When Loc Brushing Goes Wrong

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that loc brushing is important. Loc brushing fights lint, it helps to moisturize locs, it helps with hair growth, and so many other things. And one of the things that I always tell you about Loc Brushing is that the bristles matter. And with that being said, let me tell you about this new brush that I got for my locs. SPOILER ALERT: It was traumatizing.

My first Double Bristle Loc Brush


I purchased this brush a few months ago and I was so excited to get it. When I saw it online and saw that it had two sets of bristles, I was immediately sold. This brush was also marketed as a brush for locs— again, SOLD.

Fast forward to the day my package arrived. I broke it out of the package and immediately started brushing my locs. Then, it happened… I fell into the floor! Okay, maybe I am being dramatic! But I did cringe with the most confused face! This brush DID NOT live up to my expectations. I thought this brush would join the collection of lint fighting brushes that I have, but sadly it tore my locs apart.

After making a few passes over my locs with the double headed brush, there were SOOOO many green pieces of hair in the brush (and no lint). Why, you ask?! First, I do acknowledge that my hair is color-treated so it is weaker than your average set of locs; but also the bristles are SOOOO rough. I’m talking beyond “hard” bristles, these are “extra-hard”, and unfortunately my locs could not withstand them.

So I say all this to encourage you to check the description of the type of bristles in the brush before purchasing. Lesson learned.

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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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Andree Robinson-Neal

Thank you so much, Jocelyn — I love your products and am interested in learning more about loc brushing. Hearing you share about how not all brushes are equal was very helpful and I’m off to learn more as I haven’t been brushing. Appreciate all you do!

I brush my locs but i use a different brush. I got my brush from peculiar roots.

I thought it was just me! I also noticed A LOT of hair on the floor afterwards. I thought the bristles were TOO hard. Now, I won’t feel guilty about wasting the money. My hair deserves better!

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