Curly girls and guys have the world as their oyster filled with information, products, celebrities and stylists boasting about their beauties. Locs, well, we get love too… sort of. But in all honesty since this curly, coily and kinky movement began I’m starting to feel a little like the step-child in the natural hair industry kinda-sorta-but-not-really acknowledges.
Anyone else rocking locs feel a little neglected? Before I began my journey into loc’d-dom, I was an under-educated loc-star. I washed my hair with whatever was under the bathroom sink, greased my scalp and palm-rolled my hair until my scalp turned white. The sins against my locs have been washed away with a little bit of know-how and deep diving into the thoughts of stylists who have yet to focus solely on the loc wearer.
Those secrets were a mystery until now. Loc rockers, get ready! Here’s a no filter guide on the proper way to wash your locs:
- If you’re locs are in the starting phase or still in their youth-state, avoid heavy washing for a few weeks and instead opt for a dry shampoo that cleanses without affecting the ability of your locs to form.
- Choose a low-lather shampoo without harsh chemicals like sodium laureth sulfates that give shampoo that sudsy feel. Some people rinse first with an apple cider vinegar to cleanse the hair followed by shampoo. Avoid using water that’s too hot and opt for mild and tepid water.
- Avoid “scratching” your scalp which can cause irritation, inflammation and snagging. Instead, gently massage the scalp and gently work your way around and through your locs from top to bottom to remove the hair of residue.
- Don’t pull, squeeze or twist your locs too often or too tight after your shampoo. You don’t want to encourage thinning or breaking. Instead, gently squeeze excess water from your locs section by section.
What are your tips for properly washing your locs?