Celebrating 2.5 Years with Locs!

CurlyNuGrowth Smiling in Selfie of Thick Locs at 2.5 years

Wow, my locs are half way to 5 years old, or 2½ years old to be exact! I still remember sitting in my bathroom and starting my locs, and now they’re touching my shoulders and doing their own thing. Two and a half years is a big milestone for me personally because it is the longest I’ve ever had locs, if you can remember I cut my Sisterlocks just shy of 2 years. I celebrated my “half of five locversary” by taking lots of texture celfiés on Instagram and I will be treating my locs to a much needed shampoo and style soon!

Length Check and Selfie of CurlyNuGrowth at 2.5 Years with Locs

Products  I’m Currently Using

I have gone back to using my tried and true products on my locs to help restore moisture in my locs and keep my regimen simple. On wash day, I shampoo my locs using the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, then oil my scalp and hair using Alikay Naturals Hair Growth Oil. On an (almost) daily basis I use OyinHandmade Greg Juice to add moisture to my hair (and make it smell good) then seal it in again using the Alikay Naturals Hair Growth Oil.

OyinHandmade Greg Juice and Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil are Products for Thick Dreads

When I do choose to retwist my locs, which is not that often, I do NOT use any type of retwisting product, instead I use the No-Clip Maintenance method on freshly shampooed and moisturized hair.

What I’ve Learned About My Locs

Locs are like plants that need to be nourished and cared for, but also thrive with little intervention. So what I’ve learned about my locs is that less is more. I use the least amount of products to keep my hair and scalp hydrated and don’t manipulate it too much with retwisting. Also, being consistent and using products that I know work and choosing natural-based products have made the world of difference. I’ve come along way from using As I Am Smoothing Gel on my locs. One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned thus far though is that temporary hair color isn’t always better for your hair. I’ve struggled with the damage of permanently coloring my hair and also the war on removing the build up from hair chalk in my locs, so for now I stay away from chemical hair colors.

Up close texture shot of Thick Locs on CurlyNuGrowth at 2.5 Years Old

I know you’re wondering what that blue highlighted loc is since I’m anti-haircolor at the moment. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a new solution that requires no chemical haircoloring on temporary hair spray so I can still have fun with my locs!

CurlyNuGrowth Smiling in Selfie of Thick Locs at 2.5 years

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

Blog Comments

You look great with large locs! Glad to see an update. I will be posting soon myself on the ills of hair chalk/bentonite clay and other things in locks. YouTube did me in with my first set of locks. I did the clay trick and suffered horrible build up that led to more debilitating health issues and had to take them down. I’m now going towards my 3rd year with SLs (switched with you, lol) and less is best. I also refrain from YT bandwagons. So many responders with no build up are only 2 years in..I had my first set for 7 and it wasnt until year 5 that the results of my experiments were intolerable and unavoidable.

Wow! Ain’t that the truth. With locs it takes time to see the damage you could be causing. I can’t wait to see/read the updates about the ills of the clay — I thought it was good, in moderation.

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