Gone are the days when people thought having locs meant ignoring your hair. Locs care is ever prominent. Although having locs is low maintenance, there are some maintenance tips to go by to ensure that your locs are healthy.
Before we get into how to care for your locs, it is important to know the different stages of locs and some key points to take note of.
Starter stage: this is usually the first 6 months of loc-ing your hair. They're usually small, well parted and generally neat. Washing sparingly during this time helps to keep the locs intact.
Budding stage: this ranges from 6 to 12 months after getting your hair loc-ed. This is when your hair starts to grow resulting in your parts getting blurred. Regular retwists is necessary. Scalp cleansing at this stage is also very important to ensure there's no product buildup over time.
Teen stage: this is the period between 12 to 15 months where the locs become thicker. During this stage, you can experiment a lot with different styles.
Maturity stage: from 15 to 18 months, your locs are now matured. They are longer and thicker and do not need to be retwisted that often.
Rooted stage: between 18 and 21 months, your locs have matured. They're usually long at this point and can sometimes feel heavy. The good thing about this stage is that you can style them however you want.
Now, let's have a look at some important tips to go by when taking care of your locs.
Shampoo your locs
Shampooing or washing your locs is one way of keeping them fresh and doing away from any possible buildup either from products or from your interaction with the environment. Dust and other particles could settle on hair. Washing locs can be done at least once every 2 weeks with the Locs Shampoo which not only cleanses but moisturizes. If you installed your locs not long ago, washing is not recommended as the locs might unravel.
Properly condition your hair
Conditioning locs, although not very popular, is essential. Generally, conditioning hair helps in maintaining its health. There's often a misconception that conditioning, particularly Deep Conditioning Treatment is for loose hair only. If you have on locs, you need to deep condition your hair. Doing so helps in softening your hair whilst providing moisture.
Unlike loose hair which requires a lot of moisture, locs do not need that much moisture. However, locs still need to be moisturized in order to flourish. Using the locs spray and sealing in the moisture with the locs oil and shea butter is the way to go. Moisturizing at least once or twice a week will do your hair good. Oil your scalp as well.
Dry hair well
It's very easy for mould to grow in damp locs. This is where it is critical to draw the line between moisturizing and simply keeping your locs wet. Just like loose hair, we recommend using a micro fibre towel after washing to dry your hair. Don't leave your hair soaking wet. Instead, use a micro fibre towel or an old t-shirt to dry it then use your oils and butters after.
Don't use too much product
It's very easy for products to build up with locs. It is advisable to just just a dime size of products each time. If you can, don't use too much heavy oils. Light oils such as Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil among others may be better options.
As it is with anything else, do what works best for you and your locs. These tips listed above are guiding principles but are not cast in stone. Enjoy the beautiful locs journey. For further hair consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Eya Naturals on +233 204 600 464 or +233 59 237 7008 @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram.
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