Hey Mocha Family,
I really enjoy getting my hands in my son O&O's locks. I can't believe how quickly they are forming. Four months in and his hair already looks and behaves like much older locks. You can imagine my horror to one day find white sticky build up in his locks!
Product build up can develop easily in locks. We typically avoid creamy products, but even clear shampoo can build up over time when not properly rinsed away. Sometimes, even under the best of circumstances residue can build up in locks. I've learned that clarifying is an important part of the maintaining healthy locks.
We work hard towards prevention by limiting our product usage, diluting with water and minimizing. When I apply shampoo to my locks I usually follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse, which works as a clarifier. I also do super rinses where I allow water to run through my locks for long periods of time. Five minutes can seem quick, but when timed I realized how long it feels and the fact that I was rinsing for far less time than I imagined. I no longer detangle, but I rinse. Baths are great for giving locks a good soak.
We tried all of the above with O&O's locks over Winter Break. His build up was significant. Check out the video above to see what finally worked. I've heard it argued that baking soda is not properly PH balanced to cleanse hair safely, however so many lock wearers are successful, we decided to give it a try.
Be blessed and Happy New Year!