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4 Must-Have Things to Retwist Starter DreadLocks

What items do I need to retwist my own starter locs / dreads? 

In order to successfully retwist your starter locs, you need to have four main items. In this article, we will discuss the main items needed to retwist starter locs then we  will get into other optional items that will be helpful to you. 

So, you’ve started a loc journey, congrats!. If you started your locs yourself then retwisting will be a necessary skill for you to learn if you are a DIYer like myself. This guide will help you to get off to a great start. 

If you have a loctician then learning about the items needed will function as a back-up should you ever need to retwist your own starter locs or retwist someone else’s. 

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With locs, the most important thing next to the health of your hair, is the form. Your hair will loc once left long enough, there is no doubt about that. But, in order to achieve and maintain a specific form, you will have to groom your hair. If retwisting is the grooming method of your choice then you will need these 4 things in addition to clean hair + scalp.

Related: Tips on how to wash starter locs.

Top 4 things needed to Retwist Starter Locs 

1. Prong Clips 

Prong clips are essential tools for retwisting starter locs.  Starter locs are usually started with only a few inches of hair, so they may be short. Starter locs are also very lightweight. Due to these two things, you will need clips to hold your hair (retwist) in place, until your hair dries. 

When choosing clips, ensure that they are flat. Most people use double prong clips but I prefer single prong clips with no teeth as I believe it will help to prevent any tangle in my hair. 

As your locs get longer and gain more weight, you will find that you no longer need clips and can use a different method to retwist your locs. 

Image of Shanice wearing single prong clips used to retwist starter locs.
Retwist of starter locs –Finger coil method

2. Locking gel

Another important item needed to retwist starter locs is locking gel. Your choice of locking gel can be either homemade or store-bought. I am in the process of creating an in-depth article about the products you can use to retwist, sign up for our mailing list to know when it gets posted.

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Locking gel will not ‘loc’ your hair but it will help you to hold your hair in place, creating the form you want as well as it will help to add shine to your hair. 

Again, as your locs get longer you will realize that you can use less or even no products, if you so decide.

3. Hair dryer 

Drying your locs with a blow dryer or  bonnet hair dryer is essential. It may seem tempting to air/sun dry your locs but please do not do this. Especially if you spend your time mostly indoors.

Not drying your locs properly may lead to mildew in your locs and even flat locs. You will also notice that if your locs are not properly dried then your retwist will loosen.

I personally use a blow dryer, because I only need to get out excess moisture. I have an open balcony and spend most of my time sitting out in the sun on my wash days. 

If you do not like blow dryers then opt for the bonnet hair dryer. A Bonnet hair dryer will dry your locs fast and even, without any extra or extreme heat. Below, I will link an image to a bonnet hair dryer attachment. It is super convenient, all you do is connect it to your blow dryer.

Bonnet Hair Dryer Attachment 

 4. Skill 

The final thing that you need to retwist your locs, is the skill. Retwisting your starter locs is not something you should take lightly. Spend the time to do a bit more research on how to properly retwist and palm roll. There are lots of YouTube videos that you can watch or even courses that you can take. 

Other Essentials needed for retwisting locs

Once you have the top 4 down then you can use these other optional items to make it a bit easier. Ponytail holders will be great to help section your hair. Ensure that you get the ponytail holders without metal clamps to avoid tugging at your hair. A tail comb, will be good for straightening out the parts in your hair. And, a spray bottle to re-moisture your locs as you go along. You should always retwist wet hair. NEVER retwist your hair when its dry.

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That is for now. Take your time, get your materials, learn the skill and have a successful retwist. 

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I will see you in my next one. 

Love, light and peace. 

Shanice D.


Before you go, let’s chat in the comments  – What was your first retwist experience like? 

Shanice DK is a Freelance Writer within the beauty and wellness niche. She enjoys spending time in nature, writing, and crafting handmade items. You can catch up with Shanice on her business website - Or on Instagram @faithnturtles.

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