Tips For New Loc’ers
The pride you get from your new locs is undescribable…but the frustration ain’t. I’m sure you got your new locs and have found after a couple of days–if not the first night–unsure of some things. Okay, a lot of things. The fact that you’re annoyed says quite a bit, but for the most part it says, “You’re on the right track.” Everyone with locs has had and continues to have these moments. So here are a few tips to help you out:
- Keep your locs covered while you are at home with satin scarf/bonnet. It will keep a lot of lint and whatnot out your hair. Not to mention, if you happen to lay down, this will decrease the amount of unwinding/unraveling.
- Don’t use grease or beeswax. If so, use at your own peril.
- Do not let people tell YOU how YOUR hair is. You’ve lived with your hair all your life and know what works or not.
- DO pay close attention to how your dreads are maintained, so you can learn to do them on your own (just in case you don’t want to keep paying that money or if you are in a bind).
- Do wash at least once monthly. Contrary to belief, clean locs lock faster than dirty ones.
- If you must wash your hair, use a stocking cap (Read my post about washing baby locs).
- Do not use a lot of product when you twist your dreads. A little product goes a long way.
- Do NOT overtwist your dreads. It will thin the root.
- Do not be a product junkie, lol. Stick with the products that work bests for you!
- Do try natural oils such peppermint, coconut, jojoba, tea tree oil, et cetera. Shea butter is great, too!
- Expect your hair to unravel a little. It’s a normal thing. Don’t fret, you will learn to contain it after a while. It’s not as hard as you think!
- Try to keep your locs in its natural position for now. Styles will come in due time. You don’t want to undo any progress/locking.
Do you have any more suggestions???