After 13 years of providing professional microloc services, as well as wearing them myself, there are are a few things I've noticed that are interfere with the results you might be seeking in your microloc journey. Make sure you read to the end to get all of these tips…
- Unprofessional color. It often changes the texture and causes dryness and brittleness in your hair. The treatment for these problems, i.e. hair masks etc., can be counterproductive to the locking process. Sometimes the lightened portion of the loc can even be fluffy spongy or need more attention. Dyed or lightened hair will also perform and loc differently than virgin hair.
- Utilizing random premature information to take care of your locs. So many people use tactics for their unique hair that may not work for everyone. Usually a professional can better determine patterns and trends across hair types to help you cultivate healthy locs.
- Conditioning is another thing to stop doing immediately. Conditioning can cause inconsistencies, loosening up, and problems with your locs that need to be repaired. Conditioner is made to help add slip and to detangle the hair. Think of conditioning in a new way "how can I nourish the hair?".
- Next is product overuse or misuse. Most products, unless designed for interwoven locs, will work against the locking process. Depending on the product it may detangle, leave build up, or even change the texture of your hair. Detox from products! The less we use the better it looks.
- Using tools that don't work for you. Some tools can be uncomfortable to use with the hair, snag, pull, and cause pain. Some tools are too big, and if you notice that they are not working well, you may need to change it.
Those are the 5 things you need to stop doing immediately with your Microlocs! I hope this helped someone who is starting, or maintaining a healthy head of locs.
If you need more information on starting, grooming, and maintaining healthy locs, check out our online programs. They’re great for professionals who want a tangible strategy for creating beautiful locs, and for DIY-ers who don't know where to start.
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