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A few years back when I first cre­at­ed my YouTube chan­nel chron­i­cling my nat­u­ral hair expe­ri­ence I said some things that many peo­ple res­onat­ed with except for one. I stat­ed that water isn’t a lone source of mois­ture and there­fore isn’t mois­tur­iz­ing. I received a fair amount of flack for that state­ment, but since my hair was long, peo­ple trust­ed my word and the con­tro­ver­sy blew over. Fast for­ward a few years and I am now enrolled in cos­me­tol­ogy school and have read as much lit­er­a­ture on nat­u­ral hair as I can get my hands on, and I have the words to explain what exact­ly I meant.

My belief now is that water will reflect the true char­ac­ter­is­tics of your hair, whether it be soft, rough, prone to tan­gling or dam­aged. I also believe that water is a par­tial mois­tur­iz­er, as it needs addi­tion­al prod­ucts to be effec­tive.

Under­stand­ing this, here are two sim­ple fix­es to help you boost your hair’s mois­ture lev­el.

1. Use Dis­tilled Water
As you con­tin­ue on the quest to famil­iar­ize your­self with pro­duct ingre­di­ents in order to achieve your best hair, have you noticed that the water most used in hair prod­ucts (espe­cial­ly more recent­ly) is dis­tilled or de-ion­ized water vs. ‘reg­u­lar’ water? This is because our water sup­ply typ­i­cal­ly comes from the ground and munic­i­pal water can con­tain vary­ing amounts of mag­ne­sium, cal­ci­um, flu­o­rine and chlo­rine, depend­ing where you’re locat­ed in the world. Water that con­tains the­se dis­solved min­er­als is clas­si­fied as ‘hard water’. Hard water can cause buildup in pipes, around the bath­room tub and also on your strands. And, if you fre­quent­ly mist or wet your hair with tap water, this buildup comes long before a once month­ly clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo treat­ment.

If you are like me and have thin strands that are pli­able (mold very eas­i­ly and frag­ile), you are more vul­ner­a­ble to the effects of hard water. A very sim­ple and cost effec­tive solu­tion is to pur­chase dis­tilled water and only use that on your hair. A show­er head fil­ter (which will cost any­where from $30 to $90) is also a great fix.

2. The LOC Method
Good mois­tur­iz­ing tech­nique is also impor­tant. If you clar­i­fy once per mon­th, skip the con­di­tion­er after sham­poo­ing and con­tin­ue with the L.O.C method. Con­di­tion­er will coat the strand for an appear­ance of health­ier hair, but if your strands are desert dry, then it’s a good idea to fore­go that and get the mois­ture as close to your strands as pos­si­ble. L.O.C is the acronym for Liq­uid, Oil, Cream. After you wash your hair place the oil of your choice onto it, then a cream, which acts as a heav­ier sub­stance that keeps the oil in place. If you don’t have a cream, try using a leave in con­di­tion­er as part of the LOC method, instead of apply­ing it direct­ly imme­di­ate­ly after a wash. You’d be sur­prised at how a sim­ple switch­ing of the appli­ca­tion order can soft­en up your curls and make your hair fun and easy to style with­out wor­ry­ing about break­age!

Ladies, have you tried either of the­se tips? How do you boost the mois­ture lev­el in your hair?

For more of Domineque check her out on Insta­gram @lhdc2011 and YouTube, Long­hair­dont­care2011.

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[…] it is in fact, shaped more like the scales on a fish. The­se scales are the cuti­cle of the hair. Hair loves mois­ture and will open its arms, or should we say cuti­cles wide for it. Humid­i­ty is lit­er­al­ly mois­ture in […]

I am a cos­me­tol­o­gist and I have found that If you have low poros­i­ty hair, it helps to let it air dry after sham­poo­ing then apply any mois­tur­iz­ing pro­duct. Water already in the hair decreas­es absorp­tion of oth­er mois­tur­iz­ers (that’s why it is good to wet your hair before swim­ming in chlo­rine or salt water). The oils one should use for after sham­poo mois­tur­iz­ing should be polar oils such as coconut or jojoba. Also glyc­er­ine in the form of “jheri” curl mois­tur­iz­er is anoth­er great after sham­poo mois­tur­iz­er. I prefer Wave Nuveau Mois­tur­iz­ing Fin­ish­ing Lotion because glyc­er­ine alone can be… Read more »
D. Broussard
I love the LOC method! Before I start­ed using it I found that I put way too my h pro­duct on my hair and fre­quent­ly found it nec­es­sary to cow­ash. After using the LOC method for months, I can say that it is tru­ly “hair-chang­ing.” My liq­uid of choice is of course water, I use what­ev­er oil I’m lik­ing at the moment it’s cur­rent­ly Shea mois­ture elixir, and either palmers coconut oil for­mu­la hair milk or the hair pud­ding as my cream. Don’t judge me for my use of prod­ucts with “cones.” I’ve found that my curly, afro tex­ture hair… Read more »

I have always been nat­u­ral but nev­er under­stood how to care for my hair prop­er­ly. I was teased alot in ele­men­tary school about my short thick hair so one day I grabbed an iron used to saud­er or sol­der met­al and raked it over my hair: instant relaxed look. I loved it then but my hair has nev­er been the same. That’s over 15yrs. It is lighter now but I find i have some? split ends. My ques­tion: do I need to do a big chop?


