1) How often should I wash my locs/hair?The answers I give you is by no means a rule so please feel free to do whatever you want based on your hair needs. This is just based on my experiences.
I would say wash your hair every month. You may be saying "that's gross" "nasty" etc etc. Don't worry I will tell you what to do in between washes to prevent itching, smelling and build up.
At this stage you have fully formed locks and I think you have the freedom of washing it when ever you please.
I think I fall into this category and most if not all the time I try to aim for the one month mark before I wash my hair. I have really soft hair and so it take a little longer for my new growth to lock. What I do sometime is just shampoo my hair and don't use a conditioner. I use the Dr Bonners Tea Tree/Burt's Bee/Shea Moisture/Avalon Shampoo. These are all natural shampoos and most leave my hair very soft.
The products you use in your hair can also slow down or speed up your locking process. One product you want to avoid putting on your locks is wax. This will leave your hair messy and with tons of build up. Try not to over condition your hair. The softer your hair the easier it is to unravel and the harder to lock. Too many products in your hair is a magnet for dirt. Less is best.
2) What should I use in between washes?I know this work for sure because I have used it and gotten results. Mix apple cider vinegar, few drops of rosemary and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. You can use this on your hair and scalp every week. Depending on your hair condition you may need to use it twice a week. The apple cider vinegar will strip your hair of all the dirt, build up and cleanse your hair. The tea tree and rosemary oils are antiseptics and they clean your scalp and prevent itching, dandruff and any other hair and or scalp condition as well as promote hair growth. The oils will overpower the vinegar stench so no need to worry about walking around smelling like apple cider vinegar.
After washing, twist new growth and palm roll the ends to keep the locs neat. Try not to over twist your hair because this also hampers the locking process and well as break your hair. In the baby stage you will need to train your locs so, you may need to twist a little more often than those in the medium and mature stage.
NB: This treatment maybe used in natural hair to improve sheen, prevent and eliminate dry scalp and dandruff while promoting growth. All you need to do is to spray the mixture on your hair and style as usual. No need to rinse this out.
Hope this helped. If you still have any questions, concerns and or queries, please leave them in the comment box below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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