Colored your locs recently? Or maybe you’re feeling like your current moisturizing routine just isn’t cutting it anymore? Trust me, I get it.
When I first colored my locs they turned drier than the Sahara desert. It was a nightmare and I just knew I had to make changes. And after much trial and error, I have found the most amazing products for moisturizing my color-treated locs.
So without further ado, I give you How to moisturize color-treated locs.
Do Hot Oil Treatments
Hot oil treatments are essential to moisturizing color-treated locs.
I usually use oils that I already have on hand. Such as castor oil and extra Virgin olive oil.
Castor oil is great for thickening up hair and filling in gaps in your hair cuticle. While olive oil is amazing at moisturizing the scalp and preventing dandruff. I also like to add tea tree and lavender essential oil which is great for scalp health.
I start with freshly washed locs. Then I apply the oil generously all over my locs. Squeezing the oil into my locs, making sure the oil is evenly distributed all over my locs. Then I put on a plastic cap,
or plastic bag, and I sit under the dryer.
I’m the worst at sitting under the dryer so I usually only last about 20-30 minutes. But sometimes when I have work to do at my computer I can sit under it for 2 hours.
Afterward I rinse out the oil with a moisturizing shampoo, that is heavily diluted. Making sure to get rid of any excess oil.
I do hot oil treatments once a month or every time I re-twist my locs. And it has helped to moisturize color-treated locs.
Use a spray leave- in conditioner
Yes, I use spray leave-in conditioner on my starter locs. And yes, my hair is still healthy and there is no build up.
The trick is to only use the spray leave-in once a week and to choose a leave-in that is light but has quality ingredients in order to moisturize color-treated locs.
I found that using oil and water just weren’t cutting it for my dry colored treated hair. And I needed something more and this was just the pick me up I needed.
Currently, I use Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair, strength, and moisture leave-in mask. This stuff is the truth and it’s black-owned. It is a little on the pricey side, but it works so well at moisturizing my parched locs. And a little goes a long way.
I shake it and then spray it about 10 inches from my head. Then I squeeze the product into my locs. My hair absorbs this stuff up and there is never any residue or left over product on my hair.
So don’t be afraid of moisturizing your hair with an actual moisturizer. Just be careful about what’s in the product and how much you use.
Seal in Moisture with an Oil
I like to use the Melanin haircare pure blend oil to seal in moisture. It smells clean and fresh and it helps to keep my hair moisturized like nobody’s business! It’s great to moisturize color-treated locs.
I am very sensitive to smells. And I found that most of the oils that people recommend to use on locs smells very….earthy to say the least. And that’s just not my vibe. I like to smell clean, not like turmeric. So I found this product to be perfect for me.
It’s also very light so there’s no need to worry about buildup.
I use the oil after I moisturize with my leave-in or even after spritzing with water.
I just pour some into my hair and squeeze the oil into my locs. And I do this 2-3 times a week. The timing depends on if I remember and how dry my locs are.
Oil your scalp
When I first loc’d my hair I was oiling my scalp almost every other day. That slowed down as I got more comfortable with my locs. So now I only oil my scalp once a week. Sometimes twice when I’m in the mood to really treat myself.
I like to use the Briogeo Scalp Revival charcoal and tea tree scalp treatment to oil my scalp.
I really like this lady’s skincare line. It’s pricey for sure, but the results are worth it.
This oil is perfect for keeping the scalp balanced and healthy. I use the dropper to evenly distribute it onto my scalp and then I massage it in.
It gives a tingly or cold sensation when applied, which is just the tea tree going to work. I highly recommend this stuff.
The scent is very light so it doesn’t mess with me at all. In fact this product combined with the other products smells so good to me.
Spritz your hair with water every couple of days
When I first started my locs, I would drench my hair with water. I was literally doing a water-rinse every couple of days, but I found my hair to unravel so quickly from doing that.
My fresh retwist would turn into a poof ball within a day or two. And while this was moisturizing and helping my locs to mature faster. It wasn’t conducive to my everyday aesthetic. I have a post about how water affects starter locs in my post, 5 Tips For Start Locs.
So I decided to cut back on the water, and now I just lightly spritz my locs in the morning to help it loosen up after being slept on all night. I don’t go overboard with the water.
So that’s everything that I’ve been doing to keep my locs moisturized and healthy after coloring them and basically how I moisturize colored treated locs. I hope this post was helpful to you and gave you new ideas that you can incorporate into your own loc journey.
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