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    I really need some help! I have been growing locs for 3-4 months now. For the most part I thought I was off to a good start. I have been going to a loctitian finding what products work best for me, asking questions of others who have locs, and all that, but recently I have noticed something that is bothering me. I am noticing grayish-white clumps of "dirt" in some of my growing hair, especially in the back of my head. Am I doing something wrong or is this normal? I have been questioning if my loctitian is the best choice for me (she doesn't seem confident enough for me) and I am wondering if the product she is using (Taliah Waajid "Lock it Up") on my hair is what is causing this build up in my hair. Any suggestions? Are there other products anyone who suggest? Are there folks here from California (IE) that has a loctitian they would suggest? Or am I just obsessing too much?

    Thanks

    CJ

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    Hi Clenzy, anything that you notice in your locs that is foreign (ex. buildup) is not good. It sounds like that grayish white clumps is product buildup. Some products may be good for some but not for others. I don't have any product buildup at least none that I can see, but as a really good clarifier I use ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) its really good for an itchy scalp as well. Sometimes I dilute it and sometimes I use it straight. You may want to try that. Also do a search on product buildup you'll find alot of information. If you don't feel confident in your loctician I say find another.

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    Clenzy....just wanted to say there is a natural hair shop in Riverside on
    Arlington at magnolia...I called them when first went natural..asked some questions
    didnt like the vibe...You might have better luck. I will look for the number and send it to you.
    I'm in the IE and thats the only one I found out this way.

    Sorry cant help with the rest.

    Happy loc'ing

    Chestener
    Silver Napp

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    i think an answer to your question might be in an investigation of the "lock it up" she is using on your hair. does it have bees wax or pertroleum in it? if so that might be the culprit!
    also... do you cover your head at night/when your cleaning/etc? if not you might just have a bunch of lint in your hair
    lastly (this happened to me during my first few months of locing) you might not be washing the shampoo out of your locs all the way. locs require a lot more rinsing to get all of the soap out then loose hair!
    hth!
    peace

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    Lock It Up is very effective and I know a lot of locticians swear by it to speed up the locking process. I agree with others here -- it is likely the culprit. I don't think it should be used more than one time.

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    Thanks for all the comments so far, I have a lot to think about...Chestener, I think the place you mentioned is the place I've been going to.....now I know I really need to look elsewhere (I was already leaning toward this). So does anyone have a product that they really like to use in starting locks? Right now everytime I go to get my hair retwisted the Lock it Up is used on my hair, so I want to try something else....thanks again for everyone's help

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    My locktician, the one I keep complaining about because she's a flake, uses Murray's pomade (which is in an orange can). I've never experienced a build-up. She twists with that stuff and then puts you under the dryer so the stuff will evaporate a bit and allow the twists to hold. As the weeks go by, I think your hair soaks it up or something as the pomade eventually disappears completely (i.e., you can no longer feel it in your hair). I've bought a few other products to try now that I'm going to do my own maintenance, but the pomade is probably what I'll use the most.

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    I have been using naani's lock down mixed with FOTE Aloe Vera. The lock down is great and has a heavenly smell.

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    I use Twists 'n Locs Honey Wax and there is not much build up for me, but also I try to wash my hair as often as possible. That is the only way I can prevent build up from forming in my locs.

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    I use this as well, it works great.

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    I just wanted to thank everyone for your help! I have been following the advise suggested and my hair is a lot better, cleaner, little to no buildup....I am VERY HAPPY! thanks again!

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