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At Just Locs, we use a liquid soap called Dr. Bronner’s to wash locs prior to any other hair care process.
Dr. Bronnars is an all natural, organic all-in-one liquid soap, shampoo and moisturizer. I have used this product ONLY for all of my washing needs for over 20 years. This soap is able to penetrate locs for a full and complete clean. It removes residue, oils, and (of course) the dirt that bonds to and through locked hair. For clients who dye their hair, this is the only product I have used that is able to completely remove excess dye which tends to sit on outer layer of locs during the dying process. After washing dyed hair with Dr. Bronner’s, I don’t have issues with access dye on clothing, face or hands.
Clients comment regularly about my use of Dr. Bronner’s. With it’s scent and cleaning power, clients are most impressed with the way their scalp tingles during and locs feel after washing.
Dr. Bronner’s is a castile based soap with an added combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, as well as pure essential oils. It lathers well, and cleans the scalp and locs thoroughly. You can learn more about Dr. Bronner’s by visiting his website: www.drbronner.com.
Holding gel is an important part of the maintenance process for locs. However, a mistake commonly made during this process is the application of this gel throughout the length of the loc. This action (applying gel throughout a loc) will lead to issues with locs that can be avoided.
Once hair is locked, nothing else needs to be done for locs to remain locked. Locs are permanent – although there are some who claim to be able to undo locs – they are created by strands of dead hair knotting together. Once this has occurred locs will stay in place and do not need any chemical, cream, or gel to stay locked. What every person with locs needs to understand is the pores of locs are small. They are so tiny that gel cannot penetrate into the loc and instead rests on the outside of the loc, leaving a residue. This residue eventually turns into a grayish film, causing locs to look dirty.
That all said, gel can be used on new growth when palm rolling locs for maintenance. Only a small amount should be used on clean hair. Be mindful, this gel is really just to hold new growth into place as it begins to lock. As I have said so many times on this blog – it is not the gel that makes the loc, it is the dead hair which knots together that will cause new growth to loc eventually. So don’t overdo it and do not damage locs by applying gels, creams or chemicals that are not necessary.
Maintenance is an important factor in having healthy locs. Part of loc maintenance is the regular palm rolling of new hair as your hair grows. In order to ensure hair continues to loc, new growth must be rolled. The coals created when new hair is rolled is how your hair continues to loc as your hair grows.
The process of maintaining locs may seem to be a simple one, and if done properly it is. The problem is the methods used to manage new growth can vary by loctician. This means, a loctician who does not know how to properly palm roll locs will do more damage than good.
So what is the proper way to new growth? Any good loctician will tell you the only way to maintain locs is by palm rolling new growth. Palm rolling allows new hair to properly coil without pulling the hair too tightly at the root.
It is important that hair not be pulled too tightly while grooming because doing so will pull strands from the root and weaken the loc. Any process that causes hair to pull tight, or break from the scalp will result in locs that are weak at the root – leading to locs falling out.
I got a call the other day from a potential client who asked me if it was true that she could use beer and salt water on her hair to help with the process of starting her locs. For those readers who are not locticians, this may seem like a strange question – but it is not. I get calls all the time about what should be used to help hair lock. The answer is much simpler then many would believe. Nothing. Literally, there is nothing that will help hair to lock.
Let me take a moment to explain how hair locks.
Everyone’s hair sheds daily. When your hair is twisted, those strands of hair that would normally break and fall away get caught in the coil. That dead hair is what causes the hair to eventually lock. Locs are formed by the hair that sheds from your head daily. This fact means you do not need any chemicals, creams, lotions, sprays, etc. in order for your hair to lock. The products that are commonly used during the re-twisting or grooming of locs are used in an effort to make locs look neat. They initially help to keep twist tight, but the hair will lock itself without these products.
So, if you are considering starting locs or looking for products to maintain your locs, it is important to understand that the only thing you need for hair to loc is hair. Any natural remedy (beer, saltwater, vinegar, etc.) will result in drying out and eventually damaging your hair. Making your hair dry and brittle will not help and is actually unhealthy for the hair and locs. When considering what products to use for healthy loc maintenance, get a product that is going to be light and will not leave residue behind that can eventually make your locs look dirty.