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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Small plastic needles for Loc Tightening

 One of my readers (Gale) mentioned that she tightened her locs with a small plastic yarn needle.  So since I had some extra time today, I went into a fabric store.  I found some plastic sewing needles as well as these Super Jumbo Tapestry Needles by Clover Manufacturing Company.

The eye of the sewing needle was smaller than these tapestry needles so I went with the bigger needles since dreadlock retightening was my purpose.

After experimenting with the tapestry needles, I found that the plastic sewing needle would have been better for my smaller front locs.

Overall, I love these plastic needles for tightening of locs.  One still has to be careful not to stitch up an adjacent loc, but there is NO spring clip like the Sisterlocks clip tool that will snap the loc off.

The spring load on the Sisterlocks clip tool has snapped my hair completely off at the hands of a certified Sisterlocks consultant.  It was a starter lock around my hairline.  Hairline hair is always more fragile anyway, but I remember the consultant apologizing about the breakage and continued on using the clip tool through the rest of my hair.

As far as any type of hook tool, one still has to be careful about not adjoining an adjacent loc.

I am pleased that one of my readers mentioned that these plastic needles exist so that I am able to formally share this loc tightening option with you.

For the record, the Sisterlocks clip tool is probably one of the shortest in length as far as loc tightening tools available.

I will continue to add to my collection of loc tightening tools as I grow more loc clientele.

1 comment:

  1. OMG, I'm so glad you tried this, I learned about these from someone on YouTube and I was able to put my nappylock tool to rest. I got mine in a 4 pack from Walmart, I also learned to take a screwdriver or something and put it through the hole and heat the needle with a lighter and you can stretch the hole to the size you want for you locs, also, my needles are straight, so I just cut them to the length I wan, take a nail file to shape the tip. I have fixed 3 of my 4 needles to different sizes and lengths for the different areas and sizes of my locs, but I mostly use the shorter one