You asked, we answered. The Loc’d Life Regimen for locs. What is it? Your tried and true products to get you from shampoo to shampoo effortlessly with style and beautiful locs….
- A good shampoo. Locs need a good shampoo that doesn’t promote buildup, lathers easily and isn’t drying, Castile soaps are good. African Black Soap also works well. Try Shea Moisture’s Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo. It lathers well, and rinses clean.
- A quick conditioner. For me, this is optional. However, in drier climates or times of the year, you need all the help you can get! Try Jamaican Mango and Lime’s Protein Conditioner. It’s a quick conditioner for locs that leaves them soft. When choosing a conditioner, watch out for detangling formulas. I have found that the ends of my locs unravel if the conditioner works too well! Don’t forget hot oil treatments for this step, too.
- A loc oil. Apply a small amount after towel drying. Locs will still be wet. The oil will help seal in moisture as they dry. You’ll want an oil that can get to the scalp and throughout the shaft of each loc. Avoid mineral oil and petroleum, and if you go to the beauty supply store, that’s hard to do. Go to health food stores and online for more natural alternatives. Try Aikay Naturals Naturally Unique Loc Oil that has a blend of several essential oils.
- A Twist and Loc gel… For loc maintenance and grooming your new growth, a good loc gel is key to maintaining your roots. These range from lighter water-based gels to those with more binding agents (such as beeswax) to help “fuse” new growth and groom locs depending on your hair texture. Yes, beeswax does lead to buildup. However, some finer textures may need a little more help than course, thicker ones. Just watch for how much wax is actually in the product. Gels work even better when you sit under a warm hooded dryer afterwards to “seal the deal.” Organic Root Stimulator’s Lock & Twist Gel is a staple.
- …or a Loc Butter. Loc butters tend to have more of a oily content, as the’yre either shea butter-based or have other ingredients such as mango or illipe buters. These help lock in moisture and also help groom each loc. Like gels, these, too, may have binding agents for more finer textures. These also work well with a hooded dryer. Try Naani’s Naturals Aromatherapy Lock’d Down Dreadlocks Butter.
Guys, this regimen works for you too. If the above fragrances are too much for you, there are plenty of “He-Man” scents out there—just look around. Other tips: tie or wrap your hair up at night with a silky scarf to avoid the frizzies and dryness. Use oils between shampoos to help retain moisture, too.
Last week’s post, “What does it mean to be loc’d?” gave me some very insightful comments. Please keep your comments coming this week, too. I got some great ones in last week. Comment below. Happy loc’dom!
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