Imagine walking into the beauty supply store to purchase products for your new locs and instantly feeling overwhelmed.
The shelves are stocked with beautifully designed shampoo bottles and brightly colored locking gels. You reach for a product that says “for locs, braids and twists” and open it to indulge in how it smells. The scent is fragrant and you think to yourself— I wouldn’t mind my hair smelling like this. You hold on to this product and keep browsing because you really aren’t sure if this is the best product for your locs or not. Ultimately you purchase a few products that smell great, claim to be for locs, and highlight the natural ingredients right on the front of the package. Now fast forward 3 months later and you find your locs filled with buildup and dry. 😳 Can I share with you what went wrong?
Using store bought products on locs
The majority of products for locs at the store are trash. And I say that respectfully. It is unfortunate that for so long naturally cultivated locs have been disregarded as a way to wear your hair. As a result, most “products for locs” are just natural hair products that include the words locs and braids on them. However, the reality is locs are not loose natural hair and as such all natural hair products will not automatically work for locs. In fact most do not. How this shows up in your locs is with dryness, product buildup, and lint$mdash; in the best case scenario.
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Which store bought products are safe for locs
To better help you navigate the beauty supply store for products for locs you want to be aware of 3 things. Ingredients. Consistency. And marketing language used. When you grab a product off of the shelf review the ingredients (on the back), look at the consistency, and read the description of the product. You can find out which products I believe are “safe enough” for locs that you can find at the store in my latest YouTube video.
And share your favorite loc products in the comments!