Do you know that human hair is naturally dry? The scalp produces natural oils, but they don’t slide down the hair strands. Moisturising is the most important step in keeping your natural hair healthy and flourishing. Before moisturising your hair, you need to know how porous your hair is. Hair porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb and retain moisture. It could be normal, low or high in porosity.
Normal Porosity = moisture is relatively easy to absorb and retained quite well.
Low Porosity = moisture is difficult to absorb but easy to retain.
High Porosity = moisture is easily absorbed but quickly lost.
Note that no hair porosity type is better than the other. What matters is making sure your moisturising routine caters to your unique hair needs.
Bearing your hair porosity in mind, how you layer your products determines how effective your hair moisturising routine will be.
In this article, we’ll be looking at the two best methods of moisturizing natural hair and how to choose the method that would work best for your hair porosity. The two methods are the LOC and LCO methods.
The LOC Method Of Moisturizing Natural Hair.
The LOC method stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream, describing the order in which you should apply and layer your products.
For Liquid (L), I recommend water as it is the most hydrating. Water is your friend, and spritzing water on your hair regularly will be of great benefit to you. You can also use liquid-based formulas like mist but I highly recommend water.
Next, you need your Oil (O) to lock in this moisture. Use oils that are not too heavy and can easily penetrate your hair without leaving a greasy feel on your strands. The Reina Hair & Scalp Serum is the best product for this.
Finally, you need your Cream (C) to close your hair cuticles and retain moisture. Cream here means a leave-in conditioner and we recommend the Reina HairCare Leave-in conditioner which contains cupuacu butter. Cupuacu butter is the most moisturizing butter ever discovered. Shea butter is nowhere close to how moisturizing this butter is. The LOC/LCO set is the best if you use the LOC or LCO method of moisturizing natural hair.
To use the LOC method:
- Start with freshly washed hair that is damp. If you are moisturising within the week, just spritz water on your hair using a spray bottle.
- Follow up with the hair and scalp serum and smoothen the oil down your hair gently.
- Then, apply the leave-in conditioner to each section of hair and smoothen it down your hair as well. That’s it for this method!
I recommend LOC for high porosity hair. Oil helps high porosity hair become less porous, meaning it won’t over absorb moisture. By applying oil before your cream, the oil acts as a barrier, helping the hair strands hold onto the liquid from the first step and only absorb what it needs from the cream step.
The LCO Method Of Moisturizing Natural Hair.
The LCO method stands for Liquid, Cream and Oil. The difference between the LOC and LCO methods is the order you apply the products.
- Start with freshly washed hair using water as liquid (L). Also, If you are moisturising within the week, just spritz water on your hair using a spray bottle.
- Divide your hair into sections.
- Apply the Reina HairCare moisturising leave-in curl defining custard from root to tip, smoothing it down evenly.
- Work the Hair and scalp serum into each section of hair evenly to seal moisture into your hair shaft and that’s it!
I recommend the LCO method for low porosity hair. Apply your cream second, and add the thin layer of oil at the end. Take it slow with low porosity hair, carefully applying and massaging each product into your hair section by section. This hair porosity type needs more time to absorb moisture, so don’t rush it.
What To Bear In Mind.
- If all three products are still too much for your hair, take one out. Try out an LO or an LC.
- Make sure to shampoo your hair thoroughly to avoid product buildup and detoxify once in two months using the 6 In 1 Bentonite Clay Mask to remove toxins from the scalp and hair. You can click HERE to learn what bentonite clay can do for your hair and scalp’s health.
- All products mentioned are available on the Reina HairCare website.
What method have you been using to moisturise your natural hair? Has it been working? Tell me about it in the comments section below.
Created by Viola Ekene For Reina HairCare.