On today’s post l will further elaborate how water is a great moisturiser, as well as why our hair needs moisture and the different ways in which we can incorporate moisture into our hair.. l am certain that you have heard “girl your hair is too dry, it needs moisture”, or in the natural hair community the best way to mosturise your hair is to apply the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) or the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) and in some instances the MHM (Maximum Hydration Method- l will cover hydration in a different post). I will be honest there loves, it took me a very loooooong time to understand what the LOC method was all about. l was religious about the method but l had no idea why l was doing it. Well they say knowledge is power but without understanding its equally USELESS.
So women just to enlighten you, our scalp produces oil and sebum but that sebum is not always enough to protect our hair. The hair needs extreme gentle care, so if your hair looks, dry, thirsty, dull, let me help you. Ethnic hair looks incredibly thick, strong but it tends to be very fragile and can easily dry out fast, so as the queen of your hair just be sure what your needs. Let’s get right into the post.
Well what is Moisture ?
Water/other liquid diffuses in small quantities as vapour or can condense on the surface. Essentially, this means that when you spray water or water based products onto your hair, it will quickly evaporate due to external factors e.g weather and after some few hours your hair is dry/thirsty. So what this means, spraying water on its own on your hair is not sufficient- to keep/seal in the moisture in the hair or to slow down how fast water evaporates from the hair, one has to LOCK IN the moisture. There are two ways in which we can lock in the moisture known as moisture retention methods that will assist our hair. These two methods use the laying concept to layer moisture avoiding dryness. Before l discuss the two methods, l will shortly digress and briefly explain why its important to know your hair porosity, that way you are able to make an informed decision on which method to use for moisture retention.
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb moisture and you need to know in which category your hair lies Low, High and Normal.
Low Porosity – Hair appears to be shiny, looks very healthy, product easily sits on hair (Product build-up), moisture stays in hair, it does not dry up fast and lacks elasticity.
Normal Porosity #GOAL – Elasticity (full of bounce), looks healthy, absorbs and retains moisture well and resilient.
High Porosity – absorbs moisture fast, lacks luster and shine.
That is a brief guideline on hair porosity, will create a full post on Porosity. Look out for it! Now that posrosity is out of the way, we are back to moisture.
LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) or LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method seals in the moisture
L – Water is matter made up of small molecules that are made up of two hrydrolyzed and oxygen H2O, which can easily penetrate through your hair, e.g. Water/Water-based Leave in Conditioners (on the ingredients section of the hair ensure that the FIRST ingredient is water). Some people use aloe vera gel/juice or rose water(*still to try it*)
O – Oil is matter but has larger molecules, e.g. Oil/Oil based products preferably essential oils ( peppermint, rosemary, lavender, tea tree oil) to help to promote growth.
C – Cream is a mixture of water and oil molecules so when combined together creates a chemical reaction called emulsification. Cream, well this solely depends on preference which can be a carrier oil( castor oil, coconut, shea butter, jojoba oil, almond, carrot oil, cantu shea- butter) just to nail a few.
Personally l use the LCO method to lock in moisture for my hair. I find that it has absolutely helped my hair in promoting Health. From experience, the LOC method worked well but my hair would dry out fast.
What l do -Firstly l lay my hair with the Liquid Water/ Organics Olive Oil Leave- in Condition then add shea butter mixed with rosemary and l seal with coconut oil/castor oil/ olive oil or Olive Growth Oil..
Styling Moisture Method – LOG/ LCOG
On a site note, people who enjoy styling, the L.C.O.G (Liquid, Cream, Oil, Gel) or L.O.G ( Liquid, Oil, Gel) would work wonders for you since the LOG method is another variation of LOC . Moisture is essential for styling, so people who prefer wash and go’s styles, twists-out etc normally use the LOG method.
So there you have it my lovely readers, l hope this guideline will help you on how to moisturise your hair.
∗∗Let me know which moisture method you use or you are keen to try out and also the product variation in the comment section below∗∗…