Is Hair Color Wax Safe For Locs?

So you’re ready for some color in your locs but not quite ready to commit to permanent hair color. Or maybe you just want to switch it up because having different color hair is fun. I totally get it— my hair is aquamarine. But before you purchase any hair wax for your locs let me warn you. I don’t believe any type of wax should be used in locs. You can see for yourself in my recent video “Hair Chalk vs Hair Wax for Locs”. In this video, I show you what hair chalk and hair wax look like on your locs before and after shampooing— under a microscope.

And if you’re interested to know what led me to do this experiment let me tell you an interesting story.

A Story: Hair color wax in locs

I once met a young lady that had bleached and colored her locs two years before sitting in my chair. After her green hair color faded, she decided to try hair wax on her locs. As I was shampooing her locs, using the detoxifying shampoo that I commonly use in the salon, a lot of pink color suds started to appear. Naturally, I asked her, “Have you been putting anything pink in your hair recently?”. To which she responded “No, but I did use pink hair color wax last year.” A whole year later the residue from the hair wax was still inside her locs. It was that experience that let me know hair wax for locs was NOT a good idea.

Thankfully, I was able to remove all of the residual hair wax from her locs. So, if you’ve already applied hair color wax to your locs you will most definitely need to detox your locs. And if you haven’t used any hair wax on your locs, keep it that way! As you’ll see in the “Hair Chalk vs Hair Color Wax for Locs” video there are better options!

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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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I’m curious if either the spray/chalk or wax transferred when it was saturated in the locs. Did you find that the color stayed put on the locs before shampooing?

They definitely do transfer to your hands and clothing. I had gloves on when washing but afterwards it still stained my hands.

I certainly would appreciate trying the Noggin Oil products for scalp itching. Sometimes my scalp itches right after shampooing, and before I need a wash. I have found that Groganics Liquid Scratch spray works pretty well.

wow! i use to love hair wax for my locs until this video!!! thanks for sharing.

Yup. I tried the blue hair wax and experienced HEAVY build up. I had to scrub my hair with dawn dish soap, do vinegar soaks, and after my final dawn dish soap cleans it shrunk up my mid bicep length locs just under my chin. I was so nervous but with conditioner and time they slowly unbunched. Not worth it!!!! Next time I’d rather wrap blue hair around my locs temporarily.

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