Changing Seasons: Rocking My Locs Plus Fall/Winter Care

 

20171004_190440 As the seasons change, so are the needs of our locs. When the fall or winter season come around, you may notice that your skin will look more drier, which means that you have to have special products to replenish the natural moisture back into your skin. Well, your dreadlocks will require special care too during the cold winter months.

Fall/winter care for locs require more than just pampering your hair. It also means that your scalp will need proper care too. It is common for some people to experience dry, flaky scalp during the winter months. Learning to care forĀ  your dreads during these upcoming seasons will preserve the beauty of your locs.

Oils for Locs During Fall and Winter

Using the right oils for your locs can make a huge difference in the overall health and appearance of your hair. You really have to keep replenishing the moisture in your hair, making sure to use the right oils to lock in the moisture in each strand of loc.

Creating and Sticking to a Locs Regimen

As the brutally cold winter months approach, come up with a plan that works for you, so that you can adjust your locs care regimen to fit in the essential winter haircare products that is necessary.

Remember how much work you had to put in to get your dreads to the stage where they are now. Neglecting to take care of them during the winter, will have a devastating effect on them if they are not protected during the fall and winter months.

Fall/Winter Headwraps for Your Locs

Headwraps come in a wide array of colors and designs, and are great to cover your hair in the cold months. However, if you don’t want to be left with lint stuck in your dreads, you should choose a lint-free headwrap to cover your locs.

Winter Care Protective Styles

Wearing protective styles is the way to go if you want to keep your locs soft and beautiful during the fall and winter months. This is especially important before going to sleep at nights. You want to ensure that you don’t lose moisture as well as cause hair breakage.

Nighttime Winter Sleep Care

Covering your locs before going to bed, is also recommended to keep your hair moisturized during the winter. The cold windy days can leave your hair crying forĀ  moisture, so moisturize and lock it in for ultimate daytime protection.

Oil and Water for Dreads: The Test I Did With My Locs

I have noticed that a lot of people are questioning whether or not they should use oil and water in their locs, if it’s safe or not. Well, I decided to take a slight risk to see if my locs would look and feel the same without my regular oil and water spritz.

Part of my daily locs care routine involved spraying a mist of water mixed with essential oils, and working it into my dreads. This keeps my hair moisturized and soft.

No Water and Oil Challenge on my Locs

As a test, I stopped spritzing my locs for a week, and was not pleased with the results. The first thing I noticed was that my dreads were becoming brown.

Then another thing I noticed was that my once soft, beautiful locs were not soft anymore, but instead had a stiff, crispy feeling. Also, my locs seemed to have gotten thinner.

They didn’t have the fluffy look they usually had. Image on left was before the no oil and water test. The image on the right was after a week without oil and water. Notice how my dreads were fluffier before and they were blacker.

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This is enough for me to stick to what I was normally doing, spritzing my oil and water mixture on my locs on a daily basis. If it works for me, that’s what I’m going to stick with. I don’t know about other people, but based on their hair texture, they may need to spritz every other day, instead of every day.

The Misconception of Having Dreads

Dreadlocks need love and care. Some people think that we who have locs are just lazy and don’t want to wash or care for our hair, but they are so wrong.

If you stop taking care of your locs, you will definitely see the end results sooner or later. It really shows. You can look at someone’s locs and tell if they take good care of them or not.

The Cons of No Oil and Water

If you don’t give your locs water or oil, they will get dry, brittle, and starts to break over a period of time. If you think about it, each strand of loc is intertwined with coils of hair.

If you don’t mist your hair regularly, the inner strands will not be moisturized, resulting in dehydrated hair, ending in weak, dull locs that will break easily.

Final Thoughts on Oil and Water for Locs

In conclusion, this test proved to me that water and oil is beneficial to locs. Our hair, just like our body, needs to be hydrated at all times.

A Quick Update For My Locs

Dreadlocs 3 plus updateHey guys, I just wanted to drop by and give you a quick locs update, since I haven’t given you one in a while. As of now, my 3 1/2-year-old locs is doing great. There are no major changes.

My dreads are still looking thick and healthy as usual. The one thing I noticed is that my locs growth seem to slow down a bit. I must admit that I’m guilty of one thing. As of lately, I’ve been so busy over the summer, I kind of slacked up a bit when it comes to massaging my scalp with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil and coconut oil mixture.

Before the summer started, I used to religiously massage my scalp with the oils a couple times a week. I think one of the reasons why I don’t massage my scalp that often, is because the summer is so hot, so I try to keep my dreads in a hairstyle that will keep me cool. When it’s styled, I find myself not getting the chance to oil or massage my scalp that often.

What I do sometimes, is I will use my Afro pick comb to run through the roots of my locs. This is similar to finger massages. You should try this too. Massaging your scalp with this comb leaves your scalp feeling tingly and refreshed. It stimulates hair-growth, while giving you a much needed massage.