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Locs’ maintenance is key in growing out long and healthy locs from the early phases all the way to the mature phase. Some of us try to speed up the locking and growth process, but with tricks that only lead to unhealthy roots, locs and tips.
If you’re on the lookout for products to keep your locs well groomed and in place, here are some products to look out for. And by look out for, we mean avoid. Our aim is to ensure you make the best choices when it comes to the health and wellness of your locs, now let’s have a closer look.
Myth #1 Bee’s Wax or honey will keep your locs in Place
In fact, beeswax or honey will keep your locs in place, but will cause so much damage to your locs that in the end you will have to go through a lot of trouble to remove all that wax, it certainly won't be worth it. Some people who use beeswax, gel or honey end up with so much lint and buildup inside their locs that their best option is, unfortunately, to cut off their locs and start all over again. Quick fixes are usually red flags, and in this case, beeswax and other forms of gel are very serious red flags!
Myth #2 The More You Twist the More Your Locs Will Stay in Its Desired Place
For some people, it’s their instinct to keep twisting their locs to ensure the growth stays in the desired place. We know how tempting this may be, but we want to stress how much damage over-twisting your locs can cause. Twisting your locs too frequently will cause the hairs to break, making your locs look thin at the roots and create frizz. It’s not hard to imagine if you twist anything in one direction too much, it will eventually snap! Let’s try and groove into a healthy twisting rhythm that works for your style and your routine.
Myth #3 Sebum Oil A.K.A Never Washing Your Locs
Not washing your locs enough may lead to a foul odor and will certainly add dirt and debris to your young and beautiful locs. Yes, it’s true, sebum oil is an important ingredient for locking your new growth, but too much sebum oil will cause a hefty amount of dandruff, flakes, and dirt on your scalp and inside your newly growing locs. And yes, there is such a thing as too much oil, which can cause your locs to unravel. We absolutely recommend a pre-cleanser for your scalp if you’re trying to extend your time between washes. You can and should have beautiful and clean locs! Taking the natural route can smell deliciously sweet and flowery, if you learn how to use your natural oils in all the right places in all the right ways.
We know how confusing the beginning of any process may be, especially with all this contradictory information floating around the internet and maybe even within your very community. If you’re having doubts about what you should and shouldn’t put in your locs, reach out to your local loctician, that’s the best way to keep your locs looking and feeling their best!
Let us know what natural ingredients you’ve found that work wonders on your locs without causing any buildup or stank in your locs!