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    I have wanted to loc my hair for quite some time, but it is chronicly dry and rough - no matter how I mositurize it. I know that if I loc it this dry/hard texture will only be intensified. I wanted to know if any of you have any tips you could offer for softening locs that didn't involve excessive oil or butters. I was also wondering about tips for locking arm pit length natural hair.

    Thank you.

    -Brass

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    Well I will be the first bite...lol

    As a loose nappy, my hair was DRY as the Sahara. I tried using all the concotions in the world for softness, but it never really worked. I also thought my loced hair would have the same result, but suprisingly it dosent. I moisturize with a olive oil mixture (oil based) while some others like to moisturize with a infused water spritz. Honestly, the best moisturizer for locs is water!!! You dont want to use any butters for locs b/c that adds to bulidup and makes your locs dull and yucky. I remember another poster stated a comment about what her loctician told her: "if you cant put it in your mouth, you shouldnt put it in your hair."

    As for locing hair of your length...I would suggest 2-strand twists, braids, maybe coils, or even sisterlocs. It all depends on the type of look you are going for, what kind of maintaince, and your texture.

    Hope this helps...

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    I have problems with "hard locs". I don't recommend worrying about the softness during the locking stages, once your locks mature, hot oil treatment and moisturizing conditioners. Also, daily spritz with water olive oil and your favorite EO , lastly drinking plenty of water to properly hydrate your body. I am bad on the weekend for not drinking enough water. This should help with the problem. I still have problem with dryness but spritz and shower mist really does soften them up.

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    SATURATING MY HAIR WITH ALOE VERA JUICE NOT GEL REALLY HAS HELPED ME. I DO IT RIGHT AFTER i FINISH SHAMPOOING,THEN SEAL IT IN WITH ALOEVERAGEL WITH OLIVE OIL.

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    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and replies.

    Puchi I had a question specifically for you:

    As for locing hair of your length...I would suggest 2-strand...

    I would like the resulting locs to be smooth, so I was gong to maintain them by finger twisting newgrowth in a clock wise direction afterwards I would tie down the damp hair until it was dry. Is this an appropriate way to acheive smooth locs that aren't too compressed?

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    Puchi I had a question specifically for you:I would like...

    A question for me...i feel so special...lol.

    It seems like a good maintaince method for me. Palmrolling typically results in smooth, cylindrical locs. (This may not be the case for everyone) I palmroll as well. (Ive tried latching, but I like the look of palmrolled locs better. ) If you want to palmroll, I suggest starting with 2-strand twists or coils. 2-strands may be easier b/c your hair is a little longer. You stated earlier that you have very dry hair so Im going to assume that its very kinky and should hold up pretty well. When you retwist, clip down your hair with metal clips to make sure your hair stays twisted. Dont twist too tight and too often, and you should be fine. Use all natural products (olive oil/coconut oil/vitamin e oil) work the best. Feel free to ask anything else if you need to!

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    I'm getting a lot of helpful info from this post as well. Puchi, you say that you should use metal clips to hold down the hair. Should you keep the metal clips in the hair until the hair is fully dry? Or take them out whenever you are finished with twisting?

    What I usually do is keep them in for about 10 or 15 minutes.After, I may ormay not use a blow dryer. When I blow dry, it is on low, and I only do it for a few minutes. I want to help it dry, but not completely dry it. I usually do this when I'm about to go to bed. I let it air dry if I've twisted in the morning and I'm heading out.

    So, is it wise to keep the clips in a long time while the hair dries??

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    For maximum hold, I always wait until my hair is completly dry before I take out the clips. If Im in a rush, I will use a blow dryer, and Im thinking about buying a hooded dryer b/c the handheld one I had dosent really do a good job for me.

    I would say keep them in for much longer than 10-15 minutes. To me, taking them out when they are still wet dosent really help, unless u have the type of hair that stays put when you twist them. I have super thick hair, and I need those clips...lol.

    Oh and Ive heard that sleeping with wet hair is bad b/c it leads to mildew!

    Hope this helps!

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    you may also want to try sleeping in a plastic cap at night. My locs are 7 1/2 to 9 inches long and i usually would put whatever moisturizer or oil in my hair, put on a plastic cap and tie a scarf on (with the knot under my chin to prevent it from coming off). you will definetly have softer hair in the morning.

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    Thank you ladies for all the useful information :-)

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    ~ PEACE .... Great Info All ~

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    for soft hair do a coconut milk rinse. that helps me alot.

    also check your diet. Are you getting enough oils in your body?
    try eating baked fish at least 3 times a week and drinking lots of water.

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