My client started her own micro twists about 1 year ago. I have been maintaining her hair with interlocking since September 2020. During our 1st appointment we discussed which products she had been using and her maintenance schedule. She informed me that she was using a cream based moisturizer in addition to other products. During her shampoo service I could see a slightly grayish film on her locs especially in the crown area; this was where she typically experienced the most dryness and itching, causing her to apply the cream on a regular basis. I suggested that she discontinue the cream because its was causing build-up in her locs, and switch to a lightweight carrier oil. Thick and opaque products are not recommended for locs in general, but especially the extra small and micro size, due to excessive build-up.
To remove the build-up in her locs I used Carol's daughter's wash day delight which is a clarifying shampoo. I prefer this product over apple cider vinegar with baking soda. The wash day delight helps to remove most forms of debris, excess oils, and certain causes of dandruff, while soothing the scalp, and leaving the hair smelling fresh. Afterwards I follow up with a moisturizing shampoo. Since her hair is fully locked and does not unravel when wet, I also use a lightweight conditioner.
Before sitting my client under the dryer to prepare for interlocking I spray her hair and scalp with our rose water. It's refreshing, smells amazing, and provides a gentle mist on the hair. I oil her scalp with our hair and scalp oil which has a base of castor oil and grapeseed oil with essential oils such as peppermint and rosemary oil. My oil mixture helps to stimulate hair growth, reduce inflammation and itching, prevent the scalp from drying out while under the dryer, and seals in the moisture in her locs keeping them light and soft. *I always make sure to ask clients if they have sensitivities to any ingredients before applying products to their scalp.*
After discontinuing the cream moisturizer my client's locs feel softer, lighter, and remain free of build-up 🤗. Cheers to another healthy micro loc journey!