FAQ: What should I do about lint trapped in my locs?
|Source: Jemelle Clark|
Always use a GENTLE hand when trying to remove lint.
This can help save your locs!!!
Here are some basic tips for handling lint:1) ask a friend to gently try to remove large pieces of fluffy lint from the loc with a pair of tweezers
If it is not 'fluffy', it is likely that what you are seeing is build-up e.g. accumulated residue (from shampoo, shea butter, locking wax, gel or conditioner) embedded in your locs -
Here are some basic tips for handling build-up:
- try an ACV rinse or club soda rinse. (Actually soak the offending part of the loc for 10-15 mins and then try to gently squeeze or work the gunk out).
- clarifying shampoo (leave the shampoo on for about 5 mins or so before working up a lather, rinsing and repeating)
- Bentonite or Rassul Clay cleansing treatment
In either case - if neither technique works you can
a) colour the offending section with a permanent marker or sharpie
b) in very bad cases - take down the loc, remove the gunk and start a new loc.
Prevention is so much better than cure.
Below are some photos of me removing lint and then repairing a client's locs.
|Some of the naturally shed hair - that was previously encased in the loc - and the balls of lint|
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