Whether you’ve recently decided to loc your hair or you’re a veteran with a long mane of mature locs, using the right products is essential. Here are some products that you should check out.
The most important tool in your toolbelt for locs is oil. Moisturizing your hair is always top priority when it comes to hair care. You can sample many different oils to find out what works for you, depending on the thickness and heaviness of your locs, you might want avocado, almond, coconut or jojoba oil. Doo Gro makes a really great oil blend for locs that you can try out, too.
It’s important to shampoo your locs, but you need to use a shampoo that isn’t going to leave any residue on your hair or scalp when you wash it off. While you may think this would go without saying, many shampoos are thick and won’t completely wash out of your hair. Residue and locs are two things that just shouldn’t go together. If your shampoo leaves residue, it will also take longer to dry, which can contribute to mildew growing inside of your locs.
The Knatty Dread and Taliah Waajid make the best shampoos for locs. They smell amazing, too.
Jamaican Mango and Lime makes a wonderful Locking Creme Wax that is wonderful for those who are just starting their locs. Though it’s called a wax, it’s really soft and creamy.
Many naturals with locs choose to skip the conditioner because of the issue with residue but some do like to occasionally condition their locs. Some conditioners will strengthen your hair, stopping them from thinning at the roots and, consequently, falling out. Super Gro is a recommended conditioner for locs, just don’t overdo it.
Defrizzers are another tool that many naturals find helpful. They are especially useful to get baby locs going. Knotty Boy makes a really good defrizzer or you could simply use plain aloe vera gel to make your locs less frizzy.
There are probably hundreds of products to choose from for locs, including accelerators (sea salt and citric acid), tighteners and moisturizers. Stay away from are gels, styling mousse and hair sprays because they are just not meant to locs. Waxes are another product to be wary of. They can be helpful but they can also really build up in your hair. You want to have healthy locs with a nice sheen and minimal buildup.
If buildup is already a problem for you, try an apple cider vinegar rinse. To keep it away, do a rinse once or twice a month. Simply mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and three cups of lukewarm water. Pour the mixture over your hair, catching it in another bowl in your kitchen sink. When the rinse stops running off of your locs, pour it through your hair again.