Start with a medicated shampoo
The advantage of wearing locs is that you have access to the scalp because of the parts, making it easier to apply medicated shampoos and ointments. When starting locs I would first recommend a thorough scalp treatment or shampoo and conditioning treatment that will remove all dirt, buildup, and flakes from the scalp. This is important, because if you install your locs with residue or flakes in the hair or on the scalp, they become very difficult to remove once the locs are installed. Medicated shampoos are formulated with active ingredients that can penetrate the skin and exfoliate hardened skin cells (flakes) on the scalp and soothe itchy symptoms. Medicated shampoos are more effective when you apply them directly to the scalp, massage it in so that it completely covers the scalp, and allow it to sit for 10-15 min.
After rinsing the medicated shampoo it is important to follow up with a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner that will infuse moisture back into the hair strands because medicated shampoos are very drying. Oftentimes, people with scalp conditions don’t use their medicated shampoos as frequently as they should because of how dry it leaves the hair. The use of a moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner after the application of a medicated shampoo is a crucial step to maintain the health of the hair without compromising the health of the scalp.
Once your locs are installed, maintenance of your scalp condition is simple. Depending on the severity of your scalp condition, I recommend using your medicated shampoo at least 2-3 times a week for one month. If the symptoms improve after a month, you can decrease the use of the medicated shampoo to 1-2 times a week for another month. If improvement continues, then I suggest using the medicated shampoo at least once a week. If your symptoms flare up, you can always increase the use of the medicated shampoo to manage your symptoms. Locs are the perfect style for someone who has to shampoo their hair this often.
When replenishing moisture into the hair, I don’t recommend using cream deep conditioners on locs that are still in the early stages of the loc process.
When replenishing moisture into the hair, I don’t recommend using cream deep conditioners on locs that are still in the early stages of the loc process. Conditioners soften the hair, and this will prolong the loc process. Instead use essential oils to soften the hair and seal in moisture. Once the locs mature and solidify, cream conditioners are okay to use on occasion, just make sure you are diligent in rinsing all of the conditioner from the locs so that it doesn’t cause buildup and residue.
If you have a scalp condition, I think locs are one of the best styling options to consider, especially because a lot of flaky, itchy conditions don’t have cures. This means you have a lifetime of shampooing the hair on a regular basis ahead of you. If you have a busy lifestyle or have difficulty styling and maintaining your loose natural curls, you may want to consider locking them up. Locs will give you the freedom to cleanse your scalp as often as you need to, ease of styling, and a simplified hair care regimen that doesn’t require a lot of styling products.
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