- They're time-consuming to install. Unless your stylist has a way of cutting the time short, like Dabs of Savvy Chic Hair and Beauty Hub, get ready for at least 6 hours of work done on your head.
- They take some getting used to. When you first install them, they are pretty hard and uncomfortable. It takes a few days or even up to 2 weeks for them to loosen up. It took about a week for me to sleep comfortably after I had mine installed.
- They can be heavy, which could have damaging effects on your hair. Mine are quite heavy - I was told to do a fewer number of strands but I was stubborn and insisted on 80-85 strands. Because they're heavy, it puts a strain on my neck when I try to pack it up in a bun or updo. My advice would be to go for thinner, shorter strands.
- The locs can loosen and unravel with time, so make sure you keep an eye on the tips.
- You still have to take care of your scalp by cleaning and oiling, and spraying your hair to get some moisture into your own natural hair.
- If you burn the tips of your locs, wear clothes that will not get caught in the burned ends. I almost ruined a new dress because the fabric was really light and I wore it a few days after getting the locs in. This also applies if you attempt to cleanse your scalp with cotton wool or wipes - unbeknownst to me, little frizz balls of cotton wound up all over my head!
That's all I can think of for now. I know it all seems negative, but I am having fun with the locs (they have this exotic flair to them) - if I wasn't at all, I would have taken them down a long time ago.
Have a lovely weekend.