How-to: My Locs Twist-out With Plaits

20170119_105859Once again I’m having a blast with my locs, so I decided to try the locs twist-out with plaits. If you have locs and you’re running out of ideas how to style your hair, you can try this style. It’s easy, safe for your dreads, and classy. Here’s how I did mine.

Trying New Hairstyles for Locs

Okay, so this is my first time experimenting with the locs twist out. I guess I was so eager to see the results, I pulled it out the plaits quicker than I should, but nonetheless,  I still rocked that hairstyle. I wanted something fresh and different for my locs to wear on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so the day before, I decided to try the plait twist-out.

Preparing for the Twist-out Style

My locs was due for a wash, so perfect timing. I hot-oil treated my hair, then I washed it and made sure it was properly dried. I then applied my leave-in conditioner, retwisted, then I proceeded to section my locs into sections that I wanted to plait. For a longer hold, you can use a natural mousse hairstyle foam.

I sectioned off three strand of locs for each plait. Depending on how many locs you have, you may find that the last ones may end up being just two strands, but that’s okay. You can still do a two-strand twist  and still get a nice result.

As you continue to plait your hair, add more leave-in conditioner or hair mousse to moisten it, but make sure that you massage it thoroughly into your hair.

After you finish plaiting your locs, you will need to put small rubber bands on the ends to keep your twist or plaits in place. This is how my locs looked (on the left) after I finished plaiting them. Keep in mind that I have medium thick strands. If yours are smaller, such as sister locks, they will look more fabulous.

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After I plaited my dreads, I use a blowdryer or you can use a more convenient option, a bonnet hairdryer.  You don’t have to dry it completely, since this might take up your time. You can just partially dry it, and then let it air dry the rest of the way.

You can keep the plaits in for a few days if you want to get the best results. Some people even wear them like that (plaited) for a few days, and then do the twist-out. If your dreads are smaller, you may feel more comfortable wearing them that way.

Maintaining Your Locs Twist-out

To keep your twist out looking sleek and neat,  spritz your hair  lightly and tie it with a satin or silk scarf, or a satin bonnet at night to prevent the crimped/wavy look from wearing out. If you put the right products and cover your hair at night, this hairstyle can last for about a week. This also depends on your hair type.

 

Natural Remedies to Lock in Moisture in Locs

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Using natural remedies to lock in moisture in locs is the way to go, if you want your hair to look soft and beautiful. One of the worst things is when your dreads become so dry and brittle, that it starts to break. You shouldn’t wait until it reach to that point.

There are so many natural home remedies that you can use to restore or lock in moisture in your hair. This is my third year of growing dreadlocks, and I’m pleased to present you with these informative tips that I’ve learned along the way.

Knowing When Your Dreads Need Moisture

Knowing your hair and identifying when it’s lacking in moisture, is critical to the health of your locs. Some people hair requires more moisture than others. There are usually little warning signs that you should not ignore.

Can Your Locs Talk to You?

Although your hair doesn’t have a voice per se, it can talk to you, by the appearance of your locs. One of the most common telltale signs that your locs is lacking in moisture, is if they always look dry and feel stiff. That’s when you know your dreads are crying out for thirst.

Naturally Moisturizing Locs

Use a leave-in conditioner for your locs. You can’t simply choose anything that says it’s good for hair, but make sure you pick something that won’t leave build-up in your locs.

Daily Moisturizing Dreadlocks

Create a daily moisturizing routine, and be consistent with it. Your roots also needs attention. You can’t just take care of your strands of locs, but neglect the roots. The roots are where the nourishment comes from, which gives your locs the luster and softness.

Watering Your Locs Daily

When I say watering, I don’t mean that your locs should be saturated with water. Spritzing your hair is enough. Create your own natural home remedy to moisturize locs. All you need is a few inexpensive items such as an empty spray bottle, to spritz your hair daily, water, and some of your favorite natural oils.

Create Home Remedy to Moisturize Locs

With the above inexpensive items, you can make your own home remedy for dry locs. Get your natural oils, add some water to the spray bottle.

Each day when you’re ready to do your daily regimen, simply shake the bottle so that the oils and water mix together, then spray a light mist of the content from the bottle onto your dreads. After spritzing your locs, massage it into your hair, starting from the roots down to the ends.

Sealing in Moisture in Dreads

After moisturizing your locs, use oils such as jojoba oil and grapeseed oil, to seal in the moisture. Each time you wash our locs, your hair loses moisture, so this is perfect to apply after you put in your leave-in moisturizer. These oils are also great for preventing dry scalp.

Preventing Loss of Moisture

When we sleep at nights, we lose moisture from our hair. Therefore, it is best to sleep with your locs covered. It is recommended that you sleep on a silk pillow case or tie your dreads before sleeping, with a satin or silk bonnet, or headscarf. This will help your dreads retain moisture, while protecting your hair from breakage and other damages.

 

Aloe Vera: A Natural Way to Get Rid of Dandruff in Dreadlocks

Coping with dandruff and the discomfort that comes with it is very frustrating. If you have dreadlocks and also suffer from dandruff, this only complicates things more. Not only do you have to endure the constant itching, but also the unsightly flakes of dandruff that may get stuck in your locs. Aloe Vera is a natural remedy that can quickly eliminate dandruff.

A Common Reason for Dandruff

Some people scalp produce more dead skin cells at a faster rate than others. There’s also a fungus that is commonly found on the scalp, which may cause dandruff for some people. Whether you have regular hair or dreads, the Aloe Vera remedy will work for you just the same.

Rid Your Dreads of Dandruff With Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a simple, yet effective natural remedy to get rid of dandruff from locs. The longer it stays untreated, with the constant itching, you may start to notice your locs getting thinner or even bald spots may appear in some areas.

Combining Different Remedies With Aloe Vera

There are different methods of using Aloe Vera as a remedy for dandruff. It can be combined with other natural herbs or plants. You may also use the gel from the fresh Aloe Vera plant. Don’t expect to get rid of the dandruff from your dreadlocks instantly.  It may take a number of applications for it to clear up your scalp.

Soothing and Anti-fungal Properties of Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera is a natural remedy for dandruff, which not only soothes the itchiness of the scalp, but also gets rid of the fungus that causes the dandruff to develop. Your dreadlocks will also benefit from using this natural plant, by keeping each strand of locs looking soft and shiny.

Regrowth of Locs With Aloe Vera

If you are also having issues with bald edges/thinning hairline, Aloe Vera is the answer to growing back your hair. This is an inexpensive natural remedy to regrow your hairline back. Massaging Aloe Vera gel regularly on the affected area of the scalp can increase circulation and promote faster hair growth.

Growing Dreadlocks Faster With Aloe Vera

Many people are always looking for a way to grow their locs faster. Although hair-growth doesn’t miraculously happen overnight, Aloe Vera may be one of the fastest options. It can increase hair-growth at a fast pace, while making it thicker. It is natural and is packed with nutrients that are beneficial to your locs.

Aloe Vera for Different Hair Texture

The good thing about Aloe Vera is that it works great for any hair-type, whether it’s African hair, Caucasian, or any other texture hair. The same goes for gender. Both male and female can benefit from using Aloe Vera to promote thick, beautiful dreadlocks, while combating dandruff.