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L.O.C. Moisturizing Method for Natural Curly Hair

January 16, 2018

Leave in -Oil -Cream

This is one of the most effective ways of moisturizing Natural hair. It basically consists of hydrating the hair with a water-based leave in. Sealing in the water with an Oil based product and then coating the cuticle with a cream product or a heavier coating Oil thus preventing moisture loss.

The Breakdown

It is important to have the leave in be a water based product. The water hydrates and moisturizes the hair as hair itself is naturally porous. The trick is actually keeping the moisture in the hair before it can dry completely back out. The oil molecules naturally do not mix with water and can be used to your advantage. Oils like coconut, Ava coco, grape seed, olive oil and other natural oils have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and bind with the hair internal structure or protein. Certain oils do not penetrate the hair shaft. These oils can be used to coat the hair shaft or you can choose a variety of many cream products. The key to this is to make sure the cream being used to coat the hair should also be a moisturizing cream.Natural products that seal and coat the hair are ideal. They are more likely to retain moisture but still allow the hair to take in additional moisture in the case of rehydration between shampoos or co-washes. The best coating oils are Castor, Grapeseed, and Jojoba. They act as sealants. They can also act as emollients that lubricate and fill in gaps along the hair cuticle to prevent moisture loss.

If you have extremely dry hair and/or live in harsh winter climates consider using natural butters like Shea or Mango as your cream for this step. I get the best styling results when I seal my ends with whipped Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Gel. But I usually only reserve Whipped Shea Butter for the winter months.

The order that you put these products in can vary per your particular hair type.

Always starting with a water based leave in. Other variants include LCO, LOC+sealant (achieved by mixed coating oils that do not penetrate the shaft and a cream together)