“I have been natural for a year now and I love my afro but now it is rather large.  Remaining professional is rather hard with such a pronounced hair style.  What should I do?!! ” 

Many admire the looks that you can create with locks and the low maintenance that come with the style, but they fear the commitment.  You should lock your hair when your maintenance schedule says that you are ready for the change.  Locks take up to 3 months to bud—that’s 2-3 maintenance sessions with your loctician.  If they are skilled, you will have budding locs in 6-8 weeks.  Budding is when you start to feel the first sign of knots and matting.  Your loctician will cultivate the sprouts in the next month and you will be on your way to maturing locs.