The Pros and Cons of Having Locs – My Story

My Locs Hairstyle

It’s been a long journey for me and my locs, but it’s only getting better. Long gone are the days when I used to be afraid that if I wash my dreads they were going to pull right back out or dealing with the frustration of not being able to put my hair into a ponytail. However, I must tell you that it was not an easy road. Some days my hair was just like a huge fuzz ball. Thankfully,  it’s almost two years now, and I have seen some great changes.

December is going to be two years since I’ve decided to loc my hair, and it has really grown a lot. I’ve been consistently using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil to massage my scalp, as this helps to stimulate the follicles and promotes faster hair growth. The longer my hair grow, the more styling options I have. Although my locs are growing at a steady pace, there are still some pros and cons that I have to deal with.

Cons: Coming up with Creative Hair-styling Ideas

It’s great to feel the new growth in your roots, and to see the length of your locs progressing, but there is always this challenge of figuring out what to do with your hair some days. There are times when I don’t retwist my locs, instead I just moisturize it and put a headband on, and off I go. All I care about is that my hair smells nice and clean.

Pros: Embracing my Hair Growth

Now that my hair is long enough to put in a ponytail, I simply just braid it backwards and use a strand or 2 of loc to wrap around my hair. This is so convenient. No more hair flying all over the place and having to deal with split ends. I am so happy I decided to get locs. The convenience makes me keep falling in love all over again with my beautiful head of locs.

Cons: Your Shampoo Won’t Last Too Long

The more your dreads grow and thicken, the more shampoo and conditioner you will need. The conditioner doesn’t really finish too fast for me, but the shampoo is always the one to finish first. I don’t know if it’s because my locs are matured and I don’t have to worry about them becoming loose, why I find myself washing them more often now. I am almost out of shampoo and need to stack up on some more.

Thinning Locs Solution

I’ve heard a few people complaining about thinning locs as their hair gets longer. So far I haven’t experienced that issue. I usually do my research well and have found out about the Pura d’or Premium Organic Argan Oil Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo, which is great for those of you who are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss.

They also have the conditioner to go with it as well. When both are used together you normally see better results. Check out the Pura d’or Premium Organic Argan Oil Hair Conditioner. Both the shampoo and the conditioner have great reviews on Amazon, and the ingredients are natural, without the harsh chemicals that can cause severe damage to your hair.

Overall, I love my locs and they are definitely not going anywhere soon. Stay tuned for more tips on loc maintenance and more. You can also check out some of my older posts, going back to before I had locs.

 

Locs Retwist – Organic Remedies for Moisture

Now it’s time to retwist your locs, but you are not sure what to use at home to trap the moisture, no worries, you are on the right page. Stick around for some of my natural organic oils and home remedies that I use to keep my locs looking soft and shiny for days.

Before I had locs, I must admit that I didn’t bother to pay attention to what I was putting in my hair. The only time I would know that something was wrong with the product I was using, was when I noticed that my hair was becoming dry and starting to break.

Fast forward to now, I have been trying to take the best care of my hair, and I can see the difference in the texture and the health of my scalp. I used to have dry itchy scalp, which was very embarrassing. Right now I don’t have any of those issues.

Best Home Remedy to Retwist Locs

When it comes to retwisting your dreads, you have to take a different approach than when you are styling traditional hair. One wrong move can leave residues or flakes in your strands of locs. Aloe Vera can be used to retwist your dreads at home, leaving it moisturized and healthy.

If you have the plant growing at home, you can simply slice it open and scrape out the gel substance that’s inside the skin. Blend or mix it with a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, a great choice is Sweet Almond Oil, to give it a nice fragrance.

Use your homemade locs moisturizer to retwist your hair. Make sure to smooth out the gel on the root of your locs so that it penetrates your hair thoroughly. After your retwist, either air dry or go under a hairdryer. Personally, I just let mine air dry.

In addition to locking in moisture in your hair, Aloe Vera is great for dry scalp, and is also known to promote hair growth, which is good for those who are trying to regrow their edges, bald spots or for general hair growth.

For those of you who don’t have the Aloe Vera readily available, don’t feel left out, you can buy Organic Aloe Vera and apply it to your locs during your retwist. You will get the same benefits as the fresh plant. During the hot summer months, using this inexpensive remedy can prevent loss of moisture, which is common during hot climates.

Another organic remedy to moisturize your locs and prevent frizzy hair, is Organic Jojoba Oil. This can be mixed with other oils before applying it to your hair. Please do not overdue  by putting too much oil at one time.

Keeping treating your locs right and they will thank you years down the road. Moisturizing them will help prevent breakage and a dry, dull look that can easily occur without proper care. I can’t wait to share more useful dread care tips with you. See you soon!

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.

Massaging your scalp regularly can also stimulate the hair follicles and promote faster growth for your locs. If you have baby locs, you may want to hold off on the massage part until they are more mature. Don’t forget that eating the right food is also essential. Vitamins such as iron is also known to encourage hair growth.

Keep checking in for more  useful information on loc maintenance and updates throughout my journey, and don’t get frustrated if your hair is taking forever to lock, it will get there. Believe me, I’ve been there, it gets better as they mature.