I am an avid viewer of YouTube videos. I like learning about other folk methods of hair care and their individual loc Journeys . Every now and then, I come across a video where someone is explaining how much their scalp itches after being told not to wet their hair or risk disturbing the perfectly formed loc coils.
Not cleansing the scalp and hair for abnormal periods of time is nasty and not healthy. My first set of locs were cultivated. I waxed my hair with the hopes of perfect locs – I didn’t know any better. Youtube wasn’t popping like that during my first set. Eventually, I stopped using greasy products and shampooed more often – I kept twisting with each wash. Extreme manipulation is another bad practice.
Since I started free forming, I shampoo when ever the mood hits me. My scalp tells me when it’s time – no rules. Some claim to cleanse their hair and scalp with water only. Personally, I don’t see how that works when the goal is to remove dirt and oils (natural and artificial).
If you aren’t into using shampoos, opt for products that aren’t as harsh on your hair and the environment. Lately, I’ve been using the 365 Brand from Whole Foods. It doesn’t lather as much or as quickly – more product is required during the cleansing process. I’m also fond of my shampoo bar by J.R. LIGGETT’S.
At the end of the day, do what works best for your hair. No matter your choice it most important that you keep your hair and scalp clean.