Yaaaas I know how dramatic that title sounds- but I have noticed too many of us making the same mistake on the Facebooks and Instagrams lately 👀 Sooooo of course it’s time to fix our damn lives!
Basically we all know our naturally coily kinky curly hair LOVES moisture. Water is our tight mate, and makes the texture pop- but the trouble is getting the moisture in and keeping it there 💩
This is where the LOC method comes in. Whether you’re doing a wash and go, twirling in a two-strand twist, finessing them finger coils, doing the things that make the pots to be done etc- at end of the day, this method of layering products is the key to maintaining the moisture in your hair.
Leave-In/Liquid– this is an unskippable step in the method. Yes, you heard me: UNSKIPPABLE! You washed your hair, the water got in it, you got that moisture yaas gyal: but like, would you skip lotion after a shower?
In the same way, our hair requires a good leave-in conditioner to stay soft and juicy. Depending on your hair texture and porosity, it can be as light or as heavy as you prefer. Thereafter you can go in with your preferred styling products to define your natural gifts in your chosen style. Whether you use it LOC or LCO, it’s clear one thing stays pretty much first!
Oil– Seals in the moisture so it doesn’t evaporate from the hair during drying.
Cream- Will define curls and coils as required, thus a styling product like a ‘curl cream’.
I am calling this out particularly, because I used to be this human while I was transitioning- I did not know the giant difference between a moisturizing product and a styling product. For example, a product I think we’ve all tried at some point is Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard. This is a product best suited to styling and defining hair. Using this alone is actually doing our kinks a disservice in the long run- not because it’s a bad product, but because it’s not made for the purpose of maintaining moisture on it’s own.
Simply using a bit of Aunt Jackie’s Quench Leave-In Conditioner before doing the Curl La La thangs made such a difference to my hair.
Yes, I like how my wash and go looks when it’s big and defined. However I won’t compromise on healthy hair just for ~lewks~. Trust fam, when your hair is healthy it really does show off and do the most anyway 😙 Do the things, and your hair will thank you 🙋