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How to Care for Starter Locs in a Protective Style

If you do a protective style on your starter locs you must still care for them. A few weeks ago I installed Faux Locs over my starter locs. Other protective styles that I’ve done over locs are box braids and twist. If you would like to know how to do this protective style you can see the post here.

I kept in the faux locs for over 1 month. In this post, I will be sharing with you the steps that I took to care for my starter locs while wearing faux locs as a protective style.

This is the only photo I have of the style.
I just started a new contract as an online ESL Teacher.

Protective Styling

The Aim of Protective Styling is to protect your hair, meaning minimizing manipulation. It doesn’t mean that you do not have to moisturize your hair while wearing it.

Whenever you wear protective styles you must always remember to care for your hair.

Haircare Minimalism

I am a haircare minimalist and because of that, the way I care for my hair is simple and different from most naturalists. With locs, you really need to limit the number of products that you use in your hair. Products, especially creams will cause build-up in your hair. Apart from that, many products contain harsh chemicals that you should eliminate from your hair care regimen.

I love using natural products for my hair and in fact, I just started making my own coconut oil bar soap which I use to wash my hair.

To care for my starter locs I use a few simple ingredients:

  1. Organic Coconut Oil
  2. Castor Oil
  3. 2 drops Tea Tree Oil / Eucalyptus oil for scalp stimulation
  4. WATER

I put all these ingredients in a bottle and I apply it to my roots then I massage it in. For the end of my hair that is covered with the faux locs, I mist it with pure water. If you use aloe vera water or anything of that sort, feel free to replace pure water with that.

There you have it, my minimalist method for caring for my starter locs while wearing a protective style.

Thank you for reading and i’ll see you in the next one.


Shanice DK is a Freelance Writer within the beauty and wellness niche. She enjoys spending time in nature, writing, and crafting handmade items. You can catch up with Shanice on her business website - Or on Instagram @faithnturtles.

2 Comments on “How to Care for Starter Locs in a Protective Style

  1. Hi Shanice! First off, I want to say that I absolutely love your blog. I stumbled upon it a few days ago and it’s definitely giving me inspiration. I started my loc journey on 3.12.2020 and got box braids over my 57 antennaes on 6.12.2020.

    With you doing protective styles over your locs, did you still try to adhere to your wash routine? I haven’t washed since getting the box braids installed. Thanks in advance and love your content!

    1. Hi Breyanna! Thank you so much and congrats on starting your locs! So when I did protective styles over my locs I tried to only keep them in for 2-4 weeks, closer to 2. My wash routine then and now is about 3 weeks. So, I was on my wash routine but I did not wash my hair with the protective style still in.

      It’s usually okay to wait a little longer to wash your locs, some people don’t wash for a few months. However, to wash with the protective style it will be hard to get your locs to fully dry.

      Thanks for your comment and such a good question.

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