Currently, my hair is in what I call "bootcamp" ... a series of gentle protective styles that keep my hair tucked away from the harsh winter air. However, Whenever I wear my hair out and free? I'm always asked what I do to keep my hair growing? Again, besides the basic 6 tips I outlined previously, the key to lush, flourishing, dutty wine helicopter propelling hair is to keep it properly moisturized. To do this, I use what has been called the the L.O.C (Liquid - Oil - Cream or Butter) Method. Applying this method to your hair is pretty easy and as I mentioned, I'm a fan of keeping it simple. Below is a brief description of my personal take on this method as well as the steps in which I apply my products. For convenience, I've taken the time to gather all of my favorite natural hair products in one central location ... my online list of favorite (natural hair) things powered by Amazon! Here, I've highlighted a few of these hair favorites below as I discuss them to save search time. Enjoy!
- The biggest misconception in moisturizing your hair is that this magical moisture will somehow come from a mystery product. Let me be the 1st to tell you, unless you are incorporating actual water of some kind? ...You are not moisturizing your hair! Just like your body is made up of 80% water, so it your hair. There is no leave-in conditioner, hair grease, oil, or magic elixir from the hills of Timbuktu that will replace the power of water ... both in your body and in your hair. As a matter of fact, if you're body is running low on water, three guesses where it will start pulling that hydration from 1st? That's right ... Your hair! Dry, brittle hair is often a byproduct of poor water intake. In addition to making sure I drink my fair share of H2O, I'm certain to apply enough water on my strands everyday. To do so, I fill a spray bottle with water, then add the following inside ...
- Hands down this is the most asked about information and understandably so. There's literally thousands of oils to choose from and the impact on your hair depends on so many factors: coarseness (thickness of your hair strands) ... density (the number of hair strands you have in a given section) ... and curl pattern (the tightness/looseness of your curls) are all factors to consider when choosing an oil. My personal oil regimen is as follows:
- For coarse, thick hair (add to spray bottle already filled 1/2 way with water)
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil (maintains hair thickness & promotes growth)
- Grapeseed Oil & Olive oil (carries moisture into the hair shaft)
- Jamaican Mango Lime oil (contains key essential oils and vitamins in an "all-in-one" mix)
- Doo Grow Leave-In Conditioner (adds more moisture & smoothes the hair)
- Tea Tree oil (cures my eczema, prevents dandruff, and is an prevents scalp irritation).
Exact amounts of each oil is rarely used as I tend to free hand this part. However, with the tea tree oil, only 1-2 drops are needed, as it is powerful and has a strong scent.
Cream ( and / or Butter)
- Finally, applying moisture means nothing without trapping it all in. If your hair is anything like mine, then combating dryness is a constant battle. To seal in my liquid and oil moisture, I apply my favorite moisture rich cream. In this case, it's my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In. Not only does it keep my hair smooth, soft, and manageable, but its new formula has none of the harsh or drying chemicals that I desperately try to avoid (no parabens, sulfates, glycerin, silicones, etc). After spraying a small section of my hair with our new mixture as described above, I coat my hair from roots to tips with the Cantu conditioning cream. At this point, you can stop here and begin styling your hair or placing it into plaits for a nightly routine. For me? I like to add another quick step. After a bit of Cantu, I also add a small amount of whipped raw shea butter from Ghana. Historically, African shea butter has been used for its healing, sun protectant, and hair conditioning properties. By adding a bit of this thicker butter to the tips of my hair, then smoothing another small bit over the full length of my strands, my hair's moisture is fully sealed in and incredibly soft.
In short, this quick method has been absolutely essential in my hair growth. I moisturize my hair with this L.O.C Method twice a day. Mornings right before styling and certainly at the end of a long day once the moisture begins to evaporate. For a quick review, I add my products in the order of thin to thick: water, liquid leave-in conditioner, oils (all combined in my spray bottle) ... then finally a cream to seal ... a heavy butter for thick, course hair is optional. As a special note, those who use lots of gel in styling might not prefer Cantu as their cream sealant. The cream and gel combo (especially in "wash & gos") has a history of leaving white residue on the hair when the gel dries. Additionally, for those with fine / thinner hair, the heavy butter may be a bit too heavy, leaving it weighted down and limp.
Hope these tips have been helpful! I wore my big natural hair out for the 1st time in months over the weekend! Check out my latest 'fro pics here on this week's Daily Fashion Fix post.
Leave a comment below to let me know how the L.O.C Method is working for you! Special note, this post was a sponsor free post based completely on my personal experience with these products.