Hello Loc Luvas! This week, we are gonna talk about natural hair care regimens and starting with the basics! This post is going to focus on setting up a loc’d hair regimen including tools, accessories, and products! Starting with the basics will allow you to have a go to regimen that is simple, basic hair care! Let’s get right into it!
So now you are new to locs or just need to get back to basics– either way you will need some accessories in your life! Some of the accessories are for nightly protection to keep your locs nice and lint free. Other accessories may be for style to rock your locs! Here are some accessories you will need (some you may already have from the loose natural days):
- Satin Bonnet or Dreadsock (protects your hair at night with the pillowcase as a backup)
- Loc Soc (fun styling accessory to add some fun twist to your look or protect your hair)
- Stretchy headbands (I like these because they don’t apply as much pressure to my head as compared to metal headbands)
- Embellished clips
- NeatLocz (this is for the gents– this is a nice leather band that can be wrapped around the locs with more of a masculine feel)
- Covered elastic bands (the nylon covering will cause less friction and therefore less breakage for your locs)
- Bobby pins & hair pins
- Small rubber bands (needed for some styles to secure the style in place)
- Thread and needle (some may prefer to use this to keep styles in place. I would prefer to reserve for a special non-fuss hair day like a wedding)
My favorite phrase when it comes to products and sisterlocks/locs? Less is More!! Why? You don’t want to create issues with buildup because you are using a lot of products on your locs. Truth is it isn’t necessary– as long as they are cleansed and moisturized, you are good to go! You will need:
A Good Sulfate Free Cleanser- Locs need to be cleansed with a clarifying shampoo that can get down in there and cleanse your scalp and locs well! Some cleansers that I would look at: Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Peppermint, EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo, Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Threat, Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo, and Twist ‘N’Locs Natural Oil Shampoo. For sisterlocks, all newbies should at least start with the Getting Started Sisterlocks shampoo. This really does promote the hair binding together to form locks. However, some ladies are allergic to this product. One shampoo that sisterlocked sisters have recommended consistently is Suave Clarifying shampoo.
Oils- You will use oils to condition your locs and moisturize/refresh your locs. Many of the common oils for natural hair that you are familiar with from the loose natural hair days still work. I love almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil, and argan oil to name a few. Also, I have noticed the Shea Moisture Mist and Jane Carter Nourish & Shine are also a nice refresher for locs. Your oils can be applied directly to the scalp or an oil misture in a spray bottle. For sisterlocks, I know the creator, Dr. Joanne Cornwell is a big NO on oils on sisterlocks. However, I have seen ladies use oils on their sisterlocks and it did not destroy their hair. I would say wait until settled before trying oil on your locks. Also, does your hair need oil to be moisturized? At least currently, mine do not so I will continue to monitor that as they mature. If your sisterlocks are staying moisturized with no oil, there is no need to add them to your regimen.
Retwisting Product- This applies more to traditional locs only. The sisterlock process does not use any creams or gels to retighten the hair. For traditional locs and using the palm rolling technique, I like Taliah Waajid’s Lock It Up as my first choice if I was going to use a gel. I am looking forward to trying Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter, Jane Carter Twist & Loc, and Mahogany Queen Twist & Loc Gel! I like products that give a hold and not resulting in super flakiness.
Apple Cider Vinegar/Bentonite Clay Mask- Deep down clarifying treatments are sometimes needed for your locs! These two treatments can get a good deep down clean for your locs. Sisterlocks can tolerate ACV rinses but please save for mature locks only!!!
Steam Treatment- Steam treatments are another way to get the moisture party rocking with your locs! Can be used on mature sisterlocks only!!
With locs, we have a variety of tools that can be used to achieve a different look including crinkly, wavy, loose curls, or tight curls! Here are some of my favorite tools:
- Perm Rods
- Flexi Rods
- Lock Loops
- Soft Spike Curlers
- Pipe Cleaners
- Flat Twists
So overall the world of locs is a fun and exciting place to be! Get the right tools in your natural hair care arsenal and you are ready to be a loc’d queen or king to be admired!