How to moisturize Afro-textured hair properly

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It's no secret that Afro-textured hair is naturally dry. Getting moisture into our hair and keeping it there can be a very challenging task, but not impossible if done correctly. If you’ve been on a healthy hair journey for sometime, then you probably know about The L.C.O. Method of moisturising. Kavuli Nyala of Goodhairdiaries gives us solutions on how you can keep moisturised. What is the L.C.O. Method? L = Liquid C = Creme O = Oil The L.C.O Method is a layering moisturizing method that has proven to be affective on Afro-textured hair. You start by applying a liquid moisturizer, followed by a cream water based moisturizer and sealing everything in with a natural oil of your choice. It's amazing! What liquid should I use? Water is the purest form of moisture for our hair. Some people think that our hair doesn't like water because of its tendency to shrink in the presence of such excellence, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Water is gold! Start by dampening your hair with water to start the moisturizing process. If you prefer, you may even use a quality braid spray instead as long as the first ingredient is water. What crème should I use? Again, water based is the way to go. Look at the ingredients of your favorite hair moisturizer and make sure that the first ingredient is water. Avoid ingredients such as mineral oil in this case, as it may block moisture instead. What oil(s) are best to seal the moisture into my hair? As long as the oil is all natural and not man made like mineral oil, you are already on the right track. If you have fine hair or hair that is easily weighed down by oil, go with coconut or jojoba oil. If you you have rich or thick hair that can handle a bit of oil, try extra virgin olive oil or even castor oil. Both oils are packed with minerals that will benefit your hair. How often should I repeat the L.C.O. Method? When this process is done properly, you should only need to repeat it every 3 days. Your current climate will play a major part in this as well. Also, to help retain your newfound moisture, be sure to sleep with a silk or satin doek or pillowcase. Cotton will suck the moisture right out of your hair and cause major breakage.

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