Starter Locs: 2 to 3 weeks
Mature Locs: weekly or personal preference
Waiting too long between shampoos is unhealthy for both your hair and scalp. Cleanse regularly with a sulphate-free shampoo, preferably one that is designed to cleanse and moisturize natural hair. This will help avoid product build-up while maintaining your hair’s appearance. You can also follow a shampoo wash with a conditioning rinse.
Tip: Be careful to let your locs fully dry with moisturizing mists, which are a great way to moisturize the roots and penetrate the loc shaft. Keeping your locs wet too long can cause mildew.
Condition as needed.
Condition or Deep Conditioning means you are adding moisture back into the hair that is removed by daily activities and some styling products.
Heavy, creamy conditioners are great for moisturizing on those without locs, but will soften and break down locs. This can result in weak spots in the loc shaft that will require repair or cutting.
Tip: Instead, use an oil treatment with heat or a hair steamer to help penetrate each loc without breaking down the texture. I recommend once a week, or everytime you wash your hair.
Use Light Products.
Because of the natural binding nature of locs, it is important to choose products that do not create buildup or attract dirt and lint. When choosing products for locs, remember to choose ingredients that can be easily shampooed out. Stay away from products that contain large amounts of bees wax or petroleum, which both are very difficult to remove completely. In fact, beeswax is so high in density that it requires fire to break down properly.
Tip: Light botanical, leave-in conditioners, light oils, and clear gels that do not dry hard or leave residue will allow your locs to stay clean and healthy.
Protect Your Locs at Night.
It is important to cover your hair at night to not only maintain moisture, but also avoid lint getting trapped in your locs. Once lint becomes embedded in your locs it is very hard to remove or camouflage them.
Tip: Use a satin or satin-like material as a head wrap or pillow case in order to maintain the health and appearance of your locs.
Natural Products you can use:
Silk Spa Creations Black Soap Shampoo (Coming Soon!)
Dr. Bronner’s Soap (Lavender or Peppermint)
Shea Moisture Shampoo
Whole Foods Tea Tree Shampoo (If you cannot find products listed above)
Silk Spa Creations Hair & Body Oil Mist
Vitamin E and/or
(Natural oils work best for conditioning locs, The more natural the better, massage desired oils on scalp, for best results, do this before bed and wrap hair with satin head wrap).
Light products to re-twist:
Silk Spa Creations Lite Gel (Coming Soon!)
Organic Root Stimulator Loc & Twist Gel
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Taliah Waajid Loc it up Gel
All Products can be found online, and/or Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target, Walgreens, Beauty Supplies Stores (Sallys). For Silk Spa Creations Products you can go to: www.silkspacreations.etsy.com Subscribe to our new newsletter for upcoming products and specials!