Shampoo at least every 4 weeks but for most people every 2-3 weeks is best.*
- Do a triple shampoo (shampoo then rinse, repeat 3 times) to ensure scalp and locs are clean; should take at least 20 minutes.
- Use gentle to moderate pressure to avoid scratching the scalp (causes microscopic tears) and avoid breaking roots.
- After shampoo, generously spray leave-in conditioner to hair.
- Do not use traditional creamy conditoner.
- If possible, shampoo locs with sprayer at kitchen sink for a more thorough cleaning and comfortable experience.
*If you sweat heavily in your scalp and/or are in environments with strong odors you may need to shampoo more often.
- DO NOT AIR DRY.
How often you decide to Retwist depends on your personal aesthetics but it is suggested you Shampoo & Retwist at least every 4 weeks if you are in the repair process or if you like a neater look.*
- Only retwist damp/wet hair.
- Retwists should always be gentle to moderate to avoid excessive tension and stress on roots that will lead to breakage, thinning, or bald spots (traction alopecia).
- Do NOT retwist more often than every 2 weeks or you will get breakage. Keep in mind that retwisting and/or neatening your edges counts as a retwist.
- You may use edge control to slick down edges; limit this to once a week.
- All locs MUST BE RETWISTED IN THE SAME DIRECTION!
- Usually locs are retwisted to the right/clockwise,
- Use locking gel. Do not use wax, styling gels, edge controls, or shea butter.
*Keep in mind that retwisting helps train the hair to lock faster, stay neater, and lay down.
It is important to properly dry hair to stop mildew from growing (yikes!) and prevent brittleness (dry and breaks easily).
- Sit under hood dryer until locs are at least 85% dry. Roots and the majority of the length must be dry, only the tips may be slightly wet.
- Dry hair under hood dryer.
- Hand-held blow dryers and bonnet dryers are only suitable for those with short and average density/thick hair.
- After locs are dry, spray leave-in conditioner to hair and oil /grease scalp.
- Hood hair dryers can be purchased from online retailers (e.g. Amazon) or from beauty supply stores. Get the highest wattage you can for $50-$75.
Starting 2-3 days after a shampoo, begin moisturizing by lightly misting locs daily using leave-in conditioner spray and oil/grease scalp weekly or as needed.
- Leave-in conditioner spray may be used several times a day if needed but slowly work your way up. Make sure you lightly mist locs and do not over saturate or mist too often to avoid buildup.
- Clients with really dry scalps may need to moisturize more often. Start by oiling scalp once a week and work your way up to 2-3 times a week. If you scalp is still dry, consider using a grease (translucent, not creamy, not waxy) 1-2 times a week. Make sure you do NOT get grease on roots or locs to avoid buildup.
To freshen up between shampoos*, consider using a liquid dry shampoo product, witch hazel, or diluted Sea Breeze.
- Be sure to lightly moisturize scalp afterwards with leave-in conditioner spray, if needed.
*Ideal for clients who sweat in their scalp, work out, and/or are in environments with strong odors (smoke, pets, etc.)
It is strongly suggested to use recommended products or products made specifically for locs until you gain experience in selecting products.
- NEVER use products that are creamy, contain wax, or excessively thick or you will get buildup. Avoid these types of products even if they are made for locs.
- Completely cover hair before sleeping to prevent breakage, avoid lint, keep roots neat, and keep hair moisturized.
- Use a hair covering that is made of a silky or satin like material.
- Still applies even if you have satin or silk sheets.
Styles should never be tight or uncomfortable. If your scalp is sore, red, swollen, and or has small bumps remove style immediatly.
-Be sure to give your hair time to rest between styles.
At least every 3 months see a loctician, preferably one experienced in repairs, for a consultation to assess the health of your hair.
If you sweat heavily in your scalp and/or are in environments with strong odors you may need to shampoo more often to keep your hair clean and/or prevent mildew from growing.
- When exercising, wear cotton bandanas or similar materials to absorb sweat from scalp. Change when it is fully saturated. Do not reuse until it has been laundered.
- Immediately after workout session, dry scalp with blow dyer or sit under hood dryer to dry scalp and roots, this prevents mildew. If not possible, do it later in the day for 2-10 minutes, even if scalp and roots feel dry. Lightly moisturize scalp with leave-in conditioner spray.
- To freshen up between shampoos, consider doing a dry shampoo using a liquid dry shampoo, witch hazel, or diluted Sea Breeze. Be sure to lightly moisturize scalp afterwards with leave-in conditioner spray, if needed.
- To keep a neater look and/or focus attention away from messy roots, consider styles like curls, crinkles, braids, rope twists, barrel rolls, and loc petals.
- Hair may be shampooed up to 2 times with braids and rope twists in but you MUST sit under hood dryer until your locs are COMPLETELY DRY.
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