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Locked Hair Guide

Clean Hair is Healthy Hair!

Maintaining locks is different at each stage, but equally important for a healthy head of hair. When you begin the process, like me, you may go through several products and methods in maintaining your locks until you find what works for you.

Cleansing the scalp in the baby stage is  most important. You don’t have to wait months to shampoo the hair!  Softer textures may unravel more often than tightly coiled hair, but using witch hazel or an astringent cleanser on a cotton pad will cleanse the scalp without disturbing the actual locks as they grow and matte.  In this stage, also, if you use braids, twists or an interlocking method, you will want to braid sections of the hair together and put a rubber band on the end to discourage the unraveling and bunching of your locks. This is called braiding and banding.

In the teenage stage, you can shampoo the hair, but it is important here to remember that the locks have to be pulled apart or separated so they don’t grow together. You can use a gentle cleanser and it is good to get in the habit of using a leave in conditioner. Using a cream conditioner may not be practical at this stage because it may cause the locks to come apart or loosen, and the locking process and progress will be delayed. In this stage, it may still be necessary to “braid and band” the hair to prevent the locks from unraveling, but this too shall pass.

Mature locks can be shampooed as often as you like and you may also use hot oil treatments and cream conditioners, in moderation. I have found that the greatest need my hair has is for water. I use a mix of water and a leave in conditioner and have gotten away from creams and moisturizers altogether.

Keeping the hair and scalp clean are key to having healthy and strong locks.  The thicker and longer your locks become, it may be necessary to cleanse them in sections. If you do not have a shampoo bowl or a sink sprayer, the shower is a great way to do so. You can create large sections of the hair and shampoo from the scalp down to the ends of the hair, allowing the water to run until it is clean of shampoo. Avoid rubbing the locks together or in a circular motion. The agitation may cause the locks to become thin, and vulnerable.


  1. LaShaun P.

    This blog is very helpful. Do you braidlock hair? I love what you did to your daughters hair!

  2. LaShaun P.

    Do you braidlock hair? This has been very helpful

  3. Sh"Ray B


    • admin

      Hello and thank you for visiting!

      I started mine with coils, not done by a comb, but the result was the same. I started my locks with a non alcohol based gel. Once I started my locks, I waited 2 weeks for the first shampoo, but then after that it was once a week. After I towel dried my hair, I used a cream pomade to retwist the new growth. A good product is the Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel. It runs about $5 and should last you a couple months, depending on how often you shampoo your hair, swim or perspire. There may be some unraveling but that is normal, and still over time, the hair will lock.

      Congratulations on your journey!

  4. Shamekia

    Great article! This has helped me out tremendously. I was considering giving up on locking because I was afraid that I was doing it wrong and going in the wrong direction. It is good to have sites like this for sharing and encouraging one another. I have started my locs through the single twist method and using non-alcoholic gel. It has been a month and really, I do love them! In any case, do you offer anymore suggestions? How often should I wash my hair in this beginning stage? When my hair unravels, should I retwist with gel or leave it? Again, thanks for your post! Have a great day!

  5. T. Marshall

    I really enjoyed this article. It has answered a lot of my questions about Dreadlocks, as far the type of locks thats suitable for your hair. I didn’t have knowledge of the various types of dreads. I had in my mind that I was go try the Sisterlocks but after reading this article I believe that I would like to go with the braidlocz instead.I am really considering taking the next step I have been wearing braids for the last couple of months and I kinda like the natural look. Its really great that they have websites like this, willing to take the time and get in detail with the nature of the topic….Thanx a bunch

    • admin

      Hello! I am glad that you were able to find this guide and use it as a resource. When I went Natural, I didn’t know much about the internet and when I finally found something, there was only one site. Now I have found so many resources-each offering a different perspective and experience 🙂 Braid locks are a wonderful way to start your locks. That is what I did for my daughter, and her hair is growing beautifully. Feel free to email me any questions you may also have, I’d be happy to help. Happy Holidays to you and yours and Congratulations on your decision to lock your hair! It’s a journey that is SO worth it!

  6. Faahla

    It’s also wise to change your products with the change in climate.
    Summer:Peppermint shampoo/soap
    Queen Helen mint shampoo
    Alomond shampoo/soap
    Jamican lime & mango all products ie. shampoo,conditioner,catus root
    Winter:Creame of nature most all products

    Doo Grow most all products as well
    Black Earth most all products
    Organic root stimulater styling pudding good for braid outs and roller sets.
    I have used all of these products and like them and they work for me just have to find which one works for you:)

    • admin

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your product choices, I will also make this a post. Doo Grow products worked well for my daughter and I use Jamaican Mango and Lime products also. I used the Organic Root stimulator when I was a loose natural as well. These days, the simpler, the better for me. My leave in conditioner and coconut oil have been working well with my locs.

      Happy New Year!

  7. Faahla

    Here is some info on a new product I found:
    Creme of Nature with Argan Oil.

    Indigenous to Morocco, Argan Oil is a precious and rare oil that has supplied radiance and nourishment to hair for centuries. “Liquid gold” as it is lovingly referred, Argan Oil is organically grown and rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that are good for hair and skin. It is also light-weight and said to have restorative and age-defying effects, making it one of the hottest ingredients introduced into the beauty industry as of late.

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