I’m six months into my loc journey, and I’m still extremely happy I decided to start locs. I will say that this process takes more patience than always expected even for me who has had locs before. There is something very challenging about not having a finalized look and being in a transition. I guess I could cover my hair with a hat or beanie, yet I haven’t started just yet. Regardless I’ve finally solidified a simple loc care regimen that I love and is working very well for me.
One of the biggest concerns with having locs seems to be buildup. Another concern is thinning locs. What I establish with my regimen now can hopefully prevent both of these things in the future.
My Zero Waste Loc Regimen
Shampoo… 2x a week with diluted Raw African Black Soap
Condition… 2x a week with a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse
Moisturize… daily spritz with water and essential oils
I stopped using carrier oils in my hair for now. It’s summer and I’m not experiencing dry hair. My scalp has always hated oils, so trying to change it’s mind now that I’m locing my hair doesn’t make any sense. If my hair needs oil down the line though, I’ll modify my regimen to accommodate it.
No Build Up Please!
I found raw African black soap locally packaged only in a paper box. I cut 1/8-1/4 of the soap bar into tiny pieces and dilute in water to wash my hair. I also dilute the apple cider vinegar which comes in a glass bottle in water to use as a conditioning rinse. I use a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle filled with water to spritz my hair daily.
This loc regimen meets my goal of being 100% eco-friendly and plastic-free aside from the vinegar and essential oil bottle cap.
So far I haven’t experienced any build up with this regimen. My hair stays very clean and lightweight. I tried using the zero waste olive oil soap I used with loose curly hair, and it created a residue disaster. I’m so happy to have found that raw African black soap which removed the residue and makes my hair feel soft.
Preventing Thinning Locs
The other major concern with locs is thinning. I attempted to retwist my roots two times since beginning my loc journey. Retwisting creates loc uniformity which I am not as concerned with as I was with my first set of locs.
I realized that I don’t really need to do anything aside from seperating my locs after washing. It keeps my parts clear. I prefer to have an organic look with my locs which is why less fuss is working for me. By only separating my locs it guarantees a unique formation as well as stronger thicker locs from very little manipulation.
I expect my hair to begin shrinking more over the next six months, yet I have been enjoying keeping much of my length in the process. My hair took a year and a half to lock fully with my first set of locs which were interlocked. I’m assuming it will be around the same amount of time for this set too. I am therefore 1/3 of the way there.
I am noticing again more frizz and budding especially on the underneath layers of my locs. I’m thrilled to finally have wash and go hair and an extremely simple regimen to go with it. This is truly liberation!
You can see more of my loc journey here!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)