Moisture Layering 101
Dry hair is probably the most common issue among the natural hair community. Your product choice, as well as the order in which you use your products is vital to long lasting moisturized hair.
If you been following my blog, I’ve mentioned the Liquid Cream Oil Method [or LCO Method] before. It’s a way of layering moisturizing products to not only hydrate the hair but to also seal that moisture in. I was introduced to this method by YouTuber ShantaysWay [click here to view her channel]. She was one of the first YouTube’s I watched when I started my hair journey. There are many different variations to this method. You have the LOC, LCO, and LOCO.
Let’s break it down
The L would be any liquid or leave in as your base. You can use water, water and conditioner mix, aloe Vera juice, or your favorite leave-in conditioner. You want your hair to be damp, not soaking wet, when using either of these methods.
The O would be an oil of your choosing. Olive oil, Almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Safflower oil, Jojoba oil Coconut Oil, the list goes on. You can even take it up a notch by adding some essential oils into the carrier oil. There are so much to choose from, my favorites are rosemary, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender. When doing this step, you want to use just enough to seal the hair and add shine. Overdoing this step will result in weighed down hair, and a greasy mess. So be light handed and add more if you think you need it.
The C would be a creamy moisturizer such as a curling or styling cream. The cream will provide the definition to your curls, kinks, or coils while also hydrating them.
Will this work for me?
The method you choose can depend on your hair porosity, as well as your individual liking. I find that the LOC Method works better on high porosity hair while the LCO Method works better on low porosity hair. The LOCO Method is by preference. I’ve personally never used this method beucase it would be very heavy on my hair since I do have low porosity hair.
Hopefully this information was beneficial to you. If you try any of these methods, leave a comment and let me know how they worked for you!