August 23, 2015 3 Comments
I'm sure we all love to give our locs special treatment! It's fun to spend time baby-ing our locs with different oils, and all the right conditioners. But going blonde requires even more TLC! This is because you have already stripped the hair of its top layers and caused it to become weaker and more porous. Because of this, manufacturers have created many different products for those who choose to wear color. In this article, I will share what I am currently using and loving, and what I used before I went blonde.
Prior to coloring my hair blonde, I used many different shampoos and conditioners, and didn't really have many that I disliked at all. I used Shea Moisture, TheraNeem Shampoo, Crème of Nature, Alba Botanicals, Fair Trade Organic Black Soap (both liquid and bar soap), a sampling of different organic shampoos/conditioners, and different oils to apply, such as Olive Oil, Castor Oil, and Coconut Oil. I loved to mix a few different kinds together at once. Many times due to the consistency of the traditional shampoos, I tended to water down my shampoos to decrease the level of build up on my locs. I do have to say my staple is black soap in bar format.
Lightening my locs required me to add to this repertoire, so I picked up Redken All Soft Shampoo, and their corresponding Blonde Idol mask conditioners, as well as Matrix Biolage Shampoo. I'm also using what I was asked to buy to prep my locs for the initial color treatment as well, which was Joico Moisture Recovery, and Redken Anti-Snap Leave-in Conditioner. So far I am very pleased with the products and how it is maintaining my hair. To keep my locs moisturized and fresh, I'll use my Natural Hair Mist every morning and evening. My current favorites are Pursuit, Delight and Euphoria. I also keep a bottle in my gym bag and purse to stay fresh and moisturized in this Texas heat.
Photos above were taken directly after the initial color, prior to product application and twisting. Photos below were from a braid out, two weeks later. Bottom two photos were after products were applied, palm-rolling roots, etc.
Till the next post,
January 23, 2016
Thanks Natasha! Best wishes on your new loc journey, I’m glad you are enjoying the process. You won’t regret it!
January 22, 2016
Thank you for the inspirational write up about your color journey.I have sisterlocs and I am waiting on the green light from my stylist to color my hair. It’s been 16months I have been loced and I am looking forward to my own color journey. Looking forward to following your blog xx
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July 27, 2016
I just came across this blog by way of looking at loc pictures on google. I am in the process of starting my journey. I’m installing coils on my short natural hair. I’m liking what I see here so far. I’m looking forward to reading more from you. :-)