Dry Locs: Summer Hair Care for Ultimate Moisture

Dreadlocks cover to lock in moisture

Cover Locs While You Sleep

If you are new to dreadlocks, this may be your first summer since getting them. Those of you who are not new to locs may still need some summer hair care tips to prevent dry hair. With a few simple techniques you can help retain moisture, keeping your locs soft, shiny, and beautiful.

Deep Cleaning Your Locs

Before you can achieve soft shiny locs, you have to make sure that they are clean, so the first thing you need to do is to give them a good wash, using a natural organic shampoo.

If you really want to naturally get out all the dirt and grime out of your hair, a simple tip is to use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This natural solution will help to remove the leftovers that the shampoo didn’t clean. This rinse is also great for getting rid of dry itchy scalp.

Deep Conditioning Your Dreadlocks

To prevent your locs from becoming dry in the summer, deep condition your hair to repair dry, damaged hair, as well as lock in the moisture. For best results, use a natural deep conditioner. This will help retain moisture and keep your hair looking fresh, clean, with a beautiful sheen. Without the use of chemicals, your hair will have time to restore itself to good health.

Do-it-yourself Aloe Vera Deep Conditioning

If you have aloe vera at home, you don’t have to go out and buy any conditioner. You can simply make your own from this succulent plant. Slice it and carefully scrape out the gel from the inside, then apply it to your scalp and locs, cover your hair with a shower or steam cap, and let it sit for maybe 20 to 30 minutes.

Aloe vera is known to control frizz and maintain sheen, so this is a great remedy for those who would like to see their dreadlocks with a little less frizz.

Rinsing Your Locs – Cold Water Vs Warm

You can wash your hair with warm water, but it is recommended that you use cold or cool water to rinse it. The warm water will open your cuticles so that the shampoo can seep into each strand of locs, and dissolve the grime and dirt.

Using the cold water after washing your locs will ensure that the cuticles are sealed, locking in the moisture, which is critical in the hot summer months. It is also a good way to hold down those loose hair that makes your locs look super frizzy.

A Natural Spritz for Softer Locs in the Summer

Get yourself a spray bottle or you may already have one in your hair care kit. Summer months call for regular spritz with a mixture of oils and water to keep your dreadlocks looking lively and moisturized. Don’t add too much oil to the water. Just maybe a few drops of your favorite natural oil. When you’re ready for a spritz, just shake and spray away, and you’re good to go.

Covering Locs to Retain Moisture

At nights before bed, get in the habit of covering your locs to prevent breakage and dryness, while locking in moisture. Another thing you have to watch out for, is the fabric that can get stuck in your locs. It’s best to use a dreadlocks sleep cap, which is specifically designed to protect the full length of your hair.

 

 

Fight Back Allergies: Natural Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor plants to clean air

Air Cleaning House Plants

Those who suffer from allergies for years may finally come to the conclusion that there is no solution to this health issue, but there is hope. There are a variety of natural ways to reverse your allergies by making sure that your indoor air quality is as natural as you can get it. There is no need to suffer in silence anymore. Here are a combination of natural ways to improve air quality and keep allergies at bay.

Plants That Clean Indoor Air

Improving the air in  your home can be as easy as bringing in plants to help do the job for you. Researchers determined that certain plant species have air purifying qualities. These are great for people who are confined indoors for hours each day, whether it’s in the office or your home. Removing toxins from your home and increasing oxygen can help fight against allergies.

Air cleaning plants can make a great gift to someone, especially someone who is bed-bound. It’s like bringing nature from outdoors to indoors. These exceptional plants are also great for plant lovers or for special occasions.  Take for example the Peace Lily, which is known for it’s wonderful air-filtering properties, this beautiful house plant would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

Air Purifier for Cleaner Air

Remove allergens and airborne particles from the air in your home with an air purifier. Pay attention to the features, which can increase the air quality even more. Some are designed with different speeds that you can adjust it to. This is yet another natural way to reduce the effects of indoor allergies, keeping your environment healthier and fresher.

If you are looking for a more powerful air purifier to remove other pollutants such as pet dander, smoke and other airborne particles, you my want to invest in the Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet Air Purifier. This is great for keeping the air in your home cleaner, reducing allergies or respiratory problems. Maintenance is easy and the filters are washable. Unlike some air purifiers, this brand is not loud.

Dusting to Help Keep the Air Cleaner

Dusting with a damp rag is also a simple way to reduce dust in your home. Also, if you use a fan, be sure to clean it often. Some fans have screws or snap-on areas for easy access, while others may need a small vacuum to do the  job. Ceiling fans can also accumulate dust overtime, so make sure you clean those too. Your home air cooling and heating system should also have regular maintenance for optimal air quality.

Healthy Dreads: Daily Maintenance of My Locs

Since I start growing locs, I take daily maintenance of my locs seriously. Therefore, I make it my duty to do whatever it takes to keep my hair looking its best. I am way past starter locs stage, so there is no reason to walk around with unkempt hair. Well, except for those days when I just feel like going for the messy look, which is not always a bad thing. Stick around to see how I care for my dreads on a daily basis.

Keeping My Locs Hydrated

I keep a spray bottle handy with some water and my favorite oils. In addition to the oils that I choose, I like to also drop a few drops of peppermint oil in it to eliminate odor from my hair. Every day I spray some of the mixture on my dreadlocks and then massage it in. As you may already know, oil and water won’t stay mixed unless you shake the bottle as you are about to spray it in your hair.

spray bottle with oils for dreads

Spray Bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

I generally spray my hair with the water and essential oil mixture two times per day. I’ll do it in the morning and in the night. Spraying it at night a few minutes before tying it with a scarf, helps to keep my hairstyle in place and looking great the next morning.

Hydrating locs with essential oil and water

Spraying Locs for Hydration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nourishing My Scalp

Don’t forget to moisturize your scalp. That is the root of success. I use my favorite oil—which a lot of you who already read my previous blog posts may already know—to massage my scalp. I may massage it every other day or so. Some oils are thick and sticky, so you may want to mix them together to give them a smoother texture.

After doing my scalp massage for a while now, I’ve noticed the difference in my locs. They seem to be more thicker, longer, and richer looking, compared to when I wasn’t doing it on a regular basis.

Covering My Locs at Night

To prevent breakage and to lock in moisture in my dreads, I typically tie my hair at nights before going to bed. This is also great for preventing pieces of lint or other debris from getting trapped in your locs.

Choose something such as a Du Rag that won’t slip off while you’re sleeping. I love the one you see me wearing in the image below. You can use the extra length at the back to rap around your dreads if they are long. These are the basic  steps I use to keep for regular dreadlocks maintenance.

Du Rag

Tying My Locs at Night