I am in the beginning process of growing locks. Any recommendations for all natural lock gels?
– JR (Asked via Facebook.com/keepitkinky.net)
As with all products, natural or not, you will have to see which one works best for you. If you are looking for single ingredients, check out the ones below and then see a couple of DIY gels that you can create at home. Always remember to retighten on damp hair to reduce dryness and breaking!
You can use the following products:
- 100% Aloe Vera Gel – No build-up and in my experience, no flaking either. It is clear too and doesn’t leave a white cast as some do.
- Honey – While this is good for hold, I’m not a big fan. It can sometimes flake when not used along with oil and I’ve seen it leave a tinted cast on the hair. It can also cause build-up and attract lint.
- Olive Oil and water – This doesn’t really give hold but is thick and keeps your hair moisturized during the entire process. Hair must fully dry.
- Water – Some people actually use nothing but water and clips to keep hair in place. Frankly, there is nothing wrong with this but may not be best if you’re looking for that slick, neat look at the roots and along the length of the hair. This really depends on the texture of your hair and the look you want but it’s worth a try. Talk about low budget, right?
- Shea Butter – This is a popular choice, but for me, a definite NO. Raw shea butter tends to be thick, gunky, and causes a LOT of build-up. Now, it can be mixed with other things to create a gel, but will still have the same effect as products that include beeswax (another natural ingredient that is very effective for hold and locking but causes a lot of build-up) and is almost impossible to fully remove from locks.
- Flaxseed Gel – This takes a bit of work but you can check out the tutorial in the video below.
There are some mixtures that people use, however. Check out the video below and don’t hesitate to leave comments suggesting other natural products and mixes that can be used for re-twisting locs.