Locs for the Little 'uns
When you’ve finally settled into the groove of your locs’ value and care, you may find yourself asking whether or not your children should have locs or not. Is he or she too young? Would loc maintenance be too difficult and tiring to support both your own and now your kids, or would it be easier? What would it signify if your children also had locs, or didn't? These can be questions running through your mind. And if they weren’t, well I guess now they may be.
The Power of Choice
Firstly, you should never underestimate your child’s intelligence or preferences, unless of course he or she is attracted to a more dangerous or unhealthy inclination (but that’s just a disclaimer). Authority can be, and usually is, frustrating for so many of us, we should consider the decisions we make when it comes to our own children’s wants and desires, and understand the root of the our final answer, since in this case we have the power of authority. If your son or daughter asks for locs, or doesn't want locs ask them why they have this preference.
In the case your son or daughter does want locs make sure they understand the tedious process the look requires and encourage them to think it over. If they decide they really do want locs, then why not give it a shot? See how successful the loc’d look works for your child. There are most definitely some 6 year old kids out there who have successfully grown and groomed awesome locs. It’s also a matter of your child’s temperament. Will they have the patience that's involved in the locing process? You know the answer to that better than we do.
In the case they don't want to have locs, but you would like them to loc their hair, you can either respect their refusal, or you can explain to them the importance, or significance which locs can have. With kids, it’s usually how you propose an option to them, rather than the actual option itself. Of course, if you try to feed your child sardines and they can’t stand the smell or the way the fish look, then it really doesn't matter how enthusiastically you offer sardines off the grill, don't be shocked if your tricks and tones are not lucrative, and if they are, well then way to go. But respecting their decision, is well, respectable. Maybe, later on, in a year or two or five they will change their mind.
Age, age, age
Some people loc their children's’ hair at age 3, some at age 5, and some at 10 years old. Many parents are concerned over the permanence of locs and would prefer to wait until their child is around 10 years old and allow them to confidently make that decision themselves. However, there is no right or wrong age to begin the loc’ing journey. Every man and woman with locs have made the decision consciously, whether it's a spiritual drive, a beauty drive, or political drive to go all in for the locs. It’s no easy decision to make, but I guess we wouldn’t be talking about it if it was.
Consider Your Child’s Hair Texture
If you and your child are musing over the decision to go for the locs it’s essential to keep their hair texture in mind. Consider if their hair and hairline are strong enough to hold the locs or if the weight would be too much and cause uninvited breakage and damage. They may end up with far more baby hair than they thought they once had.
Consider Your Schedules and Lifestyles
You may not have to supervise your child’s hair care every day with locs, but the weeks when it’s time to retwist, groom, and maintain new hair growth, you or your child will certainly need the patience and the willingness to keep those locs growing strong and healthy. There is always the convenient, and not so thrifty, option of bringing your child to a loctician, but this is not always budget friendly.
Another object to keep in mind is your child’s lifestyle. Kids are (usually) seriously active and are likely to get lint and other dirt in their locs and may require more maintenance than your own locs. For some active kids it is even a prefered hairstyle, but again, we’re all unique individuals here, no matter the age. What is convenient for one may be a hassle for another.
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