Since having locs, I haven’t really gotten into very many products. I would say that I still stick to the ways of when my hair was natural: I try to keep it moisturized, clean and healthy.
Now that I am about 13 months into my journey, I have developed a few staples in my regimen that I have found useful and can give my personal review on each one. I will begin this by saying that everyone’s hair is different. What works for my locs may not work for yours, but if you would like to try them out, feel free!
Shampoo: I shampoo my hair anywhere between 2-4 weeks. I use Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo. I have to say that I LOVE this shampoo! My favorite part about it is the tingling that I get when I cleanse my scalp. It definitely helps get any buildup, dirt, or residue out of my locs and off my scalp. It is also sulfate free, which is the only type of shampoo I use on my hair.
Locking Gel: My locking gel of choice at this time is Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel. I began using it for the first year and it was great! It made my hair smell wonderful and it had a great hold to my locs. Around March, I began to stop using it for a while, due to reviews and people saying that it does more harm than good. I read an article at this website that basically broke down what each ingredient in the gel was used for and if it was beneficial or not to the hair. From reading that article, I decided at my 1 year anniversary, I would take a break from using the locking gel, and either make my own natural gel, or not use product to retwist at all.
So far, not using product is going pretty well; however, I would still like to use some type of gel for the hold and to keep the frizz at bay. I will probably look into making my own flax seed gel, and see how it works for me. What I will say about the locking gel is to use your own judgment about how it will work on your hair. Prior to reading up on it, I had no issues with build up or anything with my hair, but I just felt like in order to keep my locs as natural as possible, I stopped using it. There is no telling at this point if I will continue to use it or not, but like I said, do your own research, and make the decision for yourself!
Oils: Currently, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is my top oil used on my hair. I primarily use it on the scalp and on my locs. Prior to using Castor Oil, I read that it can be very harsh, so I mix mine with a couple different oils, to balance it out. I mix JBCO, Tea Tree, Vitamin E, and Olive oil in a bottle and use it every other day. I use it to moisturize my locs and my scalp. So far, it has benefited my hair in growth and health. The castor oil and tea tree help relieve dry and itchy scalp. I began using castor oil around the summer of 2013 and ever since then, I have NEVER had issues with a dry scalp. I can’t even remember the last time I scratched my scalp, lol. Basically, castor oil works!
WATER, WATER, WATER: I cannot emphasize enough how beneficial water is to your hair. It is the cheapest product you can use on your hair, lol. I wet my hair at least twice a day; once in the morning (I call it “the wake up”) and at night when I moisturize my hair.
Conditioner: As I said before, I haven’t used conditioner, but at this time I am going to try it. I felt like my locs were not mature enough. Now that I have a little time in, they have definitely loc’d all the way through, so I am comfortable with trying a deep conditioning treatment on my locs. If this proves to be unsuccessful, I will go for a hot oil treatment.