Here’s our second installment of more gifts and products for you and your locs.
The Loc Soc
Known as the must-have accessory for locs, no loc’d head should be without it. The Loc Soc comes in a variety of colors and patterns to wear overnight to protect your locs from lint and dryness, as a headband, or as unique headcoverings. Get several to rotate them in your wardrobe. www.soclocsoc.com
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps
This is also a staple for loc care. The liquid All-in-One is a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, to create a unique soap that cleanses locs with lots of lather, without stripping away natural oils or leaving any buildup. It comes in a variety of scents like peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, citrus and others. Get a 3-bottle set for the loc’d one in your life.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Set
This 3-piece set features the Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand and Body Wash. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and mint stimulates blood flow to the scalp. A great combination that tingles and leaves your locs and scalp invigorated. www.aveda.com
Make your own Loc’d Life Mix!
Here’s a unique gift: a CD of empowering music to celebrate our locs.Here’s our suggestions (or if you want to wait, we’ll be offering it next year!):
I Am Not my Hair, India.Arie
Golden, Jill Scott
Jammin’, Bob Marley
Appletree, Erykah Badu
Cleva, Erykah Badu
Walking, Mary Mary
Try Jah Love, Third World
Strength, Courage and Wisdom, India Arie
Try these gifts for your loved loc’d ones. They’ll enjoy them.
Loc Q & A
Hi, I was wondering if it was alright if you dye your locs during the winter…my roots are starting to show, and I wanted to dye it back to the original color, but I wasn’t sure if it would damage my locs in anyway.
Coloring your locs to your original color (if it is a darker color) is probably less damaging than lightening them to a lighter color—or lifting the color pigment from the hair. Your loctician can recommend a good product. If you’re doing it yourself and are looking for a natural alternative, try the Herbatint color line. These haircolors are naturally-based with no ammonia, low peroxide, no alcohol, parabens, perfumes, and other chemicals found in other commercial preparations with 100% grey cover. (I have used it in the past with great success.) You can find it at your local health food store, or go online to search for a US distributor, as it is a British product.
Even with a less damaging color, remember to condition as the winter months are really drying to your hair. Hot oil treatments, essential oils during the week, and other conditioning treatments are a must.