Its been five months since my fiance started his loc journey. I remember when he decided to start them. He told me that he wanted me to be a part of the journey as well. He wanted our shared energy/love to nourish his locs. Please forgive the hippie in me, but I fell in love with him again when he shared this with me. Plus, he said it would be a learning experience for us both. And it has been. I’ve become somewhat of a loctician.
We wash his locs every Sunday evening. Its become part of our routine. I know washing starter locs so frequently is often discouraged. We’re washing them so frequently because he suffers from eczema on his scalp. Learning how to keep his eczema under control has been a big part of our loc journey as well. Currently, we’re trying to pinpoint what his triggers are through an elimination diet. We’ve eliminated dairy and eggs. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years. I’ve been trying to make the change to veganism for awhile now. I’m excited that he’s doing the elimination diet because I’m trying to get him to join me.
We’ve also added weekly tea rinses with Marshmallow Root and Nettle Leaf.
Marshmallow Root is often used to treat skin/scalp conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Nettle Leaf is often widely used for treating skin/scalp conditions. Plus, it adds the extra benefit of being a natural anti-histamine.
This is our first time using the tea rinse. I’ll be sure to provide an update on any noticed changes to his scalp. Here’s what I did for the tea rinse:
Marshmallow Root/Nettle Leaf Tea Rinse Recipe
- 2 Quarts of boiling water
- 1/3 cup heaping scoop of Marshmallow Root
- 3 teabags of Nettle Leaf
- Steep the tea for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the marshmallow root out. Remove the nettle leaf tea bags. Use the tea as a rinse.
If you have any tips, treatments or suggestions for managing eczema with locs, please share!