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We have reached the end of our mini loc series, filling you in on inside secrets for optimal loc care. Today, we have saved the best for last attacking the two most popular myths related to conditioning and hair styling your locs. Not wasting any time, we want you to have the fast answers from a reliable source, so master loctician and celebrity stylist Dr. Kari is giving us more insight. As a certified trichologist and the founder of Mahogany Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic, she knows from experience the essential needs of caring for locs. Let’s see how she responds to these popular myths.

Will deep conditioning unravel your locs?

Dr. Kari: “A conditioning routine should be added to your hair regimen only after the locs have solidified. Conditioners soften the hair, and using them on starter locs or locs that are still in a development phase can interfere with the loc process and prevent locs from maturing. In the meantime, hot oil treatments and the application of oil-based products will keep locs lubricated and healthy. If the locs are colored it is important to use a conditioner formulated for color-treated hair or they will become extremely dry, brittle, and break off. The trick to using conditioners is making sure you have rinsed the conditioner completely from the loc so that it doesn’t leave behind residue.”

Do locs have limited styling options?

Dr. Kari: “It is great to explore the versatility of locs by curling them, crimping them and experimenting with other styles. Playing with your locs helps to dispel the myth that they are not versatile.”

Check out this video by lhamilt sharing 21 Super Simple Styles for Starter Locs, Short/Medium Locs, and Twists.

Do locs naturally thin as they grow?

“Loc thinning does occur as a result of improper care. Over-twisting the locs can cause thinning of the loc. The reality is, locs gain weight as they get longer. The prevention of thinning of the loc begins with how you start your locs. A strong base is required to support the weight of the loc as it gets longer. Breaking up the continuity of twisting with interlocking reinforces the loc to the scalp, eliminates weak points in the loc, and prevents breakage.”

So go ahead and condition your locs after they have fully bloomed or matured, style your hair in versatile looks that you love, and consider the interlocking technique for your hair as it creates a stronger base as your hair lengthens.

Read more: 3 Things You Need to Know About Locs and 3 Myths About Maintaining Locs with Dr. Kari

Did we answer all of your questions?  What loc care changes will you make moving forward?