Loc maintenance doesn’t have to be time consuming, nor does it have to be difficult. It can actually be easy! Keep reading to find out what I’m currently doing to maintain my starter locs.
There are a few things that you should know about my locs.
- They are about 1 week old
- I started them on my own with small 2 strand twists.
- I purposely used a relaxed parting system. I don’t have diamond parts, square parts, etc. I used my finger nails to gently carve out each section of hair.
Disclaimer: While I do have a ton of experience with natural hair, I AM NOT A LOCTICIAN. Everything that you will read here is specific to my own experience and loads of research.
*****If you’d rather watch my video that I made on this same topic, check out my YouTube video here!*****
Now, let’s get into it!
My Loc Maintenance Routine
To maintain my locs, I currently do two things, and these two things help me to keep my locs moisturized while they do their thing.
Number 1: Protecting Your Locs
I cover my hair up every single night to keep my locs from drying out.
Covering my hair up at night helps to ensure that my cotton covers and pillowcase don’t rub up against my locs and suck the moisture out of them. Also, covering my hair up protects my locs from nighttime offenders like lint, dust, and dirt.
What do I use to protect my hair at night?
I don’t use just anything to protect my locs overnight. I use my trusty dusty satin bonnet.
I chose this bonnet because it’s made of satin and it glides across my locs without snagging them.
It also stays on my head all night and isn’t too tight.
Where you can find a Satin Bonnet
A bonnet like this one is super easy to find. You can find one like it on Amazon, at Sally Beauty, Walmart, or your local beauty supply store.
Protect Your Locs All The Time
I feel like my locs should always be protected. Not only at night. So, I don’t let my locs rub up against anything that’s absorbent even throughout the day, and that’s because I want the moisture that I add to my locs, as well as the sebum that my scalp naturally produces, to stay in my locs.
Number 2: Loc Moisture
I wet my locs every morning. I spray them with my “loc-coction” until they are damp to make sure they remain nourished throughout the remainder of that day.
- Tap Water (use distilled water if it’s available)
- Rose water
- Vitamin E Oil Blend (it’s got jojoba oil and rose hip oil)
Below, I’ve included pictures of the rose water and vitamin e oil that I use in my loc spray.
How to Make my Daily Loc Spray
The spray is super easy to make.
- First mix 3 parts water, 1 part rose water, and about 10 drops of the vitamin e oil to the spray bottle.
- Shake the bottle vigorously to distribute the goodness.
For anyone who wants to try this method of loc moisturization: Don’t miss any spots when you spray your locs. Section your locs if needed and don’t forget to spray your scalp. Your locs need a nourished foundation to grow long and healthy.
You can wet them first thing in the morning and they’ll have time to air dry before you wrap them up at night.
Side note: I don’t wet my locs at night because that can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
Things I May Do In the Future To Maintain My Locs
Oil my scalp
I haven’t oiled my scalp since I did my starter locs a week ago, but within the next few days, I plan to lightly oil my scalp with either olive oil or vitamin e oil. And going forward, I will continue to oil my scalp as necessary.
Condition my Locs
The topic of conditioning locs is controversial because there’s is a division of thought surrounding whether we should be conditioning our locs at all.
As for me, I will definitely be conditioning my locs every time I wash them. I am also considering doing a deep conditioning treatment every few months, but I’m not totally sure I want to do that yet. It will depend on the condition of my hair at that time.
Incorporate Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice has great moisturizing properties, and I am thinking about adding it to my daily loc moisturizing spray. I ordered my Aloe Vera juice yesterday and I’m excited to receive it.
My Overall Thoughts
I simply don’t subscribe to the notion that natural hair needs to be bone dry to loc up or that you should avoid water like the plague. Locs are made up of natural hair, and dry, thirsty natural hair will break and fall out whether it’s locked or not.
Naturally Textured YouTube Channel
I uploaded a video on my loc maintenance routine. You can find the video here. I’ll be uploading a 2 week loc update video next Tuesday. So I encourage you to check out my YouTube Channel and subscribe so you won’t miss any updates.
Feel free to share your experience in the comments! How do you maintain your locs? Do you have any tips for loc maintenance? Do you use Aloe Vera juice on your locs? I’d love to know.