Who says you don’t need to wash locs? The devil is a lie.
There is a nasty rumor out there that you do not wash locs. That is just untrue. Regardless of the hair style locs, twists, braids, etc. your hair and scalp will get dirty. How often you wash your hair and what method you use is a personal choice but there does need to be some cleansing. Because of their nature locs are more susceptible to build-up then loose natural hair and you must take care to keep them clean. Avoiding heavy butters and waxes is an important step to preventing build-up. The use of clarifying shampoo or even Dr Bronners liquid castile soap can help remove any build-up that may have developed. You can also incorporate vinegar rinses for additional cleansing.
3 Tbsp vinegar
2 cups water
Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then spritz on hair. Massage into locs, then rinse. Which vinegar to use? White vinegar is about 7% vinegar and is the strongest you will find. Apple cider vinegar is 5% acidic while rice vinegar is 4% acidic. I personally prefer rice vinegar. You can find each of these products in the salad dressing aisle of your grocery.
Simple Baking Soda Treatment
4 oz (1/2 cup) cheapy condish
2 Tbsp baking soda
2-3 tsp oil
Stir ingredients together to make a paste. Apply paste to the length of locs and cover with plastic cap or towel. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Dunk locs into sink, bowl or bucket of warm water. Rub and agitate locs together to remove dirt and paste. Ring out locs then use shower to run water over locs until rinse clean.
Baking Soda – Vinegar Deep Cleansing Treatment
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 tsp of lemon juice
1tsp of sea salt
3/4 cup of acv
Add ingredients to a bowl, bucket or sink full of warm water, stir well until well mixed. Dunk locs, rub and agitate to remove oil, dirt and gunk. Make sure all locs are thoroughly soaked. Ring out locs then rinse thoroughly with water until clean.