Monday, August 3, 2009

My Locs Do Not Like Condish!

My locs do not like conditioner, Everytime I use it, a few of my locs soften and unravel at the tips. I have three locs that are in the baby and teenage stage after 20 months! I use Black Earth conditioner. I dilute it in 8oz of water and I leave it on my locs for one minute. I use to condition every two weeks. I figured this is too much and I started using conditioner after a color, once a every six to eight weeks.

I discovered some comments on the internet and on youtube about Oyin Handmade products. Based on the good reviews, I decided to order some products: Frank Juice, Grand poo shampoo bar, and Shine and Define. I was not impressed. My locs did not soften with the Frank juice. I did not experience the softness everyone raved about! The smell was to be desired! Frank juice left my locs feeling tacky and sticky.

The grand poo shampoo bar did not do anything for my locs. It produced very little suds even after the second wash. My locs did not seem to absorb the water. I did not get the feeling of cleanliness with this product. I did not get that softening effect with the grandpoo that I received with Black Earth shampoo and Knotty Boy dread shampoo bar.After nil results with the Oyin shampoo bar, I grabbed the Rosemary mint shampoo bar by Chagrin valley This shampoo is all natural. it produced creamy suds, leaving my hair feeling clean and moisturized without stripping the color from my locs. I bought the sample size. I will be adding this product to my hair regime!

After I shampooed, I used some Zum oil on my locs. I found this great oil mix in the health food store. The fragrance of Frankincense and Myrrh was a big factor for my purchase. The scent was so sensual! I scanned the ingredients and I was so happy to discover that it had all the ingredients that I mixed with my raw shea butter to make my body butter. Zum oil leaves my hair soft and moisturized. I mix this with vegetable glycerin, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil.

Zum oil ingredients: Sweet almond oil, shea butter oil, meadowfoam oil, organic sunflower oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, hemp oil, essential oils, fragrance oil, vitamin E, and rosemary extract.

Oyin Shine and Define gentle styling serum is a winner! I applied this to my damp locs before I rolled my locs with soft spikes curlers. When my hair dried, I had some moisture rich and soft curls!

I decided to use conditioner sparingly and use natural vegetable and fruit oil.

Natural Moisturizers and Conditioners: SWEET ALMOND: Has excellent moisture retaining properties similar to sebum.It is an emollient. It is best known for softening and conditioning. It has vitamin E, essential fatty acids, zinc, copper and protein. APRICOT OIL is similar to sweet almond oil. it is more suitable for sensitive and premature aged skin.

AVOCADO OIL: Stimulates hair growth, softens and moisturizes It contains Vitamins A, D, E and potassium, sulfur, chlorine, fatty acids and amino is recommended to people with sensitive skin, problem skin, such as eczema and psoriasis.

COCONUT OIL: Moisturizes and conditions.

JOJOBA OIL: Is similar to sebum and is a liquid wax not an oil. It contains amino acids, silica, B complex, Vitamin E, chromium, iodine, copper and zinc.

HEMP SEED OIL: Has anti-inflammatory, healing, regenerative and anti-aging properties.It is an emoillent and a moisturizer.

SHEA OIL: Is a light oil. It protects, moisturizes and soften hair and skin. Raw SHEA BUTTER is known for its healing properties. It stimulates cellular activity, fights aging nd repairs rough dry skin.

MEADOW FOAM OIL: Moisturizes, and rejuvinates skin and hair.

REMEMBER! When locs are healthy and clean, they will exhibit a beautiful luster and sheen! Locs will not shine when we were permed or wore our hair loose! Your locs will absorb oils that they need.Applying large amounts of oils will only attract dirt and lint! When caring for your locs, less is always best!

As a former product junkie, it was hard not to try out different products. What keep me from products is I fear buildup in my locs! Twenty months locked and I have never had a lint issue!


"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" Psalm 46:1


PhePhi said...

great post. i'm w/u, i use very few products on my hair. less is best, for me. i use jojoba oil & sweet almond oil on my locs too. not too often. thanks for posting the benefits of the oils. i found that very useful!!

Kicukalah said...

Where do you find these oils and how much do you add to other products

Where do you find:
peppermint oil
tee tree oil
sweet almond oil

at decent prices?

NubianLockedPrincess said...

@ PhePhi: I use oil about every two weeks after I wash. I use a oil and water spritz when my locs get dry.

@ Kicukalah: You can find these essential oils at a health food store. When you use an EO, you have to use a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, ete. You only need 5-10 drops of EO because they are potent.

rmcandlelight said...

Thanks for sharing. My locs are now 21 months old and the ends are still not sealed and is still curly. I really can't put any type oils in my locks because of the text. I may try the shampoo that you stated that did not strip your color:).

NubianLockedPrincess said...

Rmcandlelight I have a loose curl texture and I have a few of open tips.I also have the curled ends.To remedy that problem, I cut the curled ends off and the ends began to seal. Because I color my hair, I have to keep it moisturize and conditioned so they do not become dry and brittle.

I just use a quarter size of oil while my locs are damp. I decided to not fuss over my locs and let them do what they do.

Kittylocks said...

Thanks for this post. Like you I try not to use many products on my locs. Only those made by myself, especially Rosemary, Peppermint and Cedar EO. Have you tried Amla oil? it is also very good but it makes your hair darker so I use it very sparingly.
Your locs are looking good.

NubianLockedPrincess said...

@ KittyLocs: I never heard of that oil, but I will look it up! I love making my own products and you save money doing it too!

Kumina said...

I was wondering about the Frank Juice for a long time and believe it or not I was going to order some, I'll take your recommendations because if your locs didn't like it, mine probably won't either. And I hate for my hair to be sticky! I am going to the natural store here and try to find that zum oil because I love the fragrance of Frankincense and Myrrh, I get the inscense in those fragrances, and burn it all the time because it makes me feel closer to Christ. If the kings thought it was good enough for the baby Jesus, that's good enough for me!
"In nomine Patris et Fillii et Spiritus Sancti"

MakeUpisLove said...

Thankyou for commenting on my blog. I've heard it's a true experience to loc. Hopefully i can stick with it. Im going to try my best.Thankyou again!

Rashida Chinue Blake said...

Your locks continue to look stunning. Keep it up!

NubianLockedPrincess said...

@ Makeupislove: It is pleasure! We are all here for support, net working, and sharing!

@Chinque: Thank you very much!My locs are becominng much easier to care for.