Taking care of loc’d hair is a whole other ballgame when compared to other natural hairstyles. For one, there are five different stages to the loc journey—the starter phase, budding phase, teen phase, a maturity phase, and rooted phase—and each of these stages requires its own hair care and maintenance routine. Here, we will be looking at how to take care of your locs during the maturity phase.
What Are Mature Locs?
The maturity phase of your loc journey begins approximately 15–18 months after you start loc’ing and lasts around 1–2 years. This phase is very exciting as your locs finally start to mature, becoming denser in size and longer in length. Your locs are now firmer, with reduced frizz and minimal need for re-twisting.
Though mature locs require less maintenance than the previous stages, you still need to follow a hair care routine to promote scalp health and hair growth, minimize itchiness, and prevent buildup and unraveling. Keep reading to learn more about hair care tips for mature locs.
Mature Locs Hair Care Tips
One of the major hurdles you will face with locs is dealing with a dry and itchy scalp. However, there is a very easy solution to this—moisturizing your scalp and locs every day. Locsanity Passion Fruit Softening and Moisturizing Daily Spray can effectively moisturize your locs, strengthen your hair, nourish your scalp, and help prevent dandruff.
Rosewater is another essential addition to your hair care routine that people in the loc community swear by. It not only moisturizes your locs, but is also aromatic, calming, and extremely effective against dandruff. This is why our Rosewater and Peppermint Daily Moisturizing/Refreshing Spray is a must-have product when caring for mature locs.
Detox Your Locs
Build-up is a major problem with loc’d hair. One way to tackle this issue is to detoxify or deep cleanse your locs every 3 to 6 months, depending on how dry they are. If you deep cleanse your hair too often, your locs can start to unravel.
Locsanity Deep Clean Detox and Rejuvenating Powder is an effective product to remove any buildup, like dirt and dust, that is caught up in your locs. All you need to do is dissolve 1 or 2 tablespoons of the powder in water (depending on the thickness and length of your hair), soak your locs in the solution for 15–30 minutes, and then wash them.
Establish a Regular Shampooing and Conditioning Routine
Since mature locs are firmer and you no longer have to worry as much about fluffing and re-loc’ing, you can engage in a regular shampooing and conditioning routine. Make sure not to go longer than a week without washing your locs, as this can cause excess oil and dirt to accumulate.
Avoid products with silicone. They can cause more buildup and make your locs feel heavier. Instead, opt for products with plant-based, natural ingredients, such as Locsanity’s Rosewater and Peppermint Moisturizing, Conditioning and Nourishing Shampoo, and enjoy weightless, residue-free mature locs.
Use Rolling Oil
Though your locs are firmer and don’t need to be re-twisted as often, you must still use rolling oil and periodically re-twist them to avoid weak locs and excessive frizz. With its unique blend of jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and natural plant extract, Locsanity FREED Dreadlock Rolling and Conditioning Oil is the best product for reinvigorating and repairing your locs.