The term “semi freeforming”, not a lot of people accept it. Some people frown down upon it. I think one of the major reasons is that there are people that have organic locs. They started without twisting. They just let their locs kind of lock up on their own, do what they wanted to do, as thick as they wanted to be and joint where they wanted to join. Those are organic locs. So for people to say that they’re semi freeforming, freeforming is organic. It’s completely different from someone that manipulated their hair, twisted their hair, crotcheted, did whatever they needed to do to start their locs.
And a lot of people refer to locs even like mine as “fashion locs” because I manipulated them to start them. So even if I go 6 months without retwisting my hair, and my hair is fuller and thicker, I didn’t start my locs organically so the term semi-freeforming for someone who didn’t freeform to start with doesn’t make sense to some people.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about the reasons people will go long periods of time without retwisting their locs and end up calling it semi freeforming.
For me, it was a break from the constant tension on my locs. I actually had my locs retwisted just a few days a go and before that I went over 6 months without retwisting my locs. So all this, I still have my hairline, but if I were to twist my hair or have my hair twisted this tightly every 4 to 6 weeks or 8 weeks or whatever, that would put more tension on my hair and I wouldn’t feel that I was maintaining my hairline, that I was letting it get thick and grow. I wouldn’t want the tension on my hair continuously, the pulling and the twisting. It’s just to preserve my locs, the roots, keep them full, and my hairline as well.
Another thing is the fuller look. When I don’t retwist, as you can see in all my other videos, my hair is bigger and fluffier. And when I do retwist, my hair is kind of like calmer and it feels like braids or braid extensions. And I have nothing against braid extensions, I used to wear them a lot as a loose natural, but I miss my locs sometimes after a retwist. So that full fluffy look is something that other people love for themselves as well. So sometimes they’ll go longer between retwists just go keep their hair full.
Especially if they have fine hair or they hate seeing their scalp and their partings, they’ll go without retwisting to just keep their hair nice and full looking and thick looking.
Another reason is loc maintenance. One common misconception is that people who have locs don’t do anything to their hair and it’s inexpensive and it’s low maintenance. And that really isn’t the case. If you retwist your hair on a regular basis and you go to someone else to get it retwisted, the average loctition — not even a high end salon or whatever — the average loctition here in Toronto will charge between $70 and $100 for a retwist. So that means if you’re going to get your hair twisted every 4 to 6 weeks, that’s how much you’re spending. You’re spending as much as someone who is touching their hair up with a relaxer or a colour or any type of high maintenance salon service.
And on top of that, it’s something that’s not high maintenance alone in cost, but actually the work that goes into it. It takes a lot of time to wash locs, shampoo locs, properly. It takes a lot of time to twist locs or interlock or however you maintain them. So it is high maintenance financially and on a physical level. And a lot of people don’t realize that. So sometimes you do want a break from the money that have to invest. And the actual work that goes into maintaining your locs. So that’s another reason people sometimes choose to stretch or semi freeform.