Much like the care for our locs during the cold days, we also have to care for our locs during the warm days.
It’s apparent that we keep our locs moisturized in extreme weather because our locs are more susceptible to dryness and breakage. Part of our loc maintenance not only applies to what we put in our locs but in our bodies, as well. The following tips include both external and internal methods to hydrated locs.
Water- Water is a huge part of our overall physical health. Particularly keeping us hydrated from the inside out. A good amount of water consumption actually keeps hair and skin hydrated, making your skin have a beautiful glow and very healthy hair. Just like a plant that needs water for the roots to grow into beautiful petals/leaves, we need water, so our locs can grow healthy and strong. Hydrated hair also promotes hair growth.
Rosewater- As explained here, rose water is the magic potion that not only moisturizes your locs the way you need them moisturized, but it’s vital for skin moisture, as well. That includes the moisturizing properties that reduce scalp inflammation and dandruff, and It helps condition the hair deeply. You can purchase 100% rose water from health food stores like Whole Foods and drug stores like Target OR you can make it yourself. Carry it with you in a spritz bottle to hydrate your locs periodically.
Protein– Without enough protein, our hair is more prone to brittleness that can lead to excessive dryness and breakage. Protein foods such as beans and nuts such as kidney beans, sunflower seeds, black beans, walnuts, cashews, and chickpeas provide the internal nutrients you need. If you’re down with seafood, salmon is also packed with protein.
Vinegar rinse– Sometimes, what we need is all in our kitchen. If your locs are weighed down with months/years of build-up, keeping it hydrated will be near impossible. If that’s the case, a good homemade clarifying rinse is much-needed. As explained here, the FIRST thing we’d suggest is going to your professional loctician regularly since she/he is experienced in removing buildup. However, if you choose not to, there are safe and cheaper alternatives to removing the buildup yourself. Learn how to remove buildup here. After you’ve successfully removed the buildup or at least most of it, an ACV rinse should follow, ensuring the removal of any leftover dirt &/or buildup from the initial process. ACV, particularly the Bragg’s brand, is the “go to” deep-cleaning solution because of its ingredients and their stripping capabilities. Fill your sink with lukewarm water only, then apply some baking soda and the ACV. You will hear sizzling as if you’re concocting a school chemistry project. Dip your locs in the sink and soak your locs for at least 10 minutes. Once you take them out, you’ll be surprised, as well as disgusted, with the brown murky water sitting in your sink. Repeat this process until your water becomes less brown. Unfortunately, ACV rinses could dry your locs, so it’s important to moisturize after washing with a clarifying shampoo. Moisturize with a leave-in conditioner that is not heavy or waxy, then let your locs air dry. We’d recommend doing ACV rinses once every six months.
Satin bonnet/scarf/pillowcase– Sleeping with a satin bonnet, scarf, or satin pillowcase keeps the moisture locked in your locs and fights dryness.