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A huge misconception about locs is that they thrive in an unclean environment. That simply is not true.  Locs, like loose hair, need regular maintenance, even if it’s less. We decided to give a basic 101 on loc care, from cleansing to moisturizing. Here are necessary products and practices that many people with locs swear by!


Locs need to be cleaned regularly. Some products for locs contain ingredients that will create massive buildup. This buildup can cause mold and ruin one’s locs if not removed. Chimere Faulk, a loctician and stylist out of Atlanta, created the all-natural line Dr. Locs. Dr. Locs Pre-Cleanser is an excellent choice for removing dirt, oils, and product buildup on locs. The pre-cleanser is great for every wash day or for when buildup is at its worst.

When you are ready to wash, Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo is a popular choice. It gently cleanses the locs and stimulates the scalp with tea tree extracts.

Not all loc wearers stick to products specifically formulated for locs. Some prefer universal natural hair products like SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.

Finding what works best at removing all the oil, dirt, and product buildup in your locs to keep them clean and healthy should be the focus for whatever product you choose.


Refreshing is key to maintaining healthy locs and keeping them conditioned. Refreshers are created to promote healthy hair growth, diminish itching, and keep locs looking and feeling soft.

Dr. Locs Jinan Leave-In Conditioner is a daily loc maintenance spray that moisturizes and leaves locs softer.

Another favorite is Lockology Aloe and Rose Hydrating Mist, which moisturizes and conditions the locs without creating product buildup.


While some feel conditioner is not intended for locs, as they may soften them up too much and unravel them, there is a use for them.

According to Dr. Kari Willaims, conditioners can and should be used once locs have solidified or matured.

Retwisting creams

Knatty Dread Dreadlocks Cream and Taliah Waajid Lock It Up are two popular stylers that keep frizz at bay while helping hair to lock under palm rolling, twisting, or comb rolling. These two products are excellent for people who do not want wax in their locs. Despite the hate some have for wax, others appreciate it for the maximum hold it provides for their highly active lifestyle. A popular one is Knotty Boy Dreadlock Wax.


Oils are essential in all textured hair care. Whether using pure or blended oils, they serve several purposes in keeping locs healthy.

Dr. Locs Yaya Oil is a dual purpose oil that harnesses avocado and grapeseed oils to combat dryness in the scalp and locs along with restoring shine. Oils like almond or coconut are great as deep conditioners when they are lightly coated on the locs. This is also great for winter months to ensure locs stay moisturized, but you can deep condition with oils on every wash day.

Trial and error will always be your guide, but striving for healthy locs is how you achieve gorgeous hair!

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