Small locs is one of the dreadlocks styles that is loved for its unique appearance.  

There are three major types of locs that fall into the category of small locs. Three major types include:


Sisterlocs are the smallest locs pr thin dreads ranging from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch. They are extremely thin and can be measured as the size of a thin yarn in terms of thickness. With such a small diameter, the locs are high-maintenance and take more time to retwist. 


Microlocs fall between the sisterlocs and traditional locs. They are larger than sisterlocs but smaller than traditional locs. The locs are as thin as shoelaces or drinking straws. Microlocs vary in their thickness.  

Traditional small locs:

Last but not least, traditional small locs are comparatively larger in diameter than sisterlocs and microlocs. They range from the size of a chopstick to a Sharpie marker. 

This article will answer some frequently asked questions about small locs, especially sisterlocs. This blog will help you learn more about locs and clear your brain regarding small locs. 


Can we combine small locs to make bigger locs?

Yes. This is a great idea to combine and merge small locs into bigger locs. Many celebrities and artists with locs have combined their thin locs into bigger locs. The locs look different and unique as their diameter changes and don’t fall into any categories. 

Small locs with minimal diameter are not easy to maintain, so the individuals who want to make them thick can easily merge them into thicker locs. In addition, the thinner locs require many struggles, so if you make your locs journey easy, convert your lean locs into thick or medium locs.

How long does it take to retwist small locs?

The retwisting time for thin locs depends on several factors, such as the locs thickness, length, and the retwisting technique. Usually, short and thin locs take 4-5 hours to re-twist. If you are a beginner, expect it will take half of your day as thin locs take a lot of time.

Furthermore, ensure you retwist the locs every two or three months to keep them in good condition and shape. Regarding the retwisting of locs, the grip method is best for retwisting thin locs.

Can we mix sisterlocs with traditional locs?

Yes, mixing different types of locs with almost the same diameter is quite common. Thin locs and traditional locs share the diameter. There are several reasons individuals with locs mix sisterlocs and traditional locs, such as the complex matrix of sisterlocs. 

Sisterlocs being the smallest in diameter, look beautiful, but they need interlocking to merge into medium locs. One more reason is the interlocking, which is quite challenging. Interlocking is performed to install and retwist the thin locs, which is a time taking process.

Sisterlocs and other small locs are pretty expensive to install. They range from $1200 to $1500 for installation charges by a professional. In addition, their retwisting charges are half the price, making this hairstyle quite expensive to carry. This is one of the reasons that people with individuals try to mix sisterlocs with traditional locs. 

In addition, it is pretty challenging to maintain sisterlocs without any professional help. So, undoubtedly, it is a great solution to transform sisterlocs into traditional locs for all the good reasons.   

What is the biggest challenge with small locs?

Small locs being small in size, need a lot of time and attention. The locs are considered high-maintenance locs. One of the biggest challenges with small locs is that the roots intertwine. Keeping the roots from tangling is one of the struggles.

Moreover, the constant struggle to ensure the locs are separated is arduous. Another huge challenge is to avoid ripping off the locs during their care and maintenance. The locs are thin and small, leaving the hair brittle and light. Furthermore, the time in the retwisting of locs also makes it frustrating to manage sisterlocs. So, considering all these things, one must think twice before starting the sisterlocs. 

Do sisterlocs break easily?

Sisterlocs are thin in diameter, but they don’t fall off or break easily. If you have coarse hair, you can rock them well. But, with the bad diet, lack of quality proteins and vitamins, and inadequate moisturization, the locs become brittle and hard, prone to fall or break easily. 

How to get locs like someone else?

It is to be noted that everyone has a different experience. Every individual with locs will have a different locs journey. People who install locs have some hair goals in their minds which they accomplish with constant struggle and effort. But getting locs like someone else’s dreadlocks is impossible. 

It is impossible for some reasons, such as different individuals having different hair textures and hair types. So, you can get an idea about locs and their pattern from the Instagram pictures, but you can’t get locks like someone else. 

Can you take out small locs?

It is challenging to manifest. First things first, dreadlocks are a long-time commitment to your hair. If you are thinking of starting and ending the locs in a while, you must rethink your decision to start locs. 

Installing locs comes with quite a lot of struggle, time, research, and expenses. If you think you will not be able to maintain small locs, you must consider other types of locs that fit your lifestyle. 

If you want to rock locs for a short time, a great alternative is available: locs extensions. Look for extensions that match your natural hair and rock locs temporarily. 

Final words:

To sum up, locs is quite a lifelong journey as it takes almost two years to get the desired look starting from scratch. Every individual has a different experience with the locs, but small locs are more challenging to maintain. So, one must be mindful of their choice when selecting any locs type. 

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