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.
- 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!
Oh, the woes of dry, natural hair! If your hair is lacking moisture, hydration, then cooperation is not happening. Does your natural hair seem to soak up moisture in a few hours as if the other twenty doesn’t need to be accounted for? Dry, brittle, unmanageable, frizzy is in your frame of reference when describing your hair? It probably can benefit from a deep conditioner. To remedy dry hair, try working with ten natural foods, like ripe, yummy avocados and golden, sweet bananas, both full of natural oils straight from the pantry. Why? Not anti-product, but weed out the best products that actually work and not pay so much to achieve beautiful, manageable hair. While avocados are pricey, the benefit of getting 100% avocado chock full of nutrients, and not a hybrid of 30 other ingredients, is priceless!
Here are ten edible items that can be use as an natural deep conditioner and their benefits for hair:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Smooths hair shafts over time, preventing split ends.
2. Avocado: Helps hydrate hair, natural oils repairs split ends.
3. Banana: Rich in potassium, natural oils, vitamins that softens hair.
4. Coconut oil: Essential proteins to rebuild damage hair.
5. Eggs: Protein rich, makes hair more manageable.
6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Controls frizzy hair, full of good fats.
7. Honey: Natural humectant, provides impeccable shine.
8. Mayonnaise: Another form of eggs, providing shiny, soft hair.
9. Molasses: Full of proteins, minerals helps to relieve hair of stress.
10. Plain Yogurt: Great protein supplier leaves hair shiny, soft.
Homemade Deep Conditioner Recipes:
1 Whole Avocado
1 cup real Mayonaise
3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Oil
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
1/2 Can of Coconut Milk
2-3 tablespoon each of Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Honey
1/2 cup of Plain Yogurt
1/4 Cup of Molasses
1/3 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 jars of Banana baby food (Some like the baby food better because of less messiness than a whole banana)
1 jar of Banana baby food
1/4-1/2cup Coconut Cream or Milk
2 tablespoons of Honey
2 tablespoons of Coconut and Avocado (or the oil)
1/2 cup of Plain Yogurt
2 Egg Yolks
1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
3 jars of Banana baby food
It’s best to blend all items in a blender to ensure a well-blended mix. Feel free to add drops of natural oils like lavender or rose for an invigorating scent and know you aren’t marry to the exact specifications of these formulas! Try them all—add or deduct what works best for your hair. After all, all hair is not created equal.
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Re-Blogged From: Naptural85
“How can I repair my dry hair? I can’t get it to retain moisture!?”
Dry curly hair, especially dry African-American curly hair, is normal! Our hair is naturally curly, coarse and dry, it’s just how it grows out of our heads. With straight hair, it’s easy for the natural oils to travel down the hair shaft, keeping it moisturized. But with curly, coily hair, it’s a lot harder for the oils to navigate, which causes the hair to remain dry, especially towards the ends. So don’t assume that because your hair is dry, it’s always an indication of how well you care for your hair, or signs of neglect. Most of the time it’s just a characteristic of our hair! I can moisturize the heck out of my hair and still have it be dry by the end of the day.
With that being said, there are ways that we can return the moisture to our hair! There are solutions, but know that they wont be permanent. Since our hair is naturally dry, you’ll need to repeat these processes daily and weekly in order for your hair to remain moisturized. Similar to drinking water to keep hydrated, and plants that need to be watered every single day, our hair needs the same treatment or it will return to it’s natural dry state.
Personally, my hair is really thirsty and get’s dry really fast. In order to keep my hair moisturized I do the following “regimen.” I’m not perfect in doing the same thing every single month, but I always do some variation of the following:
Daily Moisture Treatments:
One of the most simple solutions to combating dry hair on a daily basis is to apply water on your hair day and night. In my experience, it’s not enough to just apply products or oils to your dry hair, it needs water first. The water is the moisture, while the oils and products are what seals the moisture in.
I fill my spray bottle with two-thirds water and one-third aloe vera juice. Then give my hair a light spritz every morning and night, just enough to penetrate my strands, but not enough to make my hair soaking wet, so it doesn’t ruin my style. I add the aloe vera juice because of it’s amazing healing properties. It also helps to ease frizz and calms the ends of your hair.
After lightly spritzing with water, follow up with a bit of your favorite oil-based hair product to seal the moisture in. My favorite sealing product is my homemade shea butter cream.
This method works well on any style you’re wearing: wash and go, twist out, bantu knot out, etc.. The only style you won’t want to do this to is a silky, smooth flat- ironed style, as the water might revert your straight hair.
Weekly Moisture Treatments:
Once-per-week or once-every-two-weeks, a deep conditioning treatment is really helpful. Two of my favorite deep conditioning treatments are my Homemade Mayo Deep Conditioner and my Homemade Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner, both uploaded to my Naptural85 Youtube Channel. They’re both packed with protein, so they’re extremely helpful in helping to strengthen your strands.
Give them a try if you’re not protein sensitive! Otherwise, use any deep conditioner of your choice at least once per week in order to infuse moisture and beneficial minerals and vitamins to your hair.
After your deep conditioning treatment, while your hair is wet, be sure to seal in the moisture with your favorite oil-based hair product.
Anytime Moisture Treatments:
Spritz your hair with water (and aloe vera juice if you like) and throw on a plastic cap! Keep it on for as long as you want. You can even sleep with it on if you want to! When you take the plastic cap off, your hair will be extremely soft, and the best part, there’s nothing to wash out! Just follow up with your favorite oil-based hair product to seal the moisture in.
“Conditioning on The Go”
This is one of my favorite things to do, especially in the extreme cold of winter and extreme heat of summer. I uploaded a video of this to my Youtube Channel, but I’ll also attach it here!
So that’s basically all I do to retain the moisture in my hair. Again, my hair is naturally very dry, but these simple daily and weekly treatments really help me maintain the moisture. There’s a lot of products out there that promise to help you retain your moisture, but for me, water, shea butter, and various oils has done wonders for the structure of my strands.
Again, not everyone’s hair is the same, but I believe that water is the best moisturizer you can use. I think what makes the difference is the product that you use to seal the water in. If your hair has a looser curl pattern, you can get away with lighter products to seal the moisture in, like light oils. But if you have a tighter curl pattern, you’ll want to stick to heavier creamier products, like butters (shea, mango, etc…) to really help the hair absorb the moisture.
So I hope this post helped guys! Have a great week and I’ll talk to you soon!
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