This was my very first set of human hair loc extensions done with the twist and rip method back in 2010. My loc extensions were tightly curled in this photograph🥰💁🏾♀️. I was living in Dominica, WI at the time, and had my hair shipped from the US. I was surprised when the hair made it to the island! Thanks @uganda _cultural_art_network 😘😘. My micro interlocks were about 1 year into the locking process and I wanted some length. So I researched a ton of techniques for extending natural locs with human hair and came across the "twist and rip" method. It basically involved braiding or interlocking a piece of hair towards the ends of your locs, doing one rotation of a twist, overlapping the two strands, then splitting both strands into two (the rip). When you repeated this method toward the ends of the extension, it produced a natural looking loc. Back then this was a great way to create realistic loc extensions that were not shiney and heavy, as with the wrapped method. I absolutely loved my loc extensions! But they didn't come without challenges.
1-The extensions blended very well with my natural locs
2- They were versatile and easy to style
3- Very light weight
4- Required fewer packs of hair to complete the style, compared to wrapped loc extensions
1- They swelled quite a bit after shampooing my hair. This would be fine for traditional locs, but my micro locs could not handle the weight when my hair was wet.
2- I braided the afro kinky hair onto my locs which proved not to be the most secure method of attachment, which resulted in locs slipping off. I did not have a crochet hook at the time.
Overall it was a great experience wearing the style! I was able to achieve instant length without the wait, and the extensions looked very natural🥰. The twist and rip method is something I would use again to loc my natural hair without extensions added😊. If you're a stylist, or someone who has locked their own hair, which locking method did you use and why?