Now that you’ve installed your gorgeous faux locs and you are grabbing everyone’s attention wherever you go, we have curated an essential aftercare guide that YOU NEED TO AND SHOULD follow to keep those locs fresh and frizz-free throughout your faux locs journey.
Faux locs are a unique hairstyle, so taking care of them also requires their own set of rules. These are the top five tips that you should essentially follow to maintain those gorgeous locs. Before installing the faux locs, you should consider a deep cleanse, with conditioning, and moisturizing; then seal the moisture in.
Five Vital Loc Maintenence Tips
Just because they are called a protective hairstyle and they cover your natural hair completely; doesn’t mean they don’t require cleansing. They do! Every protective hairstyle does. Just make sure that you do not completely drench your head in the water. Instead, mix some shampoo and water in a spray bottle and spray it onto your scalp. You’re going to need it to clean all the build-up of your scalp.
Gently work the solution in your scalp with your fingers and then clean with a wet cloth instead of pouring water over your head. Make sure to avoid the locs getting soaked in water. Not only will this make your locs heavy, but it might also cause them to loosen.
After cleansing it is very crucial to moisturize (just like you would do for any other body part after cleansing). First of all, there are many creams available in the market, choose one according to your scalp needs, and moisturize accordingly after cleansing. You should also oil your scalp on a regular basis to avoid dryness. You can oil your locs occasionally as well for an added amount of shine. You can also spritz some rose water on your scalp for getting that extra moisture level in your scalp. You can also use a light oil like jojoba oil or tea tree oil for your scalp.
If you find your locs are getting frizzy, then don’t worry we have got you covered. If the frizz is in a normal amount then you can apply a light moisturizer to control it. Also, a little frizz makes it look more natural but if it is left unchecked it can become unmanageable.
To control frizz, you can use products that contain shea butter and five principal fatty acids – palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic. They provide essential nutrients, improve hair health, and smoothen out all kinds of hair strands.
Hydrate and moisturize the hair underneath
To keep your roots hydrated and intact, you can apply oils that are naturally sourced oils to the roots and scalp. Coconut oil is a wonderful oil that has a very high moisture retention capacity. It can work wonders for your locs as they don’t allow the moisture to escape so easily. Castor oil is also a staple in many places and can also work wonders for your hair. It helps in nourishing the scalp, strengthens the roots, keeps the bacteria at bay, and maintains the pH balance of your scalp.
Swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk
This is a tip that works not only for faux locs but also works for each and every kind of hair. Cotton fibers rub out and absorb the moisture from your hair while sleeping leaving your scalp dry. Also, the toss and turns you take while sleeping creates friction against your pillowcase and leads to the breakage of hair.
Silk on the other hand helps to retain moisture. Not only will it keep your locs healthy, but it will also help in keeping your face healthy as well. It also helps in reducing split ends and keep the frizz at bay.