How to Care for Your Locs



Since the publication of Hairstory Parts One and Two, I have had many people ask me how to care for locs. I have scoured the internet for tips on caring for my own hair, and the majority of what I have found has been for locing European hair. In this article, I will share some of my tips and tricks for locing black, naturally nappy hair. I would love to hear yours as well! Following are some of the things I do to help my hair grow long, and most importantly, healthy. I am at the "baby loc" stage, have been growing my locs for about 4 months, and my hair is 4 inches long(I started with about 1.5 inches).

Moisturizing:

My hair tends to be very dry if I do not oil it often, and I have not had any problem with regular oiling. My hair is very coarse so regular oiling does not cause any unraveling. You have to experiment and find out what works for you. I use a combination of Wild Growth Oil, and Black Market Products "Infused Moisturizer Spray" to keep my hair moist and shiny. Doing hot oil treatments every few weeks can also keep the hair from getting dry and damaged.
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Shampooing:

I wash my hair every 1 to 2 months. I have been locing for about 4 months so far, and I have seen optimal results by not washing it very often. Washing too often can cause the locs to unravel. When I do wash, I use non-cream based shampoos. I use Salon Selectives "Completely Drenched Moisturizing Shampoo" for dry/coarse hair which completely removes any product from my hair, followed by Let's Dred "Conditioning Shampoo"(Spectrum Inc., PO Box 254, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413), which replaces some of the oils.

Twisting:

I retwist after each shampoo. I use Scories "Natural Elegance Lock Up" to twist the new growth while still damp. This takes about 2 hours, and I hold each twist in place with a metal clip until completely dry. The clips are the key! This is how you get the newly twisted growth to hold. You can sit under the dryer, but I prefer to air dry so that I don't damage my hair by using heat on it.

Other Tips:

  • Always sleep with a silk or satin scarf over your hair, or a silk or satin pillowcase. Other materials leech moisture and promote breakage.
  • Always keep your hair and scalp moisturized, which will decrease itching, flaking, and hair breakage.
  • Never use cream based shampoos or conditioners which can cause build up.
  • Never overtwist the hair, which can cause breakage and weakening of locs.

I hope you will be able to make use of some or all of this information in growing a head of thick healthy locs. If you would like to share your story of growing locs, information, ideas, or tips, please email me!

Our series on Natural Hair continues with...

HairStory Part 1 | HairStory Part 2 | Loc Maintenance | A New Way to Tighten Your Locs! | Get Soft, Moist, Beautiful NATURAL Hair Now! | You Got that Good Hair So... | Contact Kaya

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