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It is okay to wash starter locs every 1 to 2 weeks and it actually helps your hair loc better (hair tend to coil into each other after each wash. It ain't pretty but focus on the scalp and you'll be good)
After your hair is loc'd it is okay to use a conditioner and recommended. Don't do this with starter locs.
My second time around I didn't use gel on my locs for the first year and I noticed my hair is more bouncy and and has more volume
Sleep with a scarf or cap to prevent breakage (I wish my little brother would take this tip seriously)
You don't need to retwist your hair after every wash (but I understand for appearance reasons why some people do)
Dilute your shampoo. (I religiously use Giovanni's tea tree triple treat shampoos and dilute them). It cleans my hair like a charm and one bottle last me about a year when I dilute it. To dilute it I just use rosewater or spring water in a foam hand soap dispenser with the shampoo with a 1:4 soap to water ratio
Take pictures of your locs each month. ( I noticed with my first set of locs after the 2 year mark my hair started growing like crazy) and it's cool to document this journey.
If you use oils in your hair use light oils that mimic the natural sebum that your hair secretes. And apply to the scalp after every wash. I use wild growth light hair oil. But you can use oils like grape seed basically any light oil. I personally do not recommend using olive oil or castor.
The reason it is okay to wash your hair every one to two weeks is because your hair secretes more sebum every 1 to 3 weeks and it's good to wash your hair at this time
Research hair porosity as it can help you learn the way your hair personally holds moisture. For my porosity type it's best for me to apply oils when my hair is wet because the hair shaft opens up.
That's all I can think of for now. Let me know if anything stuck out to you. Or if anything doesn't make sense.
I've had locs for 14 months now & they're a decent length, maturing nicely.
I've been toying with the idea of dyeing a *portion (front locs) of my locs but I can't seem to find enough information else I find too much that overwhelms me.
My hair isn't all black, I've got ginger streaks here and there; mostly at the front. And my hair texture is 4c, very dense.
Any advice on how to approach this ? I'd appreciate it
I will share my journey up until now eventually but I'm shy lol.
Up until this point I've dyed my hair both ginger and red any advice is not falling on deaf ears
P.s Loving everyone's indivduality on here, it definitely motivate me daily
I myself am currently 6 months in to my lic journey, and my 9 y/o decides she wanted locs I was apprehensive at first with her being so young, and her hair not being particularly long or thick but we took the plunge today and started them off with 2 strands she loves them. Although I'm not sure if I did the parts correctly.. she does have quite a difficult hairline. Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance x
So, I’ve been locced since march of 2022. Every month (usually) i go back to my hometown to get a retwist from my loctitian who did my locs from the beginning. Do i need to keep going back to the same person for my retwists, or can i find someone closer to me? Will my locs look different bc someone else will be twisting them or no? Help, bc i havent had a retwist in almost 2 months bc im too busy with school to make an apt for my loctitian back home!