The LOC method doesn’t work for me, and actu­al­ly, IMO of course, it is not even sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly sound. It would appear that the O (Ood­il) block out the C — Conditioner/Creme because the con­di­tion­er would not be able to pen­e­trate through the oil. My method of LCO (Liq­uid (Water), Con­di­tion­er, and Oil (Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil) works best for me. Some­times I even just do L-O (Liq­uid and Oil)

Everybody’s hair is dif­fer­ent, do what works


That’s actu­al­ly not true. JC from The Nat­u­ral Haven did a post com­par­ing the LOC/LCO meth­ods to fig­ure out if one method worked bet­ter than the oth­er. What she found was that so long as water/liquid is the first step, the last two lay­ers will sim­ply mix togeth­er over top of the water. The only way an oil could com­plete­ly stop some­thing from enter­ing the hair shaft is if it was 100% occlu­sive and no such oil exists. Even petro­le­um type prod­ucts are only 98–99% occlu­sive so even then, some mois­ture uptake and loss is pos­si­ble.


I did the LOC method last night, my hair is super soft and shiny. I washed my hair using Shea Mois­ture Sham­poo, then wrung it out, added my cas­tor oil and Vatika Coconut Oil mix to my hair then fol­lowed up with shea mois­ture curl smooth­ie, did about ten flat twists. Beau­ti­ful hair in the am! Love it.

Lillian Mae

Because I have high poros­i­ty hair, the LOC Method works won­ders for me! Here’s a great video on how to do it!


I like the thought process behind why water by itself is not com­plete­ly mois­tur­iz­ing. Great arti­cle! Thank you for shar­ing!

I have always used fil­tered water (chlo­rine free) on my hair but my expe­ri­ence with using water most­ly and avoid­ing prod­ucts was that my hair got real­ly dam­aged. What I think is that while water is what hydrates your hair, water can­not nour­ish or strength­en your hair. As a mat­ter of fact, incor­rect usage of water can weak­en your hair and make it frizzy. With all of the prod­ucts and nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents you use, know­ing when and how to use them is impor­tant. Also, not every nat­u­ral ingre­di­ent is for every­body. Incor­rect usage can do much more harm than good. I… Read more »
Thanks for shar­ing. All of this talk about chlo­rine-free water makes me real­ly want to get a fil­ter for my hair and skin. That said, thanks also for adding the tip that water by itself is not mois­tur­iz­ing enough. Seal­ing (with oils, for instance) is an inte­gral part of the mois­tur­iz­ing process that sim­ply can­not be skipped if you have dri­er hair and wish to have long-last­ing mois­ture. Even adding a bit of oil, leave-in con­di­tion­er, aloe vera juice/gel, or nat­u­ral gel is bet­ter than noth­ing. The­se types of prod­ucts help the curls to clump togeth­er and reduce knots and tan­gling,… Read more »
Krystal K.

Yes! The LOC has worked WONDERS for my hair. It even helps me main­tain my style, so I only retwist once a week, on wash day! I even filmed a YT vid—> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHY-Ay9uEZI


omg Dom­in! do you know how long I’d seen the acronym and fig­ured it had some­thing to do with locs, so I’d just sor­ta skip over it?? [Locs are cool on some, but I don’t think I’d be patient enough for that…] anwyay, ::sigh:: talk about a ding moment! lol I think I already do some­thing like this, but with leave-in… and I do the oil last tho, but tomor­row I’ll try oil first– olive. I just got some of the good stuff from south­ern france too!


I want to buy a show­er fil­ter in the future ’cause I think it’s ben­e­fit the health of my hair and skin.

I mois­tur­ize with leave-in con­di­tion­er topped off with a mois­tur­iz­ing cream. I only oil my ends ’cause oth­er­wise my hair would get greasy.

Anoth­er tech­nique I use to boost mois­ture is week­ly pre-sham­poo deep con­di­tion­ing with con­di­tion­er and oil (coconut oil or cas­tor oil). I find that this sets up the “base” for my hair mois­ture lev­el through­out the week as well as makes my styles come out bet­ter.


I’ve heard peo­ple refer to the LOC method as Leave-In -> Oil -> Cream. I’ve tried LOC with Leave-In and have had won­der­ful results.


Total­ly, I noticed that FL water is so much worse than NY water on my skin, hair and inter­nal body (I don’t even drink it; I fill up gal­lon jugs). The dif­fer­ence is very evi­dent in my strands and though I haven’t used a fil­ter yet, I believe in the method. Water, cream, oil, that’s how I keep the mois­ture in.


