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The Dos And Don’ts Of Having Locks

While I’m still on the fence about whether or not I wanted to make my Faux Locks a permanent part of my life I am still looking into the word that is Dreadlocks. While there are countless and countless posts on the natural hair blogs about the do’s and font’s of loose natural hair, locks have a few rules/stipulations that you should heed warning to. Whether you are transitioning into locks, have baby locks or you’re fully into your adult loc’d stage, here are a couple of do’s and don’ts you are going to want to pay close attention to.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Having Locks


Keep Your Hair clean: The large misconception that people with Locks don’t wash their hair is not only disgusting but it is ridiculous. If you have locks or are considering having locks you can and should wash your hair. That is the basis of a healthy scalp and healthy growing hair. In the beginning process you may not wash as often as you used to, but you most certain can and SHOULD wash your hair.

Have Natural Hair: I know this should go without saying but … relaxed hair is almost impossible to lock. You should have 2-3 inches of natural hair before you start your Lock process.

Deep Condition: As shocking as the “wash your hair” do is, I’m sure deep conditioning also comes as a shock. The best locticians know how important it is to have regular deep conditioning treatments. This makes the basis of your locks stronger and keeps your locks moisturized.

Moisturize/ Oil your Scalp: Dry Locks are not conducive to growth and health. A spray bottle with a great moisturizing mix and a light oil for your scalp are two things you should definitely invest in. I highly highly highly recommend the Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil as your oil of choice (discount code: TRESSES). Trust me it is Loc approved!

Trim Your Ends: Even though you do not have free natural hair lock’d hair still needs to be taken care of including the ends. Depending on the look you are going for the trimming can happen at various scheduled times. Especially if you are dying your hair the ends will frazzle a bit more than usual and trims would be a great asset to your hair care regimen.


Overwash/cleanse: Do not confuse washing your hair as over cleaning, there is a difference. Free natural hair needs more washing than with locks so breaking the cycle of washing your hair every week or every two weeks is all that it takes. Locks should be washed once a month and in the beginning process once every 6 weeks. Speak to your loctician before you decide to start your solo cleansing process.

Homemade DIY treatments: Avoid homemade DIY treatments including avocado, honey, eggs…etc. All the stuff that naturals rave about in their DIY home made treatments is what you should really avoid as a lock’d up beauty. Instead speak to your loctician about treatments that you should use for your locks.

Keep your hands in your hair: Do not keep your hands your hair. It can be difficult even with a free natural hair, our hands in hair syndrome. The more times your hands are in your hair the harder it is to lock and will cause unwanted frizz. Keep  your hands occupied with other things and out of you locks.

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