How I got rid of build-up in my sisterlocks

Yep, sisterlocks also get build-up. Lint from fabrics, gunk from products….Oh horror! Here is how I got rid of build-up in my sisterlocks.

I have had my sisterlocks for 4 years now and I struggled for the first 2 years, desperately needing them to get to the budding stage. See my hair was not exactly all naturale when I had the locks installed. My ends were post-texturizer and would inevitably take a very long while to lock. What made it worse – I have a dry & itchy scalp and that, my lovelies, is where my build-up mallachy started!

These are the mistakes I made:
1. I slathered normal store-bought hair oil on my scalp every other day to keep dryness and the itchy scratchy at bay.
2. I wrapped my hair up in non-silk, non-satin wraps.
3. I washed my hair with products that weren’t lock-friendly – ended up stripping away the little natural oils there were.

The build-up got so bad that I considered dyeing my hair black! I looked for clarifying shampoos and washed regularly, changed up my scalp oil several times, almost took a tweezer to my locks even! Well, I perished that tweezer thought because going through 301 little locks would take me days!

After a lot of research I tried the following over the course of 6 weeks and it worked for me. 🙂
1. ACV and Baking Soda wash. I used the ACV from Mother (I hear it is the best brand) and normal baking soda. I mixed 1/4 cup ACV with 4 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and I added a few drops of Rosemary Essential Oil for that extra ooomph. Put all of it in a spray bottle, sprayed it all over my locks making sure all strands were saturated and put on a plastic cap and let that sit for 30 minutes. Rinsed it out with warm water and noticed a difference right away.
2. For the next wash (which was after 10 days because I was a gym fanatic and I couldn’t last longer than 10 days with all the perspiration mess), I used our Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar. Dampened my hair and rubbed the soap all over to lather then scrubbed well and left that on there for 30 minutes. then rinsed off with warm water.

ACV and Baking Soda magically dissolve the build-up/gunk leaving your locks feeling lighter, Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the scalp and stimulates hair growth while Bentonite draws out toxins, impurities and the gunk leaving your hair squeaky clean.

After that there regimen my build-up was gone BUT I had to ensure that it never came back by doing these things religiously:
1. Use Raw Shea Butter to moisturize my dry scalp.
2. I regularly spritz my hair with a DIY spray made with water, Jojoba oil and a few drops of Rosemary – to help with itchiness and growth.
3. Use a satin head wrap from
4. I wash my locks with Bentonite Shampoo Bar when I need a deep cleanse or Rosemary Peppermint to help soothe my scalp and promote growth.

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