Here you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about BRADELOCZ. Featuring an interview with Cherie King who has all the information you've ever wanted to know but never asked.
Hi Cherie! Can you please provide a bio about yourself?
I’m Cherie and I am a (self-proclaimed) natural hair stylist. I was a Cosmetologist for about 7 years and then I got burned out on it. I later became interested in wearing my hair natural and after researching the issues with unhealthiness of relaxers coupled with the underlying reasons many of us feel the need to relax our hair, I decided to provide natural hair services.
During that time, I was also an Internet Marketer (selling products online through affiliate programs). That experience and my experience with hair is how I began writing my own ebooks and selling them online!
What are Bradelocz?
Basically, braidlocs are locs started with braids and they can be maintained anyway the wearer chooses - be it latching or palm-rolling/twisting. Bradelocz are generally locs started with braids and maintained with the latchin’ method.
What made you decide to loc your hair?
Well, when I first explored the idea of wearing my hair natural, one of the first things I saw online in my research was Sisterlocks ™. I wanted them really badly, but could not afford them. So, I began to investigate other methods of locking, but really wanted what Sisterlocks ™ had to offer in terms of styling versatility and the small-sized locs. I found out by corresponding with a woman from a (then) popular natural hair group that I could achieve very similar results by starting with braids and maintaining with palmrolling/twisting. But when the time was right for me to lock, it was just a "feeling" that came over me – I can’t really explain it, but I just knew it was time!
Why did you decide on the Bradelocz method?
I wanted locs that offered me the freedom to wash as much as I pleased without worrying about unraveling. I also (at the time of my decision) wanted them to be thin and have styling versatility but I have since learned that I could have accomplished that with other methods as well.
What process did you use first to re-tighten your Bradelocz?
When I first began locking, I didn’t know anything about tightening with a latch hook, so I attempted the twist/clip method. I maybe did that twice and then decided it was too much work involved in that and perhaps free-forming was for me.
So, I attempted to free-form my locs until I stumbled across the concept of interlocking the roots and later, discovered it could be done with a latch hook.
How long did it first take you to tighten your Bradelocz with other methods (if you 1st used other methods).
I can’t remember precisely, but it was something like a couple of hours I believe.
What is a latch-hook?
A latch hook is a device used mostly in the arts and crafts arena for hooking rugs! But they became a common tool used in the hair industry when braiders began doing the latch hook braids; and now they are becoming popular amongst those who wear locs!
Do all latch-hooks come in one size? If not, what’s the suggested size to re-tighten Bradelocs?
In the beginning, I thought there was only one, standard-sized latch hook. But during a trip to a local beauty supply - one of the other places they can be found besides craft stores, I saw a somewhat smaller one. I use both actually but I mainly use the smaller one for skinnier locs and the standard size for medium to large sized locs.
Do you have any pics on the Latch-hooking method? (Pics of the process...(without exposing too much for those who haven’t read your book?)
I do, but I’d really rather not disclose them because I don’t feel I can without giving away too much...sorry. But here is a picture of the process in a nutshell.
How long did it take you the first time to re-tighten your Bradelocz with the latch-hook method?
It took me about 3 or 4 hours total, although I didn’t do it all in one sitting.
How long does it take you "now" to re-tighten your Bradelocz with the latch-hook method?
Probably about an hour tops. I still normally don’t do it all in one sitting. One of the things I love about this method is that I don’t have to do it all at once. But sometimes I do and that’s about how long it takes me.
What made you consider a latch-hook tool to tighten your Bradelocz?
Well, when I first got started in wearing my hair natural and then in locs, I frequented a lot of hair groups. I remember seeing a very old post by someone who mentioned using a latch hook. I tried emailing that person, but got a returned email and figured they were no longer present on the net.
So, I went out and grabbed one and fumbled around with it trying to figure out how to use it until I found a technique that worked. Prior to that, I had tried with a crochet needle and that didn’t work for me because the hook would always snag my hair when I tried to pull the loc through.
With the latch hook, there is the little "latch" that closes up the hook and therefore, prevents snagging the hairs and it pulls through smoothly!
The COMPLETE GUIDE To Growing Beautiful Bradelocz?
Do You Want To Learn How To Re-tighten Your Bradelocz, Dreadlocks or Sisterlocks with the Latchin' Method?
Well, Cherie King has a guide that offers everything you need to know about starting locs with braids including how to start bradelocz, how to tighten bradelocz using the latchin' method, how to tighten new growth etc. Cherie King offers instructions with photo illustrations + so much more!