My friend Tony doesn't maintain his locs. It's been done 3 or 4 times in the past 6 or 7 years since he's had them, and I think I'm being generous. Because of this, he has experienced dryness, damage, and lost a few locs.
Tony maintains that he likes his locs as they are; he wants freeform locs with their own personality and he has certainly achieved that.
Though I am all for the freeform-ish look a la Bob Marley or Lauryn Hill, I'm convinced that if some repair isn't done on his locs, the damage will get worse until they all fall out.
So I decided to help a brotha out, so to speak. I used Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Formula Loc Gel and a spray bottle filled with water to moisten the unlocked hair at the root. I used my fingers to twist the hair and rolled each loc into a bantu knot to dry. I finished with a good spritz of a water and oil mix, and moisturized the scalp with Wild Growth Oil.
After I removed the bantu knots, Tony looked like a loced Al Sharpton!
He wasn't too into that, lol, so we went with a neat ponytail pulled back with an elastic band.
His hair also wasn't completely dry so I wanted the locs to be held down until they were.