Thursday, September 16, 2010
My locs: Post-wash
Just random shots of my hurr, y'all. I got an email from a reader who asked me if I could post pictures of what my hair looks like after I wash it. She said that hers is very hard and brittle.
In essence, locs are hard. After all, they are strands of hair that are locked together. I don't think we can compare straight hair to how our locs feel.
And of course, it depends on products you use on your hair. Since I've been head over heels in love with Peter Lamas' Wheatgrass Purifying Shampoo, I find that my locs feel so much softer than when I use castile soap.
Not that I dislike castile soap. I will forever use it...but does it give my locs that softness that I desire? Not so much.
I don't even feel like I need to use conditioner or hair oil after I wash. That's how moisturizing that shampoo is. I think the key is finding a shampoo that works; be it homemade or commercial. While I go back and forth between many shampoos, I like to use Peter Lamas' every few weeks. My hair always thanks me.
The reader also asked if my new growth stays loc'd after a wash. Short answer? Nope! But that's because I maintain through palm rolling. I imagine my interlockin' and latchin' sisters don't have these issues. Not that it's an "issue". It is what it is. Most times after a wash, I don't palm roll, but sometimes I do. There aren't any rules.
The hair in the back of my head always acts nutty though. It's as if it forgets like it was supposed to be loc'ing and goes back to being a ton of loose natural hair.
Some locs are good kids and stay loc'd. Like 4 of them.
I love my locs post- wash. Even the dandruff has gone away. In fact, I find that the less oil I use, the less aggravated my scalp is. I can dig it.
I think we can maintain the softness of our locs by making sure they stay BFFs with water. I spritz my hair daily with some. I'm not washing as much (maybe every 2 weeks....is that bad? LOL!) but my locs reunite with water daily.
Water is absolutely amazing.
Peace, my loves.