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What is the difference between having dreadlocks and twists in your head?


  1. Jabbar says:

    The difference between ‘Locks’ and ‘Twists’ are:
    TWISTS are the stage that hair goes through to become locks. Twists are simply bunches of hair that have been twisted together , and look like locks. The primary difference is that twists can unravel- they aren’t permanent. Most people get twists, and keep them in for a few weeks, then have them taken out for a new hair style.Twists are typically shorter in length; they are normally no more than 1 to 2.5 inches long.

    LOCKS on the other hand are the advanced stage of twisted hair. When twists ‘mature’, they began to tangle– the hair is actually knotted at this point. When a twist reaches this stage (after about 6 months), it starts to become permanent. The hair is so knotted that it is ‘locked’ in. Typically, the only way to remove locks are to cut them down to the point where they haven’t fully knotted yet- that means probably cutting the hair down to within an inch of the scalp.

    Twists- Shorter/Temporary
    Locks- Longer/Permanent

    PS. Locks can be short. But typically, if you see really short locks, they’re likely just twists

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