No matter if you’ve got locs, curls, waves or afro hair, there is a three-step essential hair care routine that applies to everyone. Cleanse, condition, and protect. But we know, a head full of locs will also benefit from specific care that considers its usual characteristics. Whether your natural hair strands grow curly, kinky, coily or even straight, your locs will require different TLC than most, and there may be things that you may need to unlearn before you learn- if you want a better hair experience. For the LOCS hair crew, there are some fundamentals you need to commit to, to avoid breakage (which surprising is pretty common) and build up strength.
Let’s break it down:
- Fine (strand thickness): The finer the strand, the finer the hair overall and the easier it may break. Light products are your best option.
- Medium (strand thickness): The preference here is to go for water-based gels or creams, slightly heavier than your lightest option – especially if you would like a decent hold when you decide to retwist.
- Thick (strand thickness): Whilst your hair strands adopting slightly heavier products or combinations will have your hair thanking you for it!
What’s Loc’d hair personality?.. we hear you ask…
- Tends to appear raised when it comes out of the scalp, growing upwards rather than lying flat.
- Due to the twists and turns of the curls within locs, it doesn’t always tend to reflect as much shine compared to other hair types. However, this is not a reflection of the moisture levels, a common mistake made.
And how should you be treating those locs?
- Remember, locs adore moisture! So get wetting those locs on a regular basis, even if it’s just with a light misting. And don’t neglect those ends, they love the moisture more.
- The finer it is, the more committed you need to be to retwisting the hair to strengthen the strands against breakage.
- Depending on your curl pattern, when first installing locs, it is always best to consider using various techniques and an appropriate tool so it has the best possible start.
- The thicker the loc, the heavier it is. So when using products, you should use something that can come out easily. Avoid that shea better or anything that gets stuck in there like glue (unless it’s formulated in with other ingredients).
- It is super duper important to keep your scalp clean.
- Locs can be brushed in order to get the dust or grime out (almost like when you brush suede clothes).
- The best way to treat locs is to let it grow and thrive.
- Don’t retwist too often or too tight. Locs should be retwisted every 6 weeks on average. However, this can be built up to allow longer periods in between.
- It’s essential the above techniques are combined with products specifically designed for your hair with the best quality ingredients.
- Using too much product often leads to your hair becoming heavy- unnecessarily. Using the wrong product will cause flakes to sit and drip from your curls – and nobody’s got time for that!
Getting the best for your LOC hair
To be sure if your LOCS, waves, coils or fro is getting the correct attention, why not take our quiz to discover your personalised, super easy to implement, quality care routine to take back control of your curls.
BUT if you’ve got your healthy hair regime on lock, take a look at our award-winning products specifically designed and formulated with the curly girl in mind.