There is such a rich sense of beauty and complexity in our hair. Although we have a diverse range of textures we have the ability to rock natural fros, silk presses, twists, braids, and even dreadlocks. While these hairstyles are some of the ways that we express ourselves socially, it is imperative that you are using a haircare routine that is specific to your hairstyle to make sure that the beauty of your crown never wavers. So far we've broken down how to care for your hair in any protective style and for this week's blog we'll be discussing how to amp up your maintenance routine for locs with the help of our mango butter! Stay tuned.
Step One: Pre-Shampoo
Locs don't require frequent cleansing such as other hairstyles. We'd typically recommend washing your locs every three weeks to prevent the stripping of natural oils and moisture on the scalp and along the shafts of your hair. Now because of the thickness of locs and also the breaks that are taken between each wash day, it is imperative to do a pre-soak with apple cider vinegar (ACV) to remove any product buildup, dandruff, and sweat to before shampooing your hair. This clarifying step allows debris to be removed from your hair so that your locs are in optimal condition to receive a proper shampoo.
Simply make your ACV solution by taking a small spray bottle and fill it up with half apple cider vinegar and half water. Shake and then let sit for 3-5 minutes prior to applying. Take the time to use your hands or a scalp brush to lift up any debris on your scalp and then work down the shaft of each strand. After scrubbing, let the solution sit for an extra 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
You can purchase your Apple Cider Vinegar here at Target.
Step Two: Shampoo and Condition
Using an applicator is one of the simplest ways to make sure that your shampoo is being applied evenly throughout your scalp. You can dilute your shampoo of choice with water and use the applicator to apply it throughout your head. Like with the ACV rinse, take time to work the products into your roots and along your strands and rinse thoroughly twice.
You can follow the same steps for conditioner, but be sure to only use conditioner once your locs have matured (about a year in). Once completed, make sure not to twist the water out of your locs but instead squeeze lightly down the shaft to avoid breakage.
Step Three: Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!
We recommend using the LOC method (Liquid, Oil, Cream) when taking the time to moisturize your locs. For your (L)iquid, try a leave in conditioner. As for (O)ils, it is important to choose oils that are specific to your hair care needs. Those with dry and brittle locs should lean towards grapeseed, jojoba, and almond oil. These oils are rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc to help strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. If you're dealing with damaged locs, try babassu oil to improve your hair's elasticity and reduce breakage. Additionally, a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil is great for those who struggle with an itchy scalp and dandruff.
After you've completed the first two steps of the L.O.C. method, it important to find a cream that can seal in all your hard work! Mango butter is an excellent choice to not only seal the moisture that you've added to your locs but it's ingredients are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants to make them perfect for restoring dry and damaged hair. Lastly, because of Mango Butter's melting properties and water solubility, it won't clog locs like other petroleum hair based products. We recommend our new and limited-edition Lemonade Mango Butter! It's packed with lemon oil which is rich in vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoid, and iron- which are important nutrients for overall hair health.
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Step Four: Re-twist and Style
It's time to make all that hard work worth something! After moisturizing and re-twisting take some time to enjoy yourself and maybe even try out a new style. We recommend taking a few tips from a talented loctician and Youtuber Paul Styles.
Check out his quick video on how to achieve "Barrell Twists" with locs: