Moisturizing and Sealing is vital to growing and maintaining healthy hair. In my previous post, I discussed why moisturizing is an important part of the hair care process. Now, I want to discuss how to moisturize and seal your hair. There are three basic steps in the moisturizing and sealing process, you may have seen them online. The most known method is the L.O.C. method. The L.O.C. method is simply liquid, oil, cream. However, there is a variation of LOC that I use. I will discuss both…
There is no set rule saying that you absolutely have to use the LOC method in order to moisturize. LOC and LCO are truly based on preference, but it’s highly recommended that you use the three steps to ensure that your hair is properly moisturized. The oil in the process holds the moisture in and allows it to penetrate. Let’s walk through both methods.
L.O.C. Method: Liquid. Oil. Cream.
Liquid– use a liquid water-based leave-in, moisturizer, or spritz your hair with purified water. I don’t recommend tap water and I would only use bottled water.
Oil– seal the liquid in with an oil of your choice. This will depend on your hair type and preference. I would recommend any oil that is a ceramide.
Cream– use a creamy leave-in product to seal both the liquid and oil in the hair. This can be any cream of your choice; however, most naturals use shea butter as the cream in this method.
The next variation is my preferred method. It still has the three basic steps; however, I have reversed the order of applying Oil and Cream.
Liquid– apply a liquid leave-in or spritz the hair with water
Cream– apply a cream leave-in or moisturizer such as Elasta QP Mango Butter, Hairveda’s Whipped Cream, Giovanni Direct Leave-in, or Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector.
Oil– seal with your choice of oil: EVOO, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or a ceramide (check out my ceramide post for a full list) I use the same products as anyone doing the L.O.C. method. I preferred to use a cream first, followed by the oil.
Now, you may wonder about the purpose of adding the cream. Why not just use liquid and oil? The cream is an additional moisturizer. The cream, in addition to the oil, provides two additional layers that hold the liquid moisturizer longer. If you have low porosity or high porosity hair, this is a must!
I will add that I also use a homemade moisturizer mix spray. I know that’s a mouthful. LOL! I prefer applying each product individually; however, there are times that I just need a quick spritz or I may not feel well, so this is a great option to ensure my hair isn’t neglected. The pre-mixed spray makes it easy to get my moisturizing and sealing in…gotta keep Cherrelle happy!
Which method of moisturizing do you use? What products do you use?