Monthly Archives: March 2013

L.O.C. Method for Natural Hair

Figuring out how to keep our hair soft and moisturized can be a challenge. In the winter, the air is drier, and the harsh winds can give our curls and coils a beating.

Over on the CurlTalk forum, curlies are discussing ways to ensure the moisture stays locked in. Does multiple day hair without remoisturizing seem like a distant dream? Try the hair product-layering combo of liquid, oil, cream — aka the L.O.C. method — to keep your hair soft this winter!

The LOC Method

  • First apply water (or a water-based leave-in) to moisturize the hair.
  • Lightly seal that layer with your favorite oil.
  • Next, seal that with a butter or cream and style.

The idea behind the L.O.C. method is that each layer seals the one before it. Many of you say this method is great for sealing in the moisture and achieving multiple day hair without re-upping on product application during the week.

Natural Hair Tutorial: The L.O.C. Method
by NaturallyDemure
Variations of the L.O.C. MethodAchieving super soft hair status might be a one-take success or a process of trial and error because there are variations of LOC method. After perusing forums, blogs and videos, here are a couple ways we noticed people use the method to moisturize their hair:

  • Liquid leave-in + oil + oil-based cream or butter like a DIY shea butter mix or Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love
  • Liquid leave-in + oil + water-based cream or butter like Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Twisting Cream
  • Liquid leave-in + oil+ gel styler for a wash & go

The common factor between these variations is that, unlike many naturally curly hair routines, sealing with oil isn’t the last step. Usually after applying leave-ins and stylers, we seal the length of our hair or just our ends with oil. The L.O.C. method doesn’t stop there. For some people, that extra step keeps their hair moisturized longer.

Those with thin, fine, or naturally smooth-to-the-touch coils may find that this method weighs down their hair. Through trial and error, all hair types will have to figure out the right amount of product that their unique head of hair needs.

If you’re interested in trying something different in your hair routine this winter, consider the L.O.C. method! When first testing it out, remember a little product goes a long way.

For more, check out Jackie’s LOC method!

Source: Curly Nikki

Our Daily Bread – Thankful In All Things

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

My daughter is allergic to peanuts. Her sensitivity is so acute that eating even the tiniest fragment of a peanut threatens her life. As a result, we scrutinize food package labels. We carry a pre-filled syringe of medicine (to treat allergic reactions) wherever we go. And, when we eat out, we call ahead and quiz the wait staff about the restaurant’s menu items.

Despite these precautions, I still feel concerned—both for her current safety and for her future safety. This situation is not something I would naturally be thankful about. Yet, God’s Word challenges: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). There’s no getting around it. God wants us to pray with thanksgiving when the future is uncertain, when heartbreak hits, and when shortfalls come.

It’s hard to be grateful in difficulties, but it’s not impossible. Daniel “prayed and gave thanks” (Dan. 6:10), knowing that his life was in danger. Jonah called out “with the voice of thanksgiving” (Jonah 2:9) while inside a fish! These examples, coupled with God’s promise that He will work all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28), can inspire us to be thankful in all things.

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain.
Thanks for homes and thanks for fireside
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain! —Hultman
In all circumstances, we can give thanks that God has not left us on our own.

One Shift Away

osteen2Posted by Joel Osteen on 3/8/2013

Years ago, I was at an amusement park with our two children. We were in line for a very popular ride. At first it was a single file line, but as we got closer to the front, we were gathered into groups and led into a little building about 20 feet by 20 feet to wait for our turn. We were the first ones in our group to enter the building. We walked all the way to the other side of the room next to these big double doors and waited. But as other people began to come in, they were excited about getting on the ride and started maneuvering their way in front of us. I’m more laid back and easy going, so I wasn’t going to try to fight for our position. It was so crazy that we ended up at the very back of the room by the doors where we came in. In a few minutes, a young lady came out who worked at the park and gave us instructions about the ride. Then she said, “Okay, we’re ready to go. Turn around and go back out the same doors you came in.” We thought we were in the worst position, but one word from the person in charge, and suddenly, we were in the best position!

In the same way, all God has to do is shift the direction of some things in your life, and you’ll go from the back to the front! The truth is, you’re one shift from seeing a dream come to pass; one shift from paying your house off; one shift from seeing your health improve; one shift from meeting the right person.

You might say, “Joel, you’re just getting people’s hopes up.” Yes, you’re right! You can’t have faith if you don’t first have hope. When you go out with the attitude that says, “God, I believe things are shifting in my favor this year,” that’s not just being positive, that’s your faith being released. When you declare God’s favor, God says to the angels, “Listen to what they’re saying. They believe I’m all-powerful. They believe I can do the impossible. Let Me move this person out of the way. Let Me open up this new door. Let Me line up this new relationship. Let Me turn that negative situation around.”

It says in Isaiah that, “This is God’s year to act.” Not next year. Not five years from now. Not in the “sweet by and by.” No, this is the year God is going to shift things in your favor. He is getting things all lined up. What you couldn’t make happen on your own, God is going to cause you to accomplish. It’s going to be bigger than you thought, it’s going to happen quicker than you imagined, and it’s going to be more rewarding than you ever dreamed of. Your part is to stay in faith; keep declaring that God is at work. Keep believing that He is turning things around for your good. Remember, this is the year of God’s favor, and you are just one shift away from every blessing He has in store for you!

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19, NIV)

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