Myths & Facts On How To Grow Healthy Locs
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to having locs, especially growing healthy locs. All of it comes from a lack of knowledge on how to care for, nourish, and maintain locs. Due to lack of knowledge, some folk create scenarios and ideas of how locs transform into that state. Because we believe in educating our tribe, we are here to break the streotypes and educate the loc community.
Here are 4 Myths and Misconceptions on How to Grow Healthy Locs
1. Your Hair Will Grow Fast
Your hair will grow at the same rate it did whether you were natural or relaxed. Locs do not make your hair grow any faster than it usually does. Our hair grows an average of ½ inch a month. It may grow faster due to your genetics or slower because of health conditions. Overall, everyone’s hair grows at the same rate. Locs allow you to “retain” more of your growth because you may not be manipulating it as much or added harsh chemicals. With other hairstyles your hair may be consistently breaking from styling, manipulating, tools, heat, and much more.
2. You Don’t Have to Maintain Your Locs
A lot of people think individuals with locs don’t care for their hair, which is far from the truth. You still must care for your locs as you would if it was in another state. Loc’d individuals maintain their hair often by using refresher sprays, conditioning oils, and pomade. If locs aren't maintained, they will not be healthy. That may be reason you see brittle, dry, and broken locs on some individuals.
3. You Don’t Have to Wash Your Locs
This is one of the most prevalent myths regarding locs. In order to maintain the overall health of your locs, you MUST wash. The frequency of washing varies per individual and depending on which phase the locs are in. After applying different products, our sweaty hands, lint and fibers from our sheets and clothing, our hair goes through a lot. In addition, sebum is being produced by our scalp to coat our new growth. So, we must cleanse our scalp often. Washing our locs removes all the dirt, debris, gunk, product buildup, excess oil, and sebum on our scalp. Finally, washing leaves the scalp free to breathe and produce additional sebum. If your scalp is not in a healthy state, then your locs will not be.
4. You Have to Go to A Loctician
The myth that you must go to a loctician religiously for your locs to stay healthily looking is also untrue. With the proper education and research, you can maintain your locs at home. Not only does Peculiar Roots provide you with the best products for your locs, we also educate our tribe on how to properly care for an maintain your locs. Check out our IG page, youtube channel, and of course our blog, for helpful tips and tutorials on how to self maintain your locs.