Goddess locs are a trendy & gorgeous style. But like every other protective style, it requires maintenance for longitivtiy & durability.
Caring For Your Scalp
Before installing your goddess locs, wash & condition your hair. Goddess locs are best done on a clean, moisturized scalp. I enjoy using the L.O.C (Liquid Oil Cream) method on my hair before installation & this is highly recommended. LO.C simply means hydrating the hair with a water-based liquid product, sealing in the moisture with oil & closing the hair cuticle with a cream product.
After installing your goddess locs, it is important to continue caring for your scalp daily. To avoid itching, flakiness & dryness, I like to mix a few drops of mint essential oil in my bottle of Jamaican castor oil. I massage it into my scalp & it helps improve blood circulation & increase hair growth.
Occasionally, I add equal parts of water & Jamaican castor oil with a few drops of mint essential oil in a spritz bottle & spray into my scalp to keep it moisturized.
The tingling sensation from the mint oil keeps the itch away & makes your scalp feel clean.
Another alternative is Mango & Lime's No More Itch Gro Spray to soothe itch & dry scalp.
How to Wash Our Goddess Locs
Washing crochet goddess locs like you would your natural hair is a tedious & tasking process & most of us do not have the time or patience to deal with it. During wash day (which I like to keep at once every 2 weeks), I personally focus more on my scalp/cornrows than the goddess locs. This method reduces the risk of loosening or unraveling your goddess locs - unless you're going for a Bohemian look which is also a vibe ;)
I discovered the easiest way to wash my goddess locs while installed is by using a light mix of shampoo & water in a spray bottle. Simply spray scalp/hair thoroughly, massage with your fingers & rinse hair very gently with water & rinse your scalp with a wet cloth.
Moisturize your scalp with an oil of your choice - I use Jamaican castor oil with a few drops of mint essential oil.
Finish up with some leave-in-conditioner & dry your hair.
Note: I do not recommend drenching your goddess locs in water. However, if that is your preference, keep the entire process short & be gentle so they do not unravel. If you prefer to wash your crochet goddess locs like you would a weave or your natural hair, make sure it has been uninstalled, that way you can carefully shampoo, rinse gently & leave to air dry.