Grow Longer Locs With Natural Remedies

My locs are growing faster and I am so pleased with them, so I decided to share some of my simple tips that I use to get them to this length. For all the people who are growing dreads, you know how much hard work it is to get them to the stage where they are fully locked. Not to mention the rude comments that people say, especially during the “ugly phase.”

A few weeks ago I saw someone with locs all the way to the middle of their back, so I decided to be a bit nosy and asked how long they were growing it for, and they told me it was for over 5 years. That’s where I want to be in 5 years. Anyway, let me move on with the remedies I use to grow my locs faster.

I found out about Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor for awhile now, and have been using it since then. As a matter of fact, the last one I bought is almost finished, so it’s time to buy a new one. This brand of castor oil is known to be the best since it’s all natural. When I was a child my mom used to use it to oil my scalp and hair, and my hair was so thick and healthy, until I started putting all these different chemicals in my hair.

Now that I find out about this old time home remedy, I am stuck on using it. This brand of castor oil is dark and thick, which is great, so I normally dilute it with a mixture of other oils. I use Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. Keep in mind that there are other blends of oils in this brand, but this is the one that I would recommend to mix with the castor oil for your locs.

It not only soften your hair, but it also leave it smelling fresh and disguise the strong smell of the castor oil when mixed together. It has a soothing and refreshing scent, similar to baby oil. I use it on my skin too and the smell last for hours.  It’s a great feeling when you find a good product and it feels even better when you can share your knowledge with others.

How I Use Castor Oil to Grow My Locs

I use castor oil a few different ways. Every 2 weeks I use the plain Jamaican black castor oil to treat my hair. I usually don’t mix the oil at this point. I just pour it a small container and use my finger tips to apply it to my scalp. Simply move each strand of loc apart from each other and apply an ample amount of castor oil using the tip of your pointer finger.

Keep applying the oil section by section until all your scalp is oiled. Gently use your fingertips to massage the scalp. Pour some of the oil in your hands and rub both palms together, then apply it to your head of locs. Massage it in gently, and then place a shower cap over your head. Make sure that no hair is left uncovered. You can sit under the dryer for at least 10 to 15 minutes to build up some steam under the cap or you can keep the cap on while you’re doing your other chores.

I keep my shower cap on for hours, if I have nowhere going  that day, so that the castor oil can deep treat my scalp and locs. Make sure that you use warm water to wash your locs, so that  no greasy build-up of oil or residue is left behind.

 

 

 

Another way to use castor oil to grow your locs faster, is to drop a few drops in a spray bottle with some water, as well as the Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. I add half cup of water to a small spray bottle, then add at least 4 drops of castor oil and 3 drops of your favorite herbal oil or the Africa’s Best oil. Shake the mixture together and spray your dreads with it.

To keep your hair moisturized, especially in the hot summer months, spray your hair each day with this oil blend mixture. Too much oil can attract dust and lint, so make sure that you don’t add too much oil to the water. Keep checking in for more  useful information on loc maintenance and updates throughout my journey.

Loc Journey – My 15 Months Loc Update

My locs are slowly getting older, and right now they are 15 months old, going on to 16 months. I have noticed a little growth going on in the roots. What I have been doing these days is just washing and re-twisting the front of my hair. I haven’t twisted the back in a while.

Freeformed Locs Can Enhance Growth

Giving my roots a break from twisting seems to be helping my dreads to grow. Now that my locs are growing, they seem to be smaller than they normally are. If you look back at my older blog posts you will see how huge they were. Right now I am loving the size of them, not too large or too small.

It’s okay to neglect your locs a little, as long as you keep them clean and moisturized. Keep a spray bottle handy with a mixture of oils and water. Spraying your hair daily with this mixture will keep them fluffy and soft.

More Versatile Dreadlocks Hairstyles

The older my locs get, the more hairstyles I can try. Some weeks I’ll do my hair in a certain style and let it last me for the week. The great thing is that my dreads don’t get that fuzzy anymore. I can simply wash them, moisturize, and put on a headband. I don’t have to style my hair every week.

If I don’t feel like wearing a headband, I just keep my hair in a ponytail, using my favorite Loc Tie Dreadlock accessory. With summer drawing near, this will keep my hair upward and away from my neck, which is much cooler. It’s simple, yet classy with a beautiful bead on top.

Other than the above styles, I pin my locs up with hairpins. Last week I did a pin-up style and just tied my hair at nights to keep it neat. The photo above is a simple updo that I did last week. Give this hairstyle a try for the summer.  Keep checking back for more updates, hairstyles and tips to keep your locs looking lovely, as they transform each month. See you on my next blog!

Odor Control – Keeping Your Locs Smelling Fresh

Having beautiful, fresh smelling locs requires some basic maintenance, which you can do at home, using some simple haircare techniques. I have my locs now for 15 months, and have learned a lot about taking care of them. I am excited to pass on some of the great information that I learned along the way. Here are a few of the tips that I use to keep my hair smelling clean, and free from mildew or mold.

Drying Your Locs Properly

When you are just beginning your starter locs, you will find that it dries very quickly after washing it. This is most likely because your hair is not yet locked. During the baby stages of locking your hair, the strands are not yet intertwined, therefore, air can easily pass through them. However, as your locs starts to mature and grow, it will need more time to dry out all the water that has accumulated.

Always make sure that you dry your dreads thoroughly using a clean lint-free towel or hair dryer. Gently squeeze a few locs, especially the ones that are in the middle or the back, to make sure there is no excess water. You should never tie your hair when it is still wet, as this will cause a build-up of mold or mildew.

Once this happen, you may end up having a hard time getting rid of it, or even more worse, may have to cut your hair. We all know how much hard work we locs lovers have to put in to get it to the beautiful stage that it is, so this would be the last thing we would want to happen.

Get Rid of Odor From Locs

Do you want to know my secret for keeping my locs smelling fresh all the time? I bet you do. I simply just add a few drops of my favorite essential oil in a spray bottle with some water. I don’t know if you know this already, but locs love water, so adding some oils to water and spraying your hair with it daily, is the perfect solution. This helps to keep your hair smelling fresh and looking soft and beautiful.

Well, my favorite oil is peppermint. Sometimes I add a few more oils to it as well. I love the smell of it and the tingling sensation in my scalp. There is also an added benefit when you use peppermint essential oil to massage your scalp. It helps to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

I noticed that after spraying my locs with a mixture or peppermint oil and water, it eliminates odor and keeps my hair smelling fresh for the day.  Check out my other blog posts to see my loc journey, and stay tuned for more great tips!