Everything you need to know about detoxing your locs

If you wear your hair as locs, you more than likely would have come across the term, ‘detoxing.’ Detoxing is often thought of as a dietary herbal remedy to get rid of toxins from the body. Aside from the internal aspect, not much attention is given to hair exposed to pollution and dirt daily.

Dreadlocks are especially prone to trapping these toxins, by the nature of how locs are formed. Locs are formed by the hair matting together when left uncombed for some time. This differs based on hair type and method of loc formation. Because the hair is intertwined, dirt and buildup from products easily get trapped in the hair shaft. If this is not broken down and removed from the hair, locs can feel sticky or hard. In some cases, an unpleasant smell can permeate.

For this reason, routine cleansing of locs is an integral part of healthy hair growth and maintenance. 

Why use Afro Love Detox shampoo on locs

Afro Love Natural Hair Care line has the solution for detoxing your dreadlocks with ease. Fortified with activated charcoal it draws out and removes the buildup of accumulated dirt, excess oils, and styling products. This detox shampoo is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, mineral oils, formaldehyde, additional colourants, and silicones. 

Parabens and silicones are temporary fixes to dull hair and act as a filler on the strands of broken hair shafts.  Formaldehyde is another surprising product found in many hair products. This preservative is a strong irritant that has been known to cause hair loss, with prolonged use. 

Mineral oils easily accumulate on the scalp and cause buildup, along with excessive oiliness. It is difficult to remove from locs and weighs the hair down. 

This detox shampoo is gentle on the hair, yet provides maximum cleansing without damage. 

Traditionally, loc detoxing consists of soaking the hair in a concoction of apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and hot water. While this method is considered natural, the ingredients are harsh on the hair and can cause long-term damage. Damage can include dryness and brittle to the locs. 

As a matter of fact, Afro Love Detox shampoo contains sea silt which has natural detoxing properties. It also reduces stripping of natural oils, balances the Ph of the scalp, and improves blood circulation to the area. Activated charcoal has similar clarifying properties as sea silt, which work together for amazing detoxifying results. 

How to detox dreadlocks

Using the Afro love detox shampoo, dampen your hair under running water. Once satisfied, use a palm-sized amount of product, to lather throughout the hair. Massage into the scalp and loc strands then let it sit for five minutes.  If necessary, follow with a second wash, then rinse. 

How often to detox

Because locs are not frequently washed as loose natural hair, detoxing with this shampoo twice per month can improve the movement, look and feel of your locs. 

Over detoxing can lead to the extreme dryness of locs and overproduction of sebum in the scalp which in some cases causes dandruff. 

The Detox Mask

After using a clarifying shampoo, it is always recommended to follow up with a conditioner. 

Hair conditioner after shampooing, seals and protects the hair shaft from damage. In doing so, it also locks in nutrients the hair needs. As a result, the hair remains healthy and retains its natural shine. 

Afro Love’s Detox Mask, moisturizes and conditions, restoring the hair’s natural shine. 

There has been much debate on whether locs should be conditioned. Many formulas are designed to detangle the hair, and as a result, these formulas tend to be thick and silicone-based. This Detox Mask works well with dreadlocks as it is not too thick to get trapped in the loc and overcoat the hair shaft. 

The key ingredients in this detox mask are aloe vera and green tea extract.  

afro love detox shampoo and hair mask
Afro Love Detox Shampoo and hair mask

Aloe vera has been proven to gently treat dandruff, because of the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, it helps improve the health of the scalp. 

Vitamins A, C, and E are found in aloe, which contributes to healthy cell growth, shiny locs, and decreases the chance of sebum overproduction.  

Green tea also boasts of similar properties and works well with aloe vera to increase hair hydration. In addition, studies have shown that green tea may prevent hair loss by blocking the hormones that cause it, and in turn stimulating hair follicles for growth. 

How to use the detox mask

After using the Afro Love Detox Shampoo, section the locs in two or four parts, depending on your loc thickness or length. Taking a palm-sized amount of conditioning mask, massage into the scalp, one section at a time. Extend the remaining product on the rest of the locs. Let sit for five to ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly in cold water.

Loc care after detoxing

After the locs have been detoxified, use Afro Love’s Oil blend on the scalp and locs for further nourishment, protection from breakage, and shine. 

This oil blend contains castor oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, argan oil, sunflower, and sacha inchi oil. It is also free of parabens, mineral oils, and silicones. 

Another option is to incorporate the Afro Love Tight Curl Jelly into a regular styling routine. This jelly is made with flaxseed which is great for holding in twisted loc styles. Use a pea-sized amount at the base of the loc, twist, let dry, and style as desired.  This product has a gel-like consistency which is less likely to cause buildup within the loc.

In all, Afro Love Detox Shampoo has simplified detoxifying locs. It deep cleanses without over-drying, clarifies the scalp and hair shaft, and restores pH balance. Using this shampoo twice per month should improve the general health of the locs. Using the Afro Love’s Detox Mask after shampooing, further restores and nourishes the locs. It adds shine and leaves the locs moisturized. 

Both of these products are fortified with natural ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, great for users with sensitive scalps and dreadlocks.  

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