You Can Use Foam to Retwist Locs— True or False?

True, you can use foam to retwist your locs!

By foam I am referring to styling foam or mousse as some people like to call it. However, you should be aware that not all foam is created equal. Out of all the different types of products that can be used to retwist locs, foam is the lightest— at least it should be light. I say this because I’ve tried a few different brands of foam and some are too sticky and/or oily to use on locs.

To avoid buildup in your locs, its essential to understand the 5 features to look for in a styling foam before using it on your locs. 

What Makes The Best Styling Foam for Locs

foam for retwisting dreads

I’m sure you’ve seen many aisles filled with all different types of styling aids claiming to deliver the “best results” for your hair. Which means actually finding “the best” product becomes the challenge. To help simplify the choices when shopping for a foam for your locs, I encourage you to make sure the foam meets the following criteria. 

1. Lightweight. Don’t assume just because the state of the product is foam that it will be lightweight. There are some foams that, when applied, are actually really sticky. A sticky or tacky foam will cause buildup to accumulate in your locs. 

2. Dries Quickly. “I love sitting under the dryer!”— said no one ever! The speed that a foam dries largely depends on the type of ingredients in the product. So if you don’t want to roast in the hair dryer for hours be mindful of the ingredient list— less is best. 

3. Minimal Oils. Speaking of ingredients, it is good practice for the foam that you use on your locs to have some natural oils in the mixture but if almost the entire bottle is oil-based you may want to reconsider. Yes, oils will give the hair shine but they also attract buildup into locs and increase drying time. 

4. Gives Flexible Hold. With holistic cultivation of locs, the goal is for the hair to lock naturally and not be “glued” together. A product with a flexible hold allows this to happen. So if it says “tight hold”, “firm hold” or “everlasting hold” put it back on the shelf. 

5. Does Not Flake. I’m sure you can imagine why we don’t want the foam to cause flaking. However, to be clear, any flakes that appear after drying can become trapped in your locs and buildup. Also, it just isn’t cute to have freshly washed flaky hair. 🥴 

In addition to these 5 characteristics, you also want to perform a “Sticky Test” before using any foam on your locs. I’ll show you exactly how to do that and share a few of my favorite foams for locs in my next post.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used a styling foam on your locs and if so, how did you like the results? 

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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.

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Styling Foam was use to on my starter locs and I Loved it!!!!! But it’s been hard to find a loctician in my area that use styling foam. Everyone seems to love gel! I personally hate how it make my hair feel itchy and sticky. I had to travel little out my area for my starter locs but would love to find someone in my area that uses foam for retwist. I even went to a few consultation in my area and was told foam is only use to start locs not for retwist

Hello, what can I do for thinning loss, and itchy locs

My daughter has been on the loc journey for close to 2 years now and she has a lot of lint inbedded in her locs. What do you recommend? Also, I tried to color her hair and it really didn’t turn out how I wanted it. Any suggestions?

You cannot cover over lint. Honestly it may need to be cut out. Check out this post though for more insight: Bye-Bye Lint! The Must-Have Tool for Lint-Free Locs

I love using foam for my locs. My favorite is the Jane Carter foam.

What are a few of your recommendations for a stying foam for dreads?

My hairdresser used foam to start my locs. Some of them bend instead of hang straight down. Should foam be used?

Generally foam is okay to use. The bending is probably because of what you’re covering your hair with (or lack thereof). It is normal for locs to go in random directions when they are first started.

What is a good foam or mousse to use on love? Thank you

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