When I first started my locs I needed something to prevent my hair from unraveling. I searched for a product that would naturally help my hair to loc faster and/or prevent my soft hairs from coming out of my newly formed locs; I found the Jane Carter Natural Hold Locking Spray. The Natural Hold Locking Spray was an essential part of my regimen when I first started my Traditional Locs.
Natural Hold Locking Spray Product Review
The Natural Hold Locking Spray is lightweight mist that is formulated to provide extra hold without any stiffness or dryness. After I retwisted my locs, I would spray my hair with the Natural Hold Locking Spray and then sit under the hair dryer. The hair dryer is key to the Natural Hold Locking Spray working because it is actived by heat. After about an hour under the hair dryer, I’d emerge resenting that torturous heat but rejoicing with shiny, great smelling locs that almost always stayed in place.
The Natural Hold Locking Spray cost about $9 in most beauty supply stores but is in my Amazon store for only $7! It is a great investment because a whole bottle lasted me a year, even using it every 2 weeks. A few quick sprays are all you need or you’ll risk your locs being too stiff. Always remember last is more!
Ingredients & Product Knowledge
The ingredients listed in the Natural Hold Locking Spray are:
Admittedly, when I discovered and first started using the Natural Hold Locking Spray I didn’t pay much attention to the ingredients or do any further research assuming that because it said “NATURAL” it was made with all natural ingredients. However, there are a few ingredients that aren’t as natural as I thought but they are used in small amounts as the product is mostly water.
Water (Aqua) – Good Ingredient – Average hair care products contain about 50% to 90% water. The rest of the ingredients determine the look, feel, and performance of the product and it is standard practice for water to go through a purification process.
PVP/VA Copolymer – Cautionary Ingredient –
Film-forming/ plasticizing polymer. These are best avoided in shampoo and conditioners because they can build up and get sticky.
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Okay Ingredient – An extract from the leaves of the sage plant that is put in hair products more as a marketing gimmick, because it’s a natural ingredient, and has folkloric appeal as an astringent.
Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Okay Ingredient – Used as a hair tonic and growth stimulant, and thought to prevent dandruff and premature baldness . However, in the very tiny amounts found in hair care products, the chances of it being able to do anything are slim.
Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract – Avoid Ingredient – Can build up over time and cause hair to become brittle or sticky because it coats the hair with a thin film of protein-like material.
Fragrance – Cautionary Ingredient – The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Phenoxethanol – Okay Ingredient – This is an oily, white to off-white liquid that smells a bit like roses. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that kills bacteria and is believed to be less irritating than others and it can also be used as a fragrance. It also has some conditioning and emollient properties.
Jane Carter explains more about the product and ingredients in her video about how she retwists locs:
Pros & Cons of the Natural Hold Locking Spray
Gives great hold. Especially useful for starter locs and/or soft textures of hair.
Smells great. The mix of Nettles, Rosemary, and Sage give a refreshing scent to the locs. It’s not too floral so both men and women can use it.
Lightweight. It’s a water based spray so it doesn’t build up much (less is more!).
Adds Shine. Gives a nice finished look and polish to the locs.
Can make locs crunchy. Less is more!
Ingredients are not 100% natural.
Have to sit under the dryer. If you want to solely air dry this will not work for you.
Have you tried the Natural Hold Locking Spray yet?
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.