How To Grow Strong Healthy Locs – The 6 Essential Steps
Yes, it’s true. Unlike loose natural hair, locs do not need daily combing and/or brushing. However when it comes to growing strong, healthy locs - like loose natural hair – locs require a consistent regimen coupled with a nutritious protein rich diet.
This article focuses on the latter part of the equation, i.e. the consistent regimen. There are 6 essential things you need to be doing if you hope to grow strong healthy locs.
Locs need daily moisture - from root to tip. This means a liquid like water or a herbal infusion. NOT a lotion. Just pure liquid. You can make your own herbal infusion or you can purchase one from a reputable source. If you choose to purchase a herbal infusion, make sure the first ingredient is water followed by a list of herbs and a natural preservative. Nothing else.
Locs that are not moisturised sufficiently will weaken, become rough, dry and break.
In between daily moisturisation, you need to oil your scalp and your locs. This needs to be done at least once a week. Any pure natural oil will suffice, one of the best being extra virgin olive oil. You can also make your own blend of natural oils in line with your hair’s preference. Natural oils help your locs retain moisture and help keep them conditioned and pliable.
Locs need to be shampooed thoroughly. You can choose to shampoo once a week or once every 2 weeks. At the very minimum you should be shampooing your locs once every 3 weeks.
4. Deep Condition
Like loose natural hair, locs need to be deep conditioned. We recommend you do this after every wash. Apply a natural conditioner or a natural oil of your choice, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for at least 1 hour.
Locs need protein to remain strong and to enable adequate absorption of moisture. Protein can be added via shampoos, conditioners and treatments like henna and fermented rice water rinses.
6. Low Manipulation
When it comes to locs, keep your styling simple. Avoid constant manipulation and pulling that can lead to traction alopecia. Be gentle when retightening or retwisting your hair and keep your retightening or retwisting sessions at least 4 weeks apart. Our hair thrives when it’s simply left alone. Leave intricate styles for special occasions whilst keeping your locs in loose ponytails, buns and/or braids the rest of the time.
If you follow the simple steps above, you’ll surely be on your way to growing a beautiful head of locs.
Remember…locs are LOW maintenance, not NO maintenance.