The idea came to me when my persistent mother first locced her hair, and encouraged me to do it. At age 13, my idea of beauty was long, straight hair, which propelled me to wear weaves. My mother so bluntly told me "you look like an ol' 'oman", and now that I look back at it she was right (sort of)!
I allowed my braids to stay in my hair after they became stale, and I took the new growth and twisted it to start the base of my locs. After about 3 or 4 months of this I was ready to take out my braids and start anew !
Personally, I use Cantu Leave in Conditioner and a slew of Carols Daughter products for my hair!