7.15.2016

The Beginner's Guide To Natural Hair : Keeping Your Hair Moisturized



I've been a natural (I haven't chemically altered my  hair) for a while now (two years on Monday!) and in so many ways I still consider myself a beginner.I still don't get the whole hair porosity thing for example.  But this year I vowed to take better care of my hair and I've learned a lot so I'm going to be sharing my tips and tricks in this new series on the blog. I'll try to keep my posts as short as possible so they don't get boring.


Some people want to go natural but are afraid to do so because they think their hair will be tough and unmanageable. The solution to this is simply keeping your hair moisturized. Pouring water on it when you take a bath isn't enough, I wish someone told me this when I did my big chop. The water is going to dry and your hair is going to turn into a dry poof. Well unless you're naturally blessed with soft hair, lucky you.

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There are loads of ways to moisturize but this is currently what I do to my hair and I've noticed that my hair has become very manageable . It is called the LOC method. 


  • L for Liquid or Leave-In.  Some people just spray their hair with water for this step. I spray my hair then I add a water based  leave-in conditioner.
  • O for Oil. This helps to seal in the moisture from the water or leave-in. In the daytime I use olive oil and at night I use a mixture of coconut oil, Shea butter  and Jamaican black castor oil. There's no specific reason why I use a mixture , I was just bored so I mixed my oils together. And I use the mixture at night because the smell of natural coconut oil is offensive to some and I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable at school. You don't have to be extra like me, coconut oil alone does the job, or any other oil you fancy.
  • C for Cream. You should follow with a butter based cream. A popular one is Shea butter. But since I already use that as part of my oil mixture, I simply use a moisturizing lotion. Some people use curl defining cremes as well. Depends on you really.

From Left to Right: ORS Olive Oil Nourishing Sheen Spray, Cantu Daily Moisturizer, ORS Curls Unleashed
Leave-In Conditioner
After this, you simply style your hair as usual. At night I twist my hair and tie a silk scarf. You can wear a silk bonnet as well. If your pillowcase is cotton, it will soak all the moisture from your hair while you sleep and this is why you're advised to cover your hair with silk or use a silk pillowcase.


Not the best picture but this is how I twist my hair at night. It also helps to stretch
out my hair and keep it from getting tangled. More on that later.
You don't have to use the products that I use, find what works for you . You can get most of these things at your local beauty store or pharmacy. And in case you were wondering, I don't do this everyday because I don't want my hair to get too much product buildup before wash day. I do this three times a week. On the days that I don't, I simply spray my hair with water and add some olive oil on top to seal it in.


If you didn't know how to moisturize natural hair, I hope you found this helpful. If you already knew all of this, thanks for stopping by still. And new tips for moisturizing your hair whether it's natural or not are welcome in the comments section. In my next post in this series, we'll be talking about wash day and all that good stuff. Until then! xx

Note: There are many other ways to moisturise your hair. There's the LCO, LOCO, max hydration and so on. You can research them and choose the one that works best for you. 
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10 comments

  1. Great tip! very useful too.


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  2. Moisturising is key especially in this hot weather.
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  3. You can also try LOCO, LCO. Whatever works for you, really.

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  4. Last year I was determined to try the max hydration method and spent a lot but in the end it just wasn't convenient. I think I do the LCO right now but I will try the LOC and see if it's better for me. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Ooh I really want to try the max hydration method. You're welcome! xx

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  5. Thanks I am just going natural and I hope this helps 😀

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    1. You're very welcome, glad to help! xx

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