I’ve been loc’d now going on 5 years and I’ve wrote about it in a few post back. My goal for this post is to give simple, basic
- Be Patient! This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn about my hair. Locking your hair is a journey and a process that will not happen over night. If you do the tips and tricks I share below, you will thank yourself later. What you do now, you will notice results sooner, rather than later and develop a hair care routine that will moisturize, grow and hydrate your hair. Don’t get discouraged, everyone’s loc journey is different, some hair loc faster than others, others locs grow faster, embrace YOUR loc journey. Hang in there!
- Find a good locktician or natural hair stylist. This is important especially in your beginning stages of growing locs. Have a honest conversation with your stylist about your hair, ask, ask, ask as much questions as you need to, to gain a better understanding of your hair. For example, a good locktician will share small but important details like: the size of your initial twists is a good indication of the width of your final locs.
- Keep your locs clean. Locs thrive in a clean environment. If you are hearing otherwise, you shouldn’t take advice from anyone who is saying this. When you are first starting locs, water actually helps to loc your hair faster. It aids in kinking up your hair for hold, and most importantly it keeps it CLEAN. Once you are fully locked continue to wash your hair on a regular basis. Cleansing is a part of any healthy hair care routine.
- Locs LOVE moisture! Give your locs the moisture it craves, starting from the scalp, down to the tip of the loc. Be careful to avoid products, such as creams and heavy waxes, that can cause build up in the loc. Use oils such as Olive oil to start with as you gain more knowledge about locs.
- Massage your scalp! Massaging is not only relaxing but it stimulates hair growth. You’d be surprised how the simple act of massaging your hair at night for about 5 minutes, will really help you achieve the beautiful locs you desire.
- Don’t retwist your locs to death! Really love neat looking locs? You can still maintain a neat look, but every once in a while give your roots a break. When you constantly twist your roots as tight as you can, you are putting extreme tension on your locs. Continuously putting this amount of tension on your locs can cause your locs to break off. Your edges are especially sensitive and prone to breaking off, so just be careful, you don’t want your hairline to lean back.
- Protect your hair at night. You want to practice good night care of your locs. Lint become attracted to your hair like a magnet, which is why you still want to wear a scarf to protect your hair or you want to use satin or silk bedding. Overtime getting lint out of your hair will become a chore if you continuously sleep without your hair being protected, plus who wants to walk around with lint in their hair?!
- Experiment. Try different ways of cleaning, oiling and styling your hair. Everyone’s hair has different textures and no ONE technique will work for everyone.
- Use natural, simple ingredient products. There are a lot of products out there that are made with just chemicals, and/or “natural” ingredients mixed with chemical ingredients that will strip your hair of its natural oils that is needed to hydrate, moisturize and grow. Natural ingredients, still give you the same benefit as any of the chemical based products but with no side effects and I stated before, simple ingredients because you want to be able to see what ingredients works best in your hair. You can use products like: Our Creamy Shealoe Butter.
- Lastly, Embrace and Enjoy the Journey! Locs is a process and a journey, just as I stated above, take your time and enjoy your hair. You are FREE from chemicals and its liberating to know that you don’t NEED those chemical products for your hair. You can use what God created and get BETTER results from it. Don’t compare yourself with others that are in the in their loc journey as well, my favorite quote is: “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone’s chapter 20.” You don’t know what they have gone through or going through. Your focus is learning your hair and achieving healthy locs!
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