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Loc Care: Dry Locs? Try These 10 Tips To Bring Them Back To Life!

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We have all been there at one point or another… and even after all these years, I need to remind my Self that simple quick tips in a routine make all the difference.

I’m talking about dry locs…

Or as I like to say: Bringing back life to my plants! lol πŸ™‚ OK, that didn’t sound so great… but here are my tips anyway… and they always seem to work for me, hope you find them helpful too!

My Top 10 Tips For Dry Locs

 

Rinse your locs for longer…

This is one of the first tips I try – andΒ it usually works very well! Locs are like sponges – they need to be rinsed properly after each wash, for a longer period of time than loose hair to get all the shampoo/conditioner out. The longer your locs, the more time you need to spend rinsing them.

Keep this in mind the next time your cleaning your locs in the shower and take the time to gently rinse…

Tip: Personally, I now have shoulder length locs and I spend at least 15 minutes rinsing. When I had back length locs, this would take longer.

Give your styling routine a break…

Some of us (like me!) are lazy stylers… and others love to style much more regularly. Β For those of you who do it every week, maybe it’s time to give it a rest and let your locs do their own thing for at least a week. I say this because when I do style, I notice my locs tend to be much more drier… maybe that’s just me? But styling locs usually involves, shaping locs into style (curling, up-do’s etc). Giving your locs a week off and to just be, might be what they need to recover moisture.

No heat for styling…

Heat will suck all the moisture out of your hair and cause damage in the long run. Natural hair is also extremely fragile by nature so it’s not a good mix! If you do use heat to style/dry your locs, try to avoid this for a period of time and see if this makes a difference. It usually does! And not returning to heat treatments is even better for your locs.

Use less products…

When it comes down to it, locs don’t really need that many products. It’s easy in the beginning of the loc journey to experiment with loads of different products – I certainly did! But all you really need is a good shampoo and natural oils/moisturizers.

Locs are delicate and absorb things very easily… and it’s much harder to remove build-up than with loose hair. So, don’t pile on the products… avoid heavy, thick and sticky leave-ins – plus, clarify your locs regularly to keep them clear and clean.

Remove product build-up…

A baking powder and/or ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) rinse is fantastic for this! Depending on how often you wash your locs or how many products you use, a clarifying treatment regularly will keep your locs free from build-up that can cause dryness.

Try using products that do not contain Β Silicones, Sulfates and Mineral Oil…

If you are using products, check the labels and avoid anything that may be striping moisture, over-drying for hair, coating it away from real moisture and weighing it down.

Carry a sprtiz and use regularly each day...

Water is the ultimate moisturizer! By carrying a water spritz bottle with you and using it throughout the day, you are adding beautiful moisture back into your locs. This is especially great in dry Summer weather.

The best part is you can have fun making your own water spritz and adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils, nourishing oil or anything else that you locs will enjoy πŸ™‚

Cover your locs with a satin cover every night…

As we toss and turn at night, our pillow case can be very drying for our locs – plus having your locs out may not be the best protective style. By covering your locs with a satin scarf or having a pillow case that is satin, you are keeping the moisture in your locs.

Personally, I love the way my locs feel after doing a quick spritz and brush (for mature locs), then covering with a satin scarf overnight. it leaves locs feeling loved and protected for the next day.

Try brushing your locs…

I mentioned this in the previous tip… this is fantastic for maturer locs. Baby and early teenage locs may be too sensitive for this as it gently fluffs up the outer hair layer of your locs. It’s best to do this with locs that have the hair already loced in place.

A soft natural soft bristle brush and a few minutes of brushing spritzed locs can add a much more healthy feel and look to locs – it also removes lint and any other “bits” than may have been caught in your locs. By doing this regularly, you are keeping your locs clean. Read this post for full details on how to do this!

Eat a healthier diet and drink more water…

And most importantly, it all begins from within! Our hair is an extension of our health – if you are eating a poor diet, not getting much exercise or drinking water, how can your outer body (skin, hair etc) be healthy and moisturised!

Inspire your Self to lead a healthier and more creative lifestyle. The rest follows and glows πŸ™‚

A bonus to this and a great complement to a healthier lifestyle is taking supplements. There are many out there, see what works for you!My personal favourite is MSM and I notice the difference in my new growth, nails and skin pretty quickly with it. Do what is right for your body, listen to it, nourish it and your hair/locs will also reflect this πŸ™‚

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