When young locs mature in kinky hair, they often develop “buds,” which are pea-sized swells of matted hair in the shaft. This is a sign typically found in locs started with comb coils or palm rolled twists, indicating that the hair in the lock is knotting up. Budding in locs is analogous to looping in non-kinky curl patterns, although the former isn’t as visually dramatic as the latter.