10 Tips for healthy locs

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - By Bontle Modiselle

Words by BONTLE MODISELLE

01

Con­sider it care­fully Dreads are a life­style. A life­long com­mit­ment. If you’re not up for it, go for faux locs in­stead. That will give you a sim­i­lar style ex­pe­ri­ence with­out be­ing mar­ried to them.

02 Don’t twist too of­ten

Or too tight! Twist­ing locs ex­poses your scalp and makes it vul­ner­a­ble to break­age. Or worse, too much ten­sion can lead to com­plete hair loss or patches.

03 Go to a pro

Get a pro­fes­sional loc­ti­cian to start your jour­ney – they set the tone of your dread jour­ney, from sec­tion­ing, part­ing and siz­ing (thick or thin).

04 Use nat­u­ral oils

Go for dread specic prod­ucts. Make use of beeswax, mould­ing creams and mois­tur­is­ing sprays for hair health.

05 Drink wa­ter and eat well

There is a di­rect re­la­tion­ship be­tween your hair and your diet. Con­sider the phys­i­cal well­ness of your body, but also ‘ the rich­ness, full­ness and op­ti­mum health of your hair through your diet.

06 Let your hair breathe

Try not to wear your hair in one style for too long. Avoid over-styling, as well as un­der-styling, un­less the ‘ne­glected’ look is the aes­thetic you’re go­ing for. Hair should be fun, never bor­ing.

07 Mois­turise your hair

Take daily care of your hair. If ne­glected, the hair looks and feels dry, caus­ing easy break­age, dis­coloura­tion, thin­ning and hair loss. There are dread specic mois­tur­is­ing and con­di­tion­ing prod­ucts to nur­ture the hair, en­sur­ing it looks, feels and smells good.

08 Sep­a­rate hair daily

To avoid in­ter­lock­ing, use a comb or your ngers to sep­a­rate the hair gen­tly. Keep the sec­tion­ing vis­i­ble to keep it neat.

09 Sleep with a wrap

Go to bed with head­gear that is gen­tle on the hair and hair­line. Choose soft fab­rics like silk or satin.

10 Be pa­tient

Rate of growth varies from per­son to per­son. If grown nat­u­rally, it could take years to achieve your de­sired look.

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