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      Washing The Loc’d Crown

      Let’s chat about loc’d crown hygiene! Especially about your crown care routine when you have locs. When it comes to having a loc’d crown, one of the questions people ask most often is how to properly wash locs.

      Yep you read that correctly, believe it or not, a lot of people who are thinking about getting locs and even some who already have a loc’d crown don’t know how often you should wash them. There’s questions of what type of shampoo you should use, if it’s alright to wash new locs, or how to deal with residue or buildup in loc’d crowns. So this is exactly what we’re going to answer in this article. All the questions on how to wash and maintain loc’d crowns you’ve ever had!

      There’s a weird conversation going on about locs not having to be washed as often as unlocked hair. That’s wrong. It’s crucial that you keep your loc’d crown and your scalp as clean as you can so that your locs can grow healthy and beautiful.

      Let’s answer some FAQs we know you have on how to wash loc’d crowns!

      Beautiful black woman loving her locs

      How to wash Locs

      1. Wet your locs and scalp very well.
      2. Pour a bit of shampoo into your hand and work it into your hair. If you need to, you can add more as you go. Seeing as some types of shampoos are made of natural ingredients, they won’t produce much lather. But don’t worry! They still work!
      3. When you’ve produced enough lather, start massaging your scalp all over using your fingertips. Be gentle but thorough.
      4. Use plenty of water to rinse. Let the shampoo run through the locs so that it can clean them without you having to touch them that much. This works especially well if you have new locs which are soft and tender still. It won’t damage all the hard work that you or your loctician has put into your loc’d crown.
      5. If you have mature locs, you can really get in there and scrub.This will help clean them thoroughly.
      6. Lastly shampoo one more time. You can allow the shampoo to rest on your scalp for a few minutes this time so that the ingredients can work their magic on you. Rinse well. You will feel how clean your scalp is when you’re done. If need be, you can shampoo once more.

      How often should you wash your dreadlocks?

      Respectfully this depends on where you are on your loc journey. For example if you have mature locs, make sure to wash them at least once every week. During the rest of the days when you take a shower, you can use a shower cap that’s extra-large to protect them from the humidity.

      If your locs are brand new, wait a few weeks before washing them for the first time. However, if during that time your scalp is too itchy or oily and you don’t feel comfortable anymore, you can go for a gentle wash on your baby locs (sn: wearing a wave stocking cap can help keep brand new locs from unraveling when washing them.)

      Please be aware that washing new dreads will make them look a little more loose and messy. But don’t worry! This is just part of the process.

      Black man holding his locs

      How to choose a shampoo for locs?

      This is what you need to remember about loc’d crowns shampoos – residue free. In other words, they should not have any butters, vegetable oils or softening agents. They could lead to build ups. Therefore, the shampoo should be clear or transparent.

      A creamy shampoo is the type that will cause buildup because of their oils, butters, and conditioning agents. They stick to your locs and turn into gunk.

      Should you use conditioner on your dreadlocks?

      We don’t recommend applying conditioner on your dreads. The softening agents in conditioners will glue themselves to your locs and lead to buildup. A hot oil treatment is much better for softening your dreadlocks. Our Strong Crown 808 Advanced Scalp and Hair Feed is a great hot oil treatment option for you. 

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