Locs And Gray Hair: Color or Not to Color?

Whether we are ready to have them or not, gray hair will start to show their appearance at some point in our lives. The decision to color your locs when it starts to gray or to just simply embrace it, is a tough decision for some people.

To Color or Not to Color Your Locs

Some people might just want to age gracefully, others may want to stay away from the chemicals of some hair dyes. Making the decision whether to color the grays in your locs or not, depends on how  you feel about having gray hair. When all is said and done, it is up to you to do what makes you feel good about yourself.

Naturally Color Gray Locs

If you do decide to dye your locs, you can use a natural hair dye, so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. There are various different types of hair colors that are derived from natural organic herbs, that  can transform your grays into the desired color you’re looking for.

Slow Down Graying Locs

Although you’re able to color your gray locs, you still have to keep in mind that at some point, it’s going to grow out, so you will have to keep up with it, to keep the grays covered.

Pay attention to your vitamin intake such as folic and other B vitamins. If you are deficient in these vitamins, it can increase your chances of graying at a younger age, unless it’s hereditary. These B vitamins are known to slow down the graying process.

Can You Naturally Reverse Gray Locs?

According to some people, there are special blends of vitamins that are said to naturally reverse gray hair. With anything you’re doing, in order to get great results, there has to be consistency. So, the only way you’ll know if these vitamins can reverse gray hair, is to not give up until your goal is accomplished.

Choosing Color For Your Locs

For those of you who are planning on coloring  the grays in your locs, be sure to do your research first, to avoid any disaster, such as locs breakage or worse. Over-processing is another problem with traditional hair dyes, which can lead to hair-loss. Natural hair dyes are less likely to be a problem, unless you are allergic to it.

Sticking With the Grays

Having gray locs can be beautiful. Some people gray in patches, while others may have streaks or a little here and there. As long as you’re happy and comfortable with your grays, go ahead and rock them. They’re naturally yours.

Locs Care: Coping With Dry Scalp in Cold Winter Months

Now that the weather is colder, I’ve noticed that my scalp is drier than normal, resulting in white flakes. My scalp is not itchy, it’s just dry. In fact, I may not have noticed it, if it wasn’t in the front of my head. It suddenly hit me that I needed to adjust my haircare products to adjust to the changes in the climate.

Drying of the Scalp and Dreads in Cold Weather

Dry scalp in the winter is quite common, but some people mistake it for eczema or dandruff. If you get dry scalp mixed up with these other scalp issues, you  can make things worst by using the wrong hair products.

Cold Months Locs and Moisture

If you fail to moisturize your scalp during the cold months, dry scalp can become even drier and more irritated, leading to terrible itching, then the flakes will get trapped in your hair.

You know how bad that can be when you have locs. Walking around with white flakes stuck in your locs is just not cool. Neglecting your scalp when it’s cold, will just make things worse.

Natural Ways To Treat Dry Scalp Locs

There is no need to use harsh hair products to treat and prevent dry flaky scalp, when there are many more natural alternative options. Some of the natural oils that you may already have, can be used mixed or use alone, to apply to your scalp.

Locs Color Change in Cold Months

Another thing I’ve noticed with my locs since the weather turned cold, is that my hair color looks different. I don’t know if it’s because the moisture is being sucked out of it so fast that the color is changing as well.

Sometimes we just have to experiment and see what works best for our locs. This is important, since we all don’t have the same types of locs or hair-type. Some people have sisterlocks, others have freeform, thicker or thinner. Some hair may take a little more work to keep it healthy.

Celebrating My 4-Year Locs Anniversary

Finally, I’ve reached another exciting milestone in my locs journey. Yes, my 4 years locs anniversary is here, and I am celebrating it by pampering my hair, including getting a scalp massage, retwist, and a different hairstyle.

As the year draws to an end, I look back on my journey and have seen tremendous growth, and knowledge. It is amazing how far I’ve come from this …

Almost a month old dreads

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To this, 4 years later.

 

I can tell you that it was not always easy. There were times when I was questioning myself about whether I should quit the journey, but when I looked at the pros and the cons of having dreads, the pros outweighed the cons, so I decided to continue on my journey.

Many of you may be facing the same situation as we speak. Maybe you are considering locs for this upcoming new year, but you need a little guidance, or encouragement.

Going Through the Different Stages of Locs

At first, your hair may not look like what you want it to look like. There is the starter stages or baby locs stage, budding, locking, etc.

Your locs will transform into their own individual look. It’s like a work of art, and that’s what makes it so unique and special. You just have to learn to embrace the uniqueness of your dreads.

Ignoring Mean Comments During Early Locs Stages

You will encounter a lot of negative comments or stereotypical comments from people about having locs, but don’t let that stop you from doing what you want. At the end of the day, it’s your hair and your life.

Looking Presentable for Work With Dreads

Some workplaces my not allow you to have dreadlocks. Others may be more lenient, as long as you keep your hair neat and presentable. Having locs shouldn’t stop you from having a good job. There are so may ways to style your dreads professionally.

Locs and A Healthier Body

Another great thing about my locs journey, is that I find myself eating more natural food and using natural skincare products. I can see a huge improvement in the health of my skin, compared to when I used to use traditional skincare products.

Eating Healthy And Locs 2018

You see, having locs for me is not just about my hair. It opens up a lot of other doors to eating healthy and living healthier. Your overall health comes into play here. I find myself making fresh juices, and drinking less of the store-bought juices.

I know we sometimes get carried away with just buying hair products and ignoring the fact that we need to eat healthy and exercise too, in order to have beautiful locs. Yes, what you put in your body does affect the health of your hair.

Keeping fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. You can set aside a few minutes to do your exercise, whether it’s at the gym, or using a home gym. Make a difference this new year by taking both the health of your hair and body, in your own hands.