HERE IS YOUR GUIDE TO HANDLING THIRSTY, BRITTLE, SEEMINGLY HIGH MAINTENANCE 4C HAIR.
4C hair can be very hard to take care of, especially if you don’t have the right hair regime. This post will be covering an aspect of natural hair that is very important and I believe forms the basis of your natural hair care journey. Our kind of hair is naturally very dry and the environments and climates we find ourselves in making our hair situation worse. This is why it is so important to make sure that your hair stays hydrated and moisturised to avoid unwanted hair concerns like split ends and uncontrollable fallout. The solution to keeping our 4C hair moist lies in the LOC Method which we will be unfolding here.
WHAT IS THE LOC METHOD?
This is a moisture retention technique that has worked for many naturalists, myself included. This technique involves a Liquid/Leave-in conditioner, Oil and Cream. There are some people, though, who use the LCO Method but that’s a story for another day. I would rather go into why the LOC method is the one I prefer:
I use water as a liquid because I have low porosity hair and the fewer products on my hair the better as this lowers my chances of product build-up. Products take a while to be absorbed into my cuticles because of how lowly porous my hair is and for this reason, I use warm water to open up my cuticles and help the oil and the cream become absorbed and retained in my hair.
Some people use Leave-in conditioner and I’d advise that if you have High porosity hair you use a leave-in conditioner as opposed to water because your hair is usually thirsty and products absorb into your hair quickly so leave-in conditioner will leave room for the other products.
Regardless of what hair porosity you’ve got, the liquid needs to go first. It literally works like a face toner which goes on before any creams and serums.
We all know that water evaporates and even if you use a leave-in conditioner, most of them are water-based and we need the water to stay in our hair and that’s where the oil comes in. Growing up we’ve been told that water and oil don’t mix and it’s for that reason that you need to apply oil. The oil locks in the water and traps it from being evaporated regardless of your hair porosity. This means, however, that you need to use oils that are suitable for your hair’s porosity.
Different porosities need oils with different consistencies, for example, people like me with low porosity hair need to use oils that are light inconsistency, such as argan oil or avocado oil or any oil that has either of these oils. High porosity hair requires thicker oils so that the oil does not absorb too quickly into the hair and these include castor oil and olive oil. Although these oils are porosity specific, there are some good oils that penetrate cuticles and hair shafts quite well, such as, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil. I use the MY NATURALS strengthening oil as a sealant and it contains all these essential oils. The oil is medium consistency which means that people with high porosity and normal porosity hair can use it.
Now that the water is trapped, you need to seal everything and that’s how the cream works. Oil and water as I’ve mentioned don’t go well together so we don’t know what havoc they’ll create if we leave them like that. You need a cream to moisturise your hair and to seal in all the moisture. Just like oils, finding a cream or butter that suits your kind of hair will be more effective than using one that your favourite influencer is using. I know that most people use plaiting puddings and braiding creams to seal and that isn’t a bad idea especially if you twist or braid your hair after moisturising.
When you use the LOC method to moisturise your hair, you need to make sure that the right parts of your hair are being moisturised. When you apply the products, you need to apply them from the ends and working your way down to the roots, this is a very important technique because your ends are the oldest part of your hair and if you neglect them you’ll have split ends that might end up breaking your entire hair.
Remember: ends to roots is the best way to moisturise hair. You also need to moisturise your hair as often as your hair needs the moisture, even if it means doing it 3 times a day! A good moisturising routine can lead to some astonishing results, such as a more defined curl pattern and the condition of your hair grows. Happy New Year and a prosperous locing journey!