Now, when you ask some people about locs and how to care for and grow them everyone has their own view. Some would say that you need gel to maintain them, some would say that you don’t.
Some people would say that that the only way to experience the beauty of locs is via freeforming, and others would say that this is complete craziness. While some of us have our two cents about locs, there are some things out here that have been set in stone rules for many. But some of these need to be thrown out the window. Below we are going to share with you guys 6 loc myths and debunk them all at the same time.
1. Myth #1: If you wash your hair more than once a month, your baby locs will take forever to loc
Lawd this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just think about it, for those of us who have a style such as two strand twists in out hair , doesn’t most of us reduce washing during this time?
To reduce the chances of our hair “tangling and locking up”? If washing our hair often causes these two things to happen, wouldn’t it make sense to encourage these occurrences since our goal is to loc our hair?
I understand that for those of us with looser textures that this might be detrimental due to loosening of the coils, twists, etc., but even washing twice a month can encourage tangling which can possibly speed up the locking process. If you tend to have a tighter curl pattern that does not unravel easily, you can have the freedom to wash your locs as many times as needed. There’s no need to go around with an itchy scalp.
2. Myth #2: You need the loc styling products to aid in the locking process
This is also a major myth that has proven to not be true. Products such as waxes and gels do not cause your hair to loc. Locking is a natural process that our hair can do on its own.
Constantly using gel, butters*, and creams can even lead to some serious buildup which can add unnecessary weight, and even mildew and breakage. This is especially the case if you do not frequently clarify your hair.