How Often Should I Wash My Locs?

There is no one set rule for how often you should wash your locs. In the end, it depends on your hair needs and what works for your schedule. Locs are intertwined and matted hair clumped together. During the process, different particles, sweat, dirt, excess oil, excess sebum, and hair products can become imbedded in the loc.   And as such, your locs need to be cleansed.   

Below Are 4 Signs Your Hair Needs Washing

1. Your Hair Feels Oily – Your hair may be producing more sebum than is needed to nourish your new growth. Therefore, your roots may become oily.  Your scalp may also feel oily because you are using too much oil or using oil too often when you seal in your moisture.  Too much oil will clog up your pores and will sit on the shaft of your loc instead of penetrating the loc.  To prevent build up or damage, it is best to wash your hair.   

2. Your Hair Looks Dry –  One reason your hair may be dry is due to clogged pores and clogged hair follicles.  If you are heavy handed with products or using something other than Peculiar Roots, it may clog pores because the ingredients are not formulated specifically for loc care.   One way to combat the dry hair is wash your hair and start fresh with our products.  By using Peculiar Roots and following our hair care routine recommendation, you are able to ensure when moisture is applied, it is properly sealed in.  

3. Your Hair Has Dandruff – Dandruff is a scalp condition which causes your scalp to flake and flare up. The scalp is usually reacting to something in your environment such as diet, medication, health issues, or sometimes products.  Whenever your hair flakes up, it’s time to wash your locs to remove the dandruff. 
Side Note: If you are suffering from dandruff, be sure to see a dermatologist to make sure there is not another underlying issue such as seborrheic dermatitis.  This condition is not curable but it is treatable and manageable.   

4. Your Hair Has An Odor –  If your hair has an odor, it is definitely time to wash your locs.  The odor may be a result of not properly drying your locs, excess moisture inside your loc, or excessive product build up combined with sweating.  It is important to develop a routine to properly wash your hair, but also ensuring your hair is thoroughly dry.  One way to avoid not drying is to wash earlier in the day if you air dry.  Go outside in the sun if you can to speed up the drying process.  Also, do not apply too much product too close to your bedtime.   If you have a night time routine, apply products lightly and also earlier enough that allows it to fully dry before putting on your bonnet/durag.  

Based on the signs mentioned above, your hair will let you know when it needs to be washed. And of course, it is always best to follow the advice of your loctician unless you are self maintaining.

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  • Posted by Vera on

    My loc’s have are loc’d all around but at the temporal areas. I am thinning as well only interlock every now & again. My problem is just how often should l wash my 2 1/2 year loc’d hair?Yes, I workout yes I am a sweater in my head, yes I sleep on satin yes yes and yes. I have listened to so called experts and so forth. Please Help!!!!

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