December 14, 2009

Video: Tighten Locs w/ a Latch Hook



If you are a Latch-Hook newbie, or, need a visual on how to use the latch-hook tool then this video is for you. I hope that you'll it helpful. :-)

16 comments:

Alaiyo said...

Great video. At some point I know i will become a DIYer

Alaiyo said...

Hi Kalia, quick question. I had my locks installed on Nov 1st and have yet to use ANY products in my hair for fear of putting the wrong thing in it. I just spritz with water. Any suggestions on what products I can use in my hair as a newbie which will not halt the locking process? Any ideas you could give would be useful. Thanks!

Brown ButtahFly said...

Thanks for posting these videos. They are both very helpful.

I've had a latched hook for a while but never used it, however I think I will start using it on my hubby's locks because I heard latching will catch more of the loose hairs around the base. (Is this true?) Also I'm going to try sewing some of the hair that has slipped out of his locks as well. I'm sure he will appreciate it, he doesn't really care for fuzzy locks. Anyhow thanks again, you posted these videos just on time, as it is nearing the time of his retightening session.

Take Care

Kay exquisite said...

Hey, I was just wondering how long it takes you to do your reti's and also I have been trying to post a video on blogger for the past two days and I keep getting an error message any suggestions?

Jessica said...

Hey dewdrop! Great video but I have a question. Do you notice a difference between latching w/ a hook vs. the nappy locks tool? Thanks!

dewdrop said...

@Alaiyo: Congrats on your new locks! If anything I would avoid using heavy oils, creams, grease or pomade because these products can attract dust/dirt/lint. If you absolutely need to use something, then i've read that jojoba oil is good to use because it's light and it's the closest to our natural sebum. Continue spritzing with water, avoid conditioner or creamy shampoos. Clear-looking shampoos are fine, but limit how often you use clarifying shampoos because they can be very drying since it strips your hair of moisture.

@BB: I've heard the opposite was true, but who knows? Try it and if it catches those loose strands around the base then keep using it. Let me know how your hubby's reti session works out for you and make sure to use a sturdy needle.

@Kay: I just finished 1/2 of my reti today actually! One weekend i'll do the front and back locks, so that'll take me a little under 5 hours. The next weekend i'll do the middle locks and that will take me a little less than 3 hours. It takes me that much time because I have more density and more locks to tighten. This is easier for me versus trying to tighten for 3 days in a row in one weekend. I'm not exactly sure, but try checking the size of your video and the format in which you want to upload it. I know that you must select a format based on your video's compatibility with their uploading system.

@Jessica: I haven't noticed a difference only because the pattern is the same despite what tool I use. In my opinion, I don't think it really matters what tool you use as long as you keep the same pattern. Good question!

Felicia said...

Question from a newbie, soon-to-be latch hook user, when you insert the latch hook, do you insert it at the base of the lock and continue rotations until it reaches the scalp, or do you start at the scalp? Thanks for all of your help and these wonderful videos!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dewdrop,

I love all the education you give us. I re-tightening my front with the nappy lock tool in front of the mirrot the entire time. How in the heck do you tighten the back? I've tried three times and it was a mess :-)

dewdrop said...

@Felicia: Good question! You're welcome. Insert it at the base of the lock and do exactly what you said.

@Anon: Visualize the pattern as you are doing it and that should help. That's what I do and I feel my way around the lock's base.

Alaiyo said...

Thanks!

clpoolea said...

Hi Dewdrop!

Thank you for the video! Your locs are absolutely beautiful. I love the texture of your hair. You are indeed a precious jewel! I appreciate you!!!!!!!

Okra n Tomatoes said...

Howdee Dewdrop !!

Thanks for sharing !! Appreciate it !!

dewdrop said...

You're welcome! :-)

@Okra: Your name makes me hungry now because I really like okras.

cheleski(Shelll-skeeee) said...

i think you got a side gig Dr!!!!
I love your skillz! So glad to know ya!

Queen Lioness said...

Hey, Dewdrop - I've been lurking on your page for a while and now that I'm almost a month locked, I really needed this video. My consultant is not available but I need a re-ti for an interview this week. This is the bomb dot com (yes, I'm super cheesy!). Thanks, you super wonderful, awesomely artistic lady!

dewdrop said...

@chel: Thanks! I would need to find people first, lol!

@QL: I'm so excited for you. I hope that your interview is successful.