Chellur beautiful people!
I was recently asked to discuss the benefits of a grid pattern when starting locs.
What is a parting pattern?
Parting is separating the hair into different sections. The lines in the scalp are called “parts” and an intentional shape made with those lines is called a “parting pattern”. When people start locs on their hair they will sometimes choose to use a parting pattern for varied reasons.
Before I answer her question, the most common parting patterns are
A Grid Parting Pattern
A grid parting pattern for starter locs parts the hair in boxes of the same size with straight horizontal and vertical lines across the head.
A Brick Parting Pattern
A brick parting pattern for starter locs parts the hair in boxes of the same size but unlike the grid every other row is shifted over 1/2 a box so there are only staight horizontal lines but no straight vertical lines.
A Diamond Parting Pattern
A diamond parting pattern for starter locs parts the hair in boxes of the same size made of straight diagonal lines across the head.
A U-Shaped (Scoop) Parting Pattern
A U-shaped or scoop parting pattern for starter locs parts the hair in curved sections of the same size. The centers are typically not aligned directly on top of each other akin to the brick pattern or scales on a fish.
A Triangle Parting Pattern
A triangle parting pattern for starter locs is the diagonal pattern pattern with additional horizontal parts through the middle of each diamond.
No (“Grab & Go”) Parting Pattern
No parting pattern for starter locs is just that, grabbing sections of hair (similarly-sized or not) without intentionally creating any pattern.
In this video I discuss both the pros and cons of starting locs with a grid pattern specifically.
If you started locs with a grid pattern and have photos or video online I’d love to see them!
Leave your link and any information or additional pros or cons you’d like to share in the comment section below!