“Should I use this or should I use that?”
“What can I put on my hair?”
“Is it okay to wash my hair often?”
We ask ourselves so many questions when caring for our locks. However, maintaining healthy locked hair can be simple (in fact, foolproof) when you know what to do and what not to do to your hair. This article will give you some basic Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to lock maintenance. Before presenting you with what you should and should not do, keep in mind that there is no way to make an exhaustive list, however, this list will get you started. When taking care of your locks, many people are bombarded with what they CANNOT do, that they forget to enjoy what they CAN do. Keep in mind the DON’Ts and embrace the DOs. The new found freedoms that your locks bring also afford you the chance to DO a lot! Here are the “Dreadlock Commandments”:
THOU SHALL NOT USE WAX TO START YOUR LOCKS.
No matter what, do NOT ever put any kind of beeswax on your hair. In the past many have believed that using beeswax was the only why to start locks. However, this ideology couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, using beeswax actually isn’t a good thing at all. One of the main reasons that wax is a “no-no” is simply because of the fact that wax doesn’t breakdown in water. What does this mean? It means that no matter how much you wash your hair, the beeswax will forever be in your locks. Wax also attracts debris, lint, dirt, pollutants, and other undesired things into you hair that might also be hard to wash out. If you ever meet someone that uses beeswax on their hair, look at their locks and you will see the buildup that using wax has left over the years. There are other products that can be used to lock your hair that are also beneficial to your hair as well. Products such as lanolin, honey, olive oil, avocado butter, shea butter, and similar items can have the same holding power as wax BUT lead to healthier hair.
THOU SHALL NOT MAKE CARING FOR YOUR LOCKS COMPLICATED.
Lock maintenance is as simple as it comes. Some try to make the process a complicated maze in order to keep others from wanted to take on this commitment. The only thing a lock wearer really needs to do is develop a good hair routine and stick with it. If need be, you can just get up and go without doing anything to your hair. Keeping the process simple makes this commitment even more attractive.
THOU SHALL NOT WEAR YOUR HAIR IN THE SAME STYLE OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME (OR REPEATEDLY).
Sometimes we get eager when we get to different stages in the locking process. One big milestone will be when your hair gets long enough to put in a ponytail. Once you reach that stage, you might have the urge to always throw your hair up in a ponytail, EVERYDAY. Please resist this urge. Repeatedly wearing your hair in the same hairstyle day in and day out, will create weak spots in those area that are continuously under stress due to tight hair ties, hair pins, hair bands, and other hair accoutrements. For example, if you like to wear your hair in a ponytail everyday, you might notice down the line that in the same area on every lock you have a spot where your locks look like they might break. This weak spot is from constantly using a hair tie to hold your pigtail. Also, always pulling your hair back may also cause traction alopecia Divine Locks because of the constant tension on your hairline. Just be mindful and try to give your locks time to JUST BE.
THOU SHALL NOT OVERLOAD YOUR HAIR WITH TOO MANY PRODUCTS.
You will get advice from people about what your locks need; but, be careful what advice you listen to. Always research any advice you are not familiar with. For instance, someone might recommend that you use conditioner on your locks; however, during the beginning stages of the locking process, conditioner is a “no-no”. If you use a lock stylist to maintain your locks, ask her/his advice when it comes to unfamiliar recommendations. Remember, the less you put on your hair and do to your hair, the better.
THOU SHALL FIND AN EXPERIENCED LOCK STYLIST TO HELP START YOUR LOCKS (OR TO CONSULT WITH).
Unless you are familiar with the locking process, you might find that seeking out a knowledgeable lock stylist is a great value. It is wise to schedule a consultation with a lock stylist, prior to starting your locks. During this appointment, you can discuss your goals, tentative lock sizes, and provide pictures of the type of locks you are seeking. Also, during this appointment, you can also interview the lock stylist regarding her experience as a natural hair stylist. Even if you plan to maintain your locks yourself after you start, having the locks started by a professional will ensure that your beginner locks are uniform and adequate in size. When it comes to starting locks, SIZE DOES MATTER! If you start your locks too small, then your matured locks will be even smaller because locks tighten as they mature. Moreover, starting locks too small will lead to the undesired consequence of your locks breaking and being weak later on down the line.
THOU SHALL LEARN ABOUT THE LOCKING PROCESS BEFORE EMBARKING ON LOCKING YOUR HAIR.
Equipping yourself with the knowledge about the transformations that your locks will undergo will help to make the entire locking experience more enjoyable. Furthermore, learning about the stages of locking will help you to know whether or not you locks are following the norm when it comes to the locking stages. This knowledge will also help you to determine if your hair is doing anything weird that you might want to discuss with your lock stylist.