If you just started your locs and are wondering whether or not you should use conditioner on your starter locs, then you are in the right place! While, the use of condition on locs is a heavily debated topic for which I have mixed feelings about, I want to share with you the science behind conditioner and locs to allow you to make the decision that works best for you and your journey.
USING CONDITIONER ON LOCS
First and foremost, I believe that you absolutely should condition your locs, however what that “conditioning agent” looks like can be very different than what you’re use to. The most commonly known conditioning products for textured hair are the cream-based conditioner and opaque leave-in conditioners. These products work great when you have loose natural hair, or even relaxed hair, where the goal is to minimize tangles, reduce frizz, and smooth the hair. However, with loc’d hair the use of cream-based conditioners on locs can slow down your progression through the stages of hair locking. Think about it— your goal is to tangle and mat your hair (to form locs) and conditioner detangles. Additionally, the continued improper use of cream-based conditioner on locs can also aid in the potential for lint accumulation and buildup.
So, how do I condition my locs?
I’m glad you asked, let’s talk about a few alternatives to conditioner for locs.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO CONDITION LOCS
While there are numberous ways that you can strengthen and condition your locs without using creamy conditioners, I’ll share 3 of my top favorite methods.
Herbal Rinse: An Herbal Rinse specifically formulated for locs does a great job at nourishing the scalp, strengthening the locs, and preventing any mold/mildew growth. What’s also great about Herbal Rinses for locs is that they double as a refresher throughout the week!
Hot Oil Treatment: Hot Oil Treatments nourish dry, dehydrated scalps and help to seal the moisture into the shaft of locs. The key to Hot Oil Treatments is to use the proper type of oil so that you don’t weigh down the hair or create an environment for build-up.
Without a doubt, you will find people using creamy conditioner on their locs and even hair care professionals or Locticians that swear by it’s usage in caring for locs. And if you are still a believer in cream-based conditioner on your locs, I’m not against you, just please be sure that you’re diluting it probably and rinsing it extremely well! For everyone else, your best choice for strengthening and conditioning your locs are using one (or more) of the alternatives listed above.
Interested in learning more about hair care treatments for your locs? Join the “Hair Care Treatments & Hydration Techniques” class in the NuGrowth Academy!