I started growing my locs in 1999. That is 16 years of trial and error with different products. I have learned over time to keep my loc maintenance routine consistent and simple. Since people approach me often about my locs, I figured posting my routine to my blog would be beneficial to others.
When it’s time to wash my locs, my shampoo of choice, is Alaffia Shampoo. It comes in different scents, but my favorite is the coconut lime. It is gluten free, paraben free, and vegan. It is made with virgin coconut oil and shea butter to help keep my locs moisturized. A cool fact about Alaffia products is that part of the proceeds fund various projects in Togo, Africa. Such as planting trees with rural farmers, distribute bicycles, and school supplies.
I wash my locs every 2-3 weeks. When I wash them, I lather them and rinse until the water is clear. I lather and rinse twice. After all of the shampoo is rinsed out, I pour a cup of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar over my scalp. The vinegar will remove any dandruff, or residue from your scalp that you may have missed during the shampoo process. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is good to use on any type of hair. It is not specific to locs.
After towel drying my hair (be careful not to pull locs too tightly), the next step of my loc maintenance routine is to moisturize. My moisturizer of choice is Organic Coconut Oil. I literally put about two tablespoons in my hands and rub it into my scalp and locs. Next, I proceed to palm roll each individual loc. For the palm roll process, I use Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter.
When the palm rolling process is complete, I braid my locs. This just makes it easier for me to get on with my day while my locs air dry. It’s also fun to try out different styles with my “crimped” locs after I take the braids out. For daily maintenance I moisturize my hair with the Organic Coconut Oil, then wrap my locs with a scarf right before I shower. The heat from the shower helps the coconut oil penetrate my hair and scalp. If my scalp is feeling a little dry, I’ll soothe it with witch hazel on a cotton ball. I intend to make my own Loc Spray to do the job of the witch hazel, which I will post when it is completed. At night I wrap my locs in a large piece of silk fabric.
So there you have it, my simple yet effective, loc maintenance routine. Please feel free to comment or email me with any questions you may have.