Contrary to common belief, the growing of locs does not equal the neglect of your hair. Even if you are by choice a Free Former or a subscriber to the Organic Loc method, there is still a tremendous amount of work that goes into maintenance. It is always a wise decision to make sure that the products you use on your hair promote a healthy scalp, hair, roots, follicles, hairline etc… For me, it has been a learning process-one that I am anxious to share with you all, and one that I will continue.
10 Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of my Loc Journey:
- Using creamy shampoos, even when rinsed well, will cause unwanted build-up
- Always use a black towel to dry your hair to avoid visible lint
- ACV rinses erase all of the above listed mistakes
- Black Sharpie markers are great for covering up stubborn lint but probably bad for your hair. (this one might be a toss up)
- Not all proclaiming natural products are actually natural. Even if its jammed pack with other beneficial natural ingredients avoid it if it contains ingredients such as Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol (PG), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Mineral Oil/ Petrolatum,Diethanolamine (DEA), Momoethnanolamine (MEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), anything labeled “______Parabens” or FD & C Colors. Check your products with EWG!
- Styling too tightly or re-twisting the roots too often will damage your hairline
- Brilliant people make loc style tutorials and post them on YouTube (check out the video style of the week here.
- Your scalp and hair both benefit from using Essential Oils that make your hair grow quickly
- Throw out your cotton pillow case. They suck the moisture out of your hair. Satin pillow cases and head scarves will keep your hair from breaking and avoid unwanted fuzziness.
- Do not style you hair while dry, as it will cause breakage, however, do not wrap and go to sleep with excessively wet hair as it may cause your hair to mildew!
Here’s what I would like to know from YOU!: How often do you wash your locs/natural hair?