By Hadassah Agbaps - September 07, 2013

Hi people, what's been on? How has your week been going?
Mine has been going are the days rushing to? A concert, a designer sale... I want in!

So guess what I've been doing?
I've been trying to solve the problem of dry natural hair especially for new naturals.

I get a lot of questions about the L.O.C. method of moisturising natural hair.
For those who don't know, L.O.C means Liquid, Oil and Cream.
This shows the order of application of products to keep hair moisturised for longer.
Moisturised hair equals softer hair, hair less prone to breakage, hair less prone to splits/knots and to put it simply, happy hair.

So with the L.O.C. method, you first apply a liquid such as water, then seal in with any oil favored by your hair and then apply your hair cream/butter/pudding/styler.

For many naturals, this method helps retain moisture in the hair for up to two days after application.
It's really effective and you can tweak it by putting the hair cream after the water and sealing all with oil.

The downside to this method is that it's like so many steps and when you're in a hurry, you won't have the patience to spritz with water, seal with oil and layer the hair cream on top of study: ME!

My mum actually got me working on this problem.
She got a bit confused when I tried to teach her how to L.O.C. her natural teeny weeny afro.
She has a lot of greys and her hair gets so dry.
So most times, she's a bit heavy handed with either the oil or the cream and other times, she's so busy that she doesn't really have time for the three step moisturising process.

Another thing is that it is quite difficult to find effective one step moisturisers in Nigerian stores that will be effective on natural hair in the Nigerian climate. Most are either too oily, too running, too drying or too useless!
NaturalNigerian has tried to solve this problem by producing a leave in conditioner with hair friendly ingredients.
I haven't tried it yet so honestly can't say much....except that it's designed by a Nigerian with Nigerian natural hair living in she understands!

Well, my hair can't wait for me to get it, can it?!
So in the meantime, I have to find a one step moisturiser without having to go shopping....which means using products I already have.
I got to the drawing board and tinkered with some of the hair products available and found a formula that combines the L.O.C. three step method in one easy step.....just apply to dry hair and ends. Period.

Here goes.

You need,
*Clean Water (I use bottled water),
*Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream and
*Oil. I use a mix of coconut, olive and castor oil. You don't really need a mix. One type of oil is sufficient.

In about 100 ml of clean water in a bottle, I added 2 tbs of Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair cream and 1 tsp of oil and mixed thoroughly.
It will form a lotion which you can dilute with more water until it's a consistency you like.

That's it!
Simply apply to hair, style and go.
*Note: For hygienic reasons, please use up the mix in three days or less.

So,you may ask,
'.......but Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream is.....a leave in conditioner! Why do you have to go through the extra steps of mixing?"
Well, for my natural hair type, Cantu Leave in Conditioner justs sits on my hair in one white mess and unlike my porous hair, takes a longer time to be absorbed.
Same with my mum's, my sister's, friends and some I'm thinking it's a Nigerian hair!
Not all 'oyibo' products work well in our weather or our hair.....I think...
I've tried applying the product on damp hair and sealing with oil but I have to work it in for longer to be absorbed.

I haven't ditched the Cantu Leave In because when it does get absorbed, my fine natural hair feels soooooooooo soft like candy floss without being weighed down and a simple spritz of water revives the hair.
No extra products needed.
I try as much as possible to prevent product build up to avoid scalp and hair issues. Less product buildup also means I don't have to wash my hair with clarifying shampoo very often.
This prevents drying out of my hair.
It also means that simply washing my hair with African black soap or cowashing with a clarifying conditioner is all I need to keep my hair clean.

This DIY moisturiser has really helped me keep my hair moisturised for as long as if I did the L.O.C. and saved me time too.
I also used it for my twists and twistouts and they come out shiny, healthy and less likely to poof up in this current rainy season.
For my mum, there's less risk of being heavy handed and her grey TWA is so moisturised.
She loves it!
It also works really well for transitioners too.

Now as an advocate for Nigerian products, I tried this same mix using Emily Millionaire Coconut and Herbs hair conditioner but it just didn't work out so well. I still think I'm missing something.
I also tried it using our regular conditioners but so far only Cantu Shea Leave In Conditioner has given me good results.

So, that's my new secret for moisturised hair the L.O.C. way in one easy step!

Till I spill again,
Live Beautifully. Naturally.

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  1. The leave-in does the same thing on my hair! But when it's absorbed, it/s just lovely!
    So I don't bother about it. I slather my hair with it post-wash, and twist and stay indoors. By next day, a water spritz is all I need to go.

  2. True talk about it's awesomeness when absorbed. I'm still laughing at the thought of Cantu putting you on house arrest till it sinks in!

    1. hahhaa....your funny....can I use the cantu mix only on dry hair ? I wanna try this...I love cantu but the the white flakes messing up my style...

    2. Lol I hear you! Yes you can use the Cantu mix on dry hair and on damp hair if you want. You can adjust the quantity of water and Cantu until you have a lotion that absorbs easily and moisturises your hair. The white flakes may also be because it's not mixing well with other styling products you use....

  3. Haha, that Cantu is the same for me - I only like it as a mix in my summer spritz leave-in bottle!

  4. Just catching up on all this information. Will definitely try the LOC mix with the cantu!!!

  5. All great tips.. i tried it out right away and i fell in love... but what happens when the mixture stays in the bottle for more than 3 days?

  6. Hi Bettina,thank you. It may go bad depending on how clean the water, containers etc are.


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