Photographer: Kevin Mapp
your hair twice a month using two different cleansing methods,
the dry cleaning method and the water and soap method.
The no water dry cleaning
method (scalp cleansing) -
water-free dry cleaning method (scalp cleansing) - Use an astringent
(for example Sea Breeze) to remove build-up from my scalp. Dampen the
cotton ball with the astringent and wipe the scalp. Repeat this method
until the cotton ball appears unsoiled with oil and dirt. Next, apply
shea butter or lanolin to both the scalp and locks. Shea butter and
lanolin perform dual rolls, as moisturizers and conditioners
The water and soap method.
The water and
soap method. Give your locks two washes. I don't have a name brand
preference for shampoos. I just like it to be natural. Section locks
off and squeeze (like you are wringing out a towel). Get as much water
out as you can. Twist the new growth. After twisting each section,
clamp, or secure hair with a scrunchy, (not a rubber band) and let air
is a very important step. It helps to give the hair shine, body and
overall it keeps your locks looking healthy. A hot oil treatment once
a month or once every two months with olive oil, shea butter and
castor oil is all that's necessary. The goal is to keep the scalp and
hair as healthy as possible. You have to remember that locks are
matted, dead hair and if you are not really careful it can turn into a
your locks with a silk scarf or cap, especially if you sleep on a
cotton sheet. Cotton sheets can rip the hair and absorb moisture,
causing damage and premature breakage. It becomes more important to
wrap the hair the longer it gets to keep it looking nice and healthy.
personally like to twist it at the roots when it is wet. That way I
can get the fresh growth and twist it around. By doing this the locks
grow and stay even. They don't get matted together, so you won't have
four and five real big locks. Do not get in a nervous habit of over
twisting your locks. Over twisting locks will cause thinning. The
longer your locks get the more gravity effects it. As your hair gets
longer you want to combine individual locks in-groups of two or three.
Provide strong healthy root support. If you show your locks love, they
will love you back.