I get asked for loc advice regularly. And, truth is, my routine is quite different from the norm. Here are 5 common loc rules that I consistently break.
- Cover your locs at night. This is something I never do. Ok, not never – I do cover my head when I have shampoo on my scalp, which I leave on overnight before I wash. I do this so that I don’t transfer shampoo to my pillow. Every other night I sleep free. There’s nothing I enjoy more than ditching a head wrap at night. When I had a relaxer, I spent too many nights wrapping my hair then tieing it down and waking up with a headache. Now when I cover it, I wake up with sweat. So I don’t. The cleaner my scalp, the better.
- Don’t wash too often. I wash my hair more often than anyone I know, with or without locs. Several times a week. Take a look at my wash routine video on YouTube where I explain why: http://youtu.be/xTAMPdzrjJM.
- Don’t retwist too often. In the beginning, I retwisted after each wash, which was once a week or every two weeks. I’ve always been very gentle with my twist method as to not put any pressure on my hair not scalp. And I’m more than pleased with how my locs have matured because of this. Nowadays I retwist when I feel like it, which can be months in between.
- Oil your scalp. I don’t let oils nor any product touch my scalp. Water only. Rose water actually. I prefer to keep my scalp clean so that I don’t have to worry about having a reaction.
- Palm roll. I’ve never palm rolled my locs. I don’t see anything wrong with palm rolling and when I get my hair professionally done, they do this method. I just never had the energy to take that extra step – I have a lot of locs; having both hands in my hair the whole time I retwist is just too tiring for me. I’ve developed my own method of retwisting in which I can use one hand at a time.
I’m not sharing this to encourage you to care for your locs the exact same way I care for mine. I tell you this to show that everyone’s loc journey is different. How you should care for your hair is due to a combination of your hair type, scalp condition, and the way your hair reacts to different ingredients and products. Give your hair what it specifically needs. There is no one product that is the answer for every one. Embrace your journey 🙂