Lint…and how to deal with it in your locs

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I’ve been wanting to do a post on lint in a while but something always stops me. I think it is how insignificant a speck of cotton, fabric or other fibrous substance can be. Then it hit me…lint is one of the biggest public enemies of locs.

If deeply embedded into the loc, you can weaken or unravel that spot along the loc shaft trying to remove the lint. And lint is an image problem. Nothing says unkempt than a loc’d head full of lint. Here’s how to deal…

  1. There’s surgery. You can use your fingers, tweezers, or what ever is fine enough to work it out. Again, as I said above, it could disrupt or weaken the cylindrical shaft of your locs. This method is tenacious, but effective.
  2. There’s apple cider vinegar. Rinsing with ACV can remove lint from locs. Some say that it even brings the lint to the surface. Mix water and vinegar together and saturate your locs with the solution. Scrub each loc while massaging it through. Follow up with a warm-water rinse and dry with a lint free towel.
  3. Tie it up. Making sure that your locs are tied up at night is the #1 thing you can do to stop lint.
  4. Color it. Lint may be so entrenched that you many need to color the lint to match your hair color. When all else fails, dyeing your locs is one solution. Another: a box of permanent markers. Using brown or black, color the loc shaft areas that contain lint until it’s undetectable.

Find the right method, and remember, lint is manageable.

Dont forget to get volumes 1 and 2 of our printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Editor
Loc’d Life Magazine

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