If you’re not properly shampooing your locs at home your hair is getting dirtier with each shampoo! A few signs that you may not be properly shampooing your locs at home include constantly dry hair, dullness, a white tint to your locs, and stiffness. I personally understand how much caring for your hair at home can save money, but don’t end up costing yourself more in the long run. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned for shampooing your locs at home.
3 Tips for Properly Shampooing Locs at Home
Use Water Soluble Products. The ingredients of the products you use are very important to maintaining healthy hair. Choosing to use water-soluble products means that with every rinse after you shampoo the product will dissolve away instead of building up in the locs. Fun fact: Any product that contains petrolatum / mineral oil is hydrophobic and is NOT water-soluble.
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Water Pressure Matters. The typical shower head or sink, generally, does not produce enough water pressure to effectively penetrate deep within the locs to loosen buildup and/or any dirt/oils that may have settled since the last shampoo. With that being said, a detachable shower head or faucet with adjustable water settings to increase the concentration of water are a necessity when it comes to thoroughly cleaning your locs.
Rinse! And Rinse Some More! You should be rinsing your locs for a minimum of 15 minutes; longer if your locs are past your shoulders! Think about it, your locs are a lot of compact hair intertwined together. Always listen to your hair. Literally. After you finish rinsing for 15+ minutes run your hands through your hair and if hear that sudsy soap sound, rinse again!
Implementing these basic shampoo practices will set the foundation for your locs to thrive and ensure that you are properly shampooing your locs at home. And if you still need help with dullness, how to keep your locs soft, or ways to remove past soap scum from your locs, I highly recommend you join the next workshop on moisturizing your locs at home!