No one set of locs is the same, but I do feel as a natural hair community, there are several things that we can all learn from each other that keep one common goal in mind: strong, healthy hair.
On the 11th, I will be at month 29 for my locs. I’ve noticed in recent months, my hair has blossomed into its mature stage! It’s gotten longer, stronger, and it’s just overalls giving me this “glow up” feeling everyone is raving about, lol. I’ve also managed to do this without any regular maintenance in a salon (I did get my hair retwisted and styled once, but that’s it).
Because of this, I decided to pick out some of my top tips on how I’ve been able to maintain a healthy crown with little to no issues without going to the salon regularly:
- Water, water, water!: I have upped my water intake in 2016 and I have seen wonderful benefits from it. I drink at minimum anywhere from 100-128 oz of water a day. From my hair growth, to my skin, to my overall well-being; it’s legit. It also keeps your hair moisturized. Drink your water people, drink your water. It will make your life better.
- Oils to moisturize: I used to put Shea butter on my locs to moisturize; however, I noticed it was also getting stuck in my locs in a bad way. I decided to no longer use shea butter and use a combination of oils instead. I found it to be lighter and better for my hair. The combo I use is JCBO (swear by this stuff), jojoba, olive and tea tree oils (in no particular order and I don’t measure so…..lol). This combination reduced itchiness in my scalp tremendously, keeps my hair and scalp moisturized and adds shine, and also aides inhealthy hair growth. I moisturize every couple of days so I don’t over do it.
- Less manipulation, less breakage: I know a lot of people use styling as a protective measure for their hair; however, I have only styled my hair a few times. I also retwist once a month l, with the exception of maintaining my edges bi weekly (for work mainly). I have noticed that the less I manipulate and pull my hair tightly, the less I have seen thinning and breakage in my locs. I will say this is one of my fears, so I try my best not to constantly mess with my roots and stress them out in any way. So far, I’ve seen nothing but positive results!
- No heat!: One way I try not to dry out my locs is to let my locs air dry on wash days, unless I absolutely need to use my overhead dryer.
- Scalp massages: Have you ever just taken 10 minutes, spritzed your scalp, put some oil on your fingers and just rubbed your head? Try it. Not only is it a good way to relieve stress, it stimulates hair growth and it feels pretty awesome! I do mine in the shower, with hot water. It’s even better if you can get someone else to do it (I’m in the recruiting stage now lol).
So, there you have it, my top 5 tips on how I have managed to keep my hair healthy and growing. I’m a very low-maintenance person in life, so the fact that I don’t have to do a lot to keep my hair healthy is a big deal for me!
If you haven’t already, try some of these things and see how they work for you!