February 04, 2013

Tighten Locs: 2 pt. & 3 pt. pattern





I made a video to demonstrate how I interlock my new growth using the 2 point and 3 point pattern.  You can go in any direction just as long as you follow the same pattern:

Example:
2pt: N,E, (counts as 1 full rotation)
3pt: N,W,S (counts as 1 full rotation)
4pt: N,W,S,E (counts as 1 full rotation)

If you still have more new growth to tighten, then just reverse what you did:
Example: N,W,S...then back through..(W) and finish on (N).
If you don't reverse and start all over instead, then you'll create a hole in your loc.

Correct way: N,W,S....W,N.
Incorrect way: N,W,S...N,W,S (if you end on S and start on N, you're inserting through the same direction twice and you'll create a hole).
Hope that helps and doesn't confuse you. :-)



19 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Dew, your first lock you did 1/2 rotation correct? (you wrote n,e,n,e counts as full rotation) but then I don't understand the 3 pt because you did n,w,s and said on video that it was a full rotation but you wrote that n,w,s,w was a full rotation. Can you clarify please. Thanks.

dewdrop said...

Hi Anon,

I really appreciate your comment because I wasn't sure if I had communicated my instructions clearly. Thanks so much for your feedback, and just know that I went back and edited my information. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification, Dew. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Lovely locs Dewdrop...
I have about 280 micro braidlocs tht were started abt 2 months ago. I've retightened twice with a latch hook so far...the first was a 3-point and the second was a 4-point (E,S,W,N) and I think I messed up somewhere. I'm a DIY'er with "type 3c,4a" thts somewhat thick. Which rotation would be better for me or which would you use.??

dewdrop said...

@Anon: Thank you. Congrats on starting your new micro BL journey! The pattern of your choice is based on how thick or thin you would like to have your locs. 4 pt. will create a tighter loc and 3pt. will create a somewhat thicker loc. The 3pt. allows more space for your hair to mesh and coil than the 4 pt., so it really depends on what size locs you would ultimately like to have in the end. Do you have a preference?

Anonymous said...

Thank you.! And I would like to have the best of both worlds, locs tht are both tight and full *sigh*. I suppose I should go with a 3-point...it's tighter then a 2 yet fuller then a 4. Locs similar to Blaqkofi's would be nice.! But jst with a tad bit more fullness...what do you think.??

dewdrop said...

@Anon: You're welcome! It sounds like you have a good idea of what you would like to do with your locs, and you know what would work well for you. As long as you're happy with the process and the outcome, then you should be just fine. :-)

Anonymous said...

do you think its a good idea to start locs with a 2 pt rotation? or do you think its best to start with the 4 pt and then use the 2 pt to do a retighten?

Sarah said...

Hey! I just found your blog and thanks so much for posting so many great tutorials! Do you have any specific recommendations for loc maintenance for kids? My 5 year old is about 6 months into her braidlocs and they are still super fuzzy. She has very thin hair, so her locs are about 1.5-2cm and still very thin. I try to tighten every 4-6 weeks but am afraid they will never fully loc or look well done. Thanks for your help!

dewdrop said...

Hi Sarah! You're welcome. I would think that maintenance would be the same for kids. Fuzz is part of the process before the loc fully matures, but if it becomes an issue than you can sew in her loose strands into the shaft of the loc. I have a video that shows you how to do this in case you're curious. Locs take time to mature and your texture determines the length of time. It sounds like you're doing a great job so far with consistently tightening her locs, and with patience and time they will mature.

Anonymous said...

If you have really fine micro locs, is the 2 pt method a good idea?

Dewdrop said...

Hi Anon,

The 2pt method may be used on any size loc. The only difference is the 3pt. or 4pt. pattern creates a more cylindrical shape than the 2 pt. However, the 2pt. allows for more expansion and meshing to occur which can create a thicker loc as opposed to a tighter loc.

Britny Edwards said...

Hi! Great post!

I have a question about the 3 point pattern, how does it look if you have to repeat it several times from N W S?

I get that you have to go N W S then W N. Do you go W S from there and W N again?

Thanks!

Dewdrop said...

Hi Britny! Thank you! Your starting point could begin in any direction (i.e. WSE, or SEN) so you could start with WSWN as long as the 3pt. pattern is maintained. The loc will appear a little fuller since it has more room to mesh and is less constricting unlike the 4pt. Great question!

Jay Jay said...

Hi. I am thinking about locing my hair starting with 2 strand twists. I plan on interlocking using the 3pt method to maintain them (since I want 'thicker locs). I am a bit confused. Can you tell me if this technique is correct? I know u said it doesn't matter which direction you start, so this is just an example:

WSN SW SN SW SN? Is that correct? If not, can you tell me the pattern using the exact example pls?

Also, if a complete rotation cannot be done, does it matter?

Dewdrop said...

Hi Jay Jay. A basic 3 pt. pattern would be W,S,W,N (this is one rotation with West as your starting point, and North as your ending point). Does this make sense? Also, if a complete rotation cannot be done, then it's best to leave it and wait until you have more new growth. Here's a tip, if your starting point is the same for all your locs, then you'll know where to pick up next time in case you have an incomplete rotation with one loc. Sometimes it's not as visible, depending on how your hair locs, if you miss a full rotation. I hope this helps. Let me know.

Jay Jay said...

Thanks for your response. I appreciate it. However, I am honestly still lost. When I think about a 3 pt rotation I think about 'entering' the loc 3 times only...so WSN was understandable, but that's not correct it seems. I hope I'm not pestering you, but I have a few more questions based on the wswn (or any other combination using the 3pt method):

1) why go through w twice?
2) if there is more than one rotation (using wswn) , how would I start and finish the 2nd rotation? Would it be wsw? But then when enough 'new growth' is present to interlock again, wouldn't starting at w in the wswn method create a hole....since you would have entered w twice? (You had said it's best to keep the combination you started with throughout)

Thanks :-)

Dewdrop said...

Hi Jay Jay. You're welcome.
1) The rotation is based on the pattern created, not the number of times you insert the tool in a certain direction. WSN looks like this: Insert from the left, insert from the bottom, insert from the top. If you do it this way then you'll create a hole/gap in your loc and it will show as it grows out. WSWN prevents a gap from forming: insert left, insert from the bottom, insert left again, insert through the top. A 3pt. pattern will create this perpindicular shape: ( -I ). A 4 pt. pattern creates this cross shape: ( + ). I hope that makes sense.
2) Let's use your example. Whether you begin on W or S or N, as long as you end and start on that same side of the loc then you'll be fine. i.e. you can do the 2nd rotation with wsw, and with your next reti you can start with n and go n,w,s,w since you ended on W last time. I'm happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to ask for clarification. It's my pleasure. :-) I hope this helps. Let me know!

Jay Jay said...

I understand! Thanks so much :-)