Have you ever walked in Target, Walmart or a local beauty supply store and feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you want to buy everything in the store? Or worse did you end up buying everything in the store? Picking products can be a daunting task, can lead to over spending and a bathroom full of half used products. However, when picked carefully and listening to what your hair loves can turn an annoying task into a much enjoyed shopping trip!
Wash and Cleanse
It’s a big misconception that you shouldn’t wash and condition your locs, especially in the early stages of your loc journey. Well, let me be the first to tell you that it is not true! Since locs are so dense they can easily produce buildup and a really bad smell if not properly cleansed. If you still have baby locs and worry about your beauties unraveling have no fear! Before you wash your locs place a stocking cap over your locs and continue with your wash process. Depending on your product use it is best to clarify your locs every two weeks.
- Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Clarifying Shampoo is a perfect natural shampoo to keep your locs and scalp invigorated, cleansed and smelling great! It is formulated to gently alleviate dry, itchy scalp with the help of pure peppermint botanicals.
- Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel Astringent is not only good for your face. People often forget that their scalp is skin and needs to be treated as such. In the time between your clarifying washes your scalp needs a little boost. Thayer’s Witch Hazel with aloe vera is soothing and helps to heal and preserve the skin. Any easy way to use the product is with a Q-Tip, dip Q-Tip in with hazel and gently rub onto scalp in between locs. No need to apply to actual hair. Now your hair has natural touch up until your next wash.
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Condition and Moisturize
Conditioning and moisturizing your locs are very important in your journey. Besides water, the best product for moisturizing your locs, conditioners and leave in conditioners hydrate and nourish your hair throughout the day. Keeping your hair conditioned and moisturized helps keep your hair healthy and resilient to damage.
- Eden Body Work Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner All Natural Conditioner is a super moisturizing conditioner that increases scalp circulation for a refreshed, renewed feeling. Leaves hair soft and full of body. Fortified with proteins to decrease split ends.
- Any conditioner of choice is really ok to use on your locs. It all really depends on your preference of brand, thickness and price. To help reduce the possibility of the conditioner getting stuck between your locs dilute the conditioner of choice with water and apply with a spray bottle.
Twist and Retwist
Twisting your locs is a major part in keep your locs looking neat and sleek. When used properly they can create a lasting hold and help the growth of your locs. There are tons of options out there but here are a few options to help you get started.
- Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel maintain dreadlocks and twists naturally. Long-lasting hold and no build up. Developed from an ancient Jamaican recipe and nourishing natural ingredients.
- Taliah Waajid Lock It Up maintains locs, twists and naturals. Adds moisture and sheen. Holds with no flaking. Defines natural curl pattern
- Shea Butter is a great alternative to store bought loc gels and butter. When mixed with natural oils and used to retwist can reproduce the same sleek results any store bought product can.
Oils are a natural way to maintain oil the moisture you added to your hair during your cleanse and styling of your hair. Unlike the infamous blue grease your mom may have used on your hair when you were a child, oils have natural properties that help with hair growth, strengthen, and fragrance of your hair. Here are a few options of great hair oils and their benefits.
- Coconut Oil stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles. It’s rich in Vitamin E and Lauric Acid. Coconut oil prevents hair breakage and split ends, contributing to hair length.
- Olive Oil is a penetrative oil that is heavy in consistency. Rich in fatty acids that coat the hair shaft which makes it an excellent sealant.
- Oil mix combining a mix of carrier oils and an essential oil of your choice is a great way to protect and add fragrance to your locs. Some good choices for essential oils are lavender, rose, tea tree and peppermint oil.