Hey there 4c hair lovers! Now that we’ve unraveled what characteristics our hair possesses we can get straight into the next step of building a hair regimen, moisturizing your hair. One of the most important things you can do to make sure your hair grows well is to moisturize. A lot of us 4c naturals, myself included have always reverted to everything that our mothers, aunts etc taught us about looking after our hair. For example, basing your scalp with hair food or “grease” like DAX or Blue Magic in order to moisturize the scalp yet these products do not moisturize the hair or scalp in any way.
How do you moisturize?
Moisturizing your hair literally means adding moisture to your hair. Moisture is not oil. Moisture is water. Yep, water. Water is not a miraculous way to get your hair to grow fast. What water does is stop the damage that can happen when handling your hair. Think of it like this, combing 4c hair when it is dry, and unstretched is a form of torture almost tantamount to water boarding. The exact opposite happens when you comb or detangle wet 4c hair. This is because wet hair is more flexible ensuring that our delicate strands don’t snap when we handle them.
As a 4c natural my hair is very prone to dryness and breakage and loses moisture quite easily. As a result, I use the LOC method to moisturize my hair. Simply explained, the LOC moisturizes and maintains the moisture of the hair by sealing any moisture under a layer of oil and then a cream(butter). Let’s break it down even further.
L: Liquid or Leave in
This is the moisture that you would add to your hair, in other words, water or leave in conditioner. If you don’t want to use water you are welcome to use leave in conditioner as an alternative or a moisturizing spritzer. I am currently using Aunt Jackies Half and Half Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk, which my hair loves.You can purchase this product at Clicks for R121, 95.
This product can somewhat over saturate your hair or make it feel mushy so I normally mix mine in another bottle with water which works well for me. The point is to dampen the hair, not completely wet it or your hair won’t dry!
The next step is to apply a layer of oil to seal in the moisture that you have just applied to your hair. The most common and some of the best oils to use at this stage are able to penetrate the hair strand and provide it with nutrients that mineral oil and petrolatum don’t have. My favorites are as follows:
- Coconut oil: Has a small molecule size and is able to penetrate the hair easier than all other oils and bind itself to the natural structure of the hair making hair much stronger.
- Extra virgin Olive Oil (EVOO): contains plenty of mono-unsaturated fatty acid and vitamin E which good for hair growth
- Avocado Oil: Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants.
The final step is to apply a layer of cream to your hair. This should ideally be a nourishing cream or butter which will add that final seal to your hair. You are welcome to use a natural butter like Shea, Cocoa and Avocado butter or if you are wanting to have more defined curls, a moisturizing styling cream would be your best bet e.g Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Plaiting Pudding Cream which is currently on special at Clicks till January 23, 2017 for R63,95, or Cantu Coconut Curling Cream for R199,95 and is also sold at Clicks.
How often you choose to moisturize your hair is up to you and the needs of your hair. You may not even need to use all three products everyday. It’s a good idea to follow the LOC method when you have washed your hair. You can then follow up with a spritz of your chosen liquid and either the oil or the cream after that, your hair will tell you what it needs.
I would love to hear from you all. Who’s currently using the LOC method and how has it worked for you? If you would like to try this method, tag me on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #4chairsa so I can follow your progress. Until next time, remember
Good hair is 4c hair