My hair is naturally a dusty brown as my older sister has programmed into my head. A brown that looks dry, without lustre, lacking moisture... you get my drift, right? To cure this problem, I started with rinses (semi-permanent hair color) in high school and bumped up to full permanent hair color in college. Give me any color but my own! When I started locking, I didn't foresee this as a problem.
I noticed my locks seemed dry and not lustre-filled as I've seen on others. (I'm not in search of shiny locs; no such thing exists!) I condition them after cleaning them, I've tried a clear rinse on them (to promote shine), various sheen sprays, serums and oils. Nothing seemed to last or do the trick. Am I doomed until I'm ready for more permanent hair color? I avoided hair color in the early stages of locking because I was advised that the chemical process would make it harder for my hair to loc. Also, I know dye is harsh on hair and can cause dryness without proper care.
My sister asked me if I greased my hair. Huh? I use oils and sprays. I don't like grease from my relaxed days. I needed grease when my hair was relaxed as nothing else would keep it controlled and moisturized. However, that would lead to heavy, dirtier hair faster. I definitely didn't want that with my locks! DING! I have the hair type that NEEDS grease. It eats up any moisture. Grease would keep my hair from looking like the Sahara Desert with tumble weed.
I picked up the closest product still available as I don't indulge in too many hair care products anymore. Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomade ($3-4) was on hand. Nice smell and the consistency was thick enough to satisfy my taste. The pomade is clear/cloudy white in color. Decent results. My hair wasn't shining, but my hair wasn't terribly thirsty either. I felt a bit of tack; it is a pomade. Maybe I was trying to slightly saturate my hair? I would buy this again, but a product junkie is always on the prowl.
Do you grease your locs? Do you have my hair type? What product do you like best to give your locs some lustre?