Truth! NY and tri-state water is gen­er­al­ly soft and neu­tral pH 7, we are extreme­ly lucky to have some of the gen­tlest and most hair and skin and nutri­tion friend­ly water on the plan­et. It makes hav­ing dis­tilled, spring, well, rain or heat-‘softened’ water unnec­es­sary IMO as it has nev­er been on the radar of any nat­u­ral or hair lover I know here.  HOWEVER, when I trav­el to Europe or the UK or oth­er parts of the U.S., I see the dif­fer­ence in my hair and skin imme­di­ate­ly and it’s not good! And when my friends arrive from oth­er states and… Read more »
Truth! NY and tri-state water is gen­er­al­ly soft and neu­tral pH 7, we are extreme­ly lucky to have some of the gen­tlest and most hair and skin and nutri­tion friend­ly water on the plan­et. It makes hav­ing dis­tilled, spring, well, rain or heat-‘sofetened’ water unnec­es­sary IMO as it has nev­er been on the radar of any nat­u­ral or hair lover I know here.  HOWEVER, when I trav­el to Europe or the UK or oth­er parts of the U.S., I see the dif­fer­ence in my hair and skin imme­di­ate­ly and it’s not good! And when my friends arrive from oth­er states and… Read more »
Loving my Natural Hair
Loving my Natural Hair


Loving my Natural Hair
Loving my Natural Hair
So this has noth­ing to do with the post but just want­ed some feed­back.. So I’ve been 100% nat­u­ral for 5 years but I wore weave or pressed my hair. Jan­u­ary 1st I start­ed embrac­ing my nat­u­ral hair tex­ture.. Which I adore, every­thing seemed to be going well and it was flour­ish­ing and grow­ing… I bun a lot because I am an avid run­ner (rea­son I was trapped in weaves so long).. Any­hoo yes­ter­day I notice that one small sec­tion prob­a­bly about 1/4 of inch wide broke off and is like 2 inch­es long (where I out the pony­tail hold­er… Read more »

Nur­ture that 2-inch sec­tion. What would cut­ting it do, when it’s already so short, any­way? And I cer­tain­ly wouldn’t chop off a 9–11 inch sec­tion of hair to match a 2-inch, dam­aged sec­tion of hair.

What I would rec­om­mend, instead of chop­ping the hair, would be to recon­fig­ure your reg­i­men so that you are no longer dam­ag­ing that 2-inch chunk. Eval­u­ate your tech­nique and han­dling strate­gies.

Unless you get to the root of the prob­lem and adjust your actions accord­ing­ly, all that you would be doing would be delay­ing the inevitable–more break­age, etc.

Loving my Natural Hair
Loving my Natural Hair

Thanks so much Ash­ley, I did trim the end off that sec­tion as soon as I saw it.. It’s where I out my elas­tic for my bin so I know to switch it up and not pull too tights.. Thanks for the feed­back my hus­band though I was crazy, he’s like I can’t even see what you are talk­ing about and you talk­ing about cut­ting all your hair off.. Thanks real­ly appre­ci­ate this forum.. Oh and I real­ized I have been for­get­ting my month­ly pro­tein treat­ment for a while

Loving my Natural Hair
Loving my Natural Hair

Ugh I type too fast
* thought

my pretty

Also, if you’re wear­ing a bun b/c it’s hard to keep a style with all the run­ning, try the Nike dry fit scarf. I run as well and at first my hair was suf­fer­ing b/c I couldn’t fig­ure out what to do with it. The dry fit absorbs most of the per­spi­ra­tion from your hair. Once you remove the scarf, I would sug­gest not touch­ing it until you hair com­plete­ly dries. I’ve main­tained a wash and go for 6 days through 4 runs with the scarf.


Cut it if it’s dam­aged. Take it from some­one who’s been there, those splitting/breaking strands will only move up the strands.


I agree with cut­ting it, I tried to hold on to my dam­aged ends, and it wasn’t good, it just kept split­ting and I saw in on my sink, on the floor, and in my comb every­day :)


@ Andi..ever tried using a steam­er??? this would help to open the pores on your hair strands. Learned that from YouTu­ber Hair­crush… video is called HAIR POROSITY 101!


Great advice indie, steam­ers are the TRUTH! My hair has always been dry and frag­ile, but after using the steam­er for the first time a few days ago, my hair feels bet­ter than it has in prob­a­bly years, seri­ous­ly!




Ah TINA SMITH! I was won­der­ing where you have been. I can see that your anger is as seething and potent as ever!! Score from our judges.…A big ole 10 out 10 on the ven­om meter. Keep it up girl­friend!

E. A.

Mad cause you’re bald?


Lmaoooooo! That’s the impres­sion I got too.


Who are you talk­ing to and how does this relate to the top­ic at hand? Do you work this hard at being a bi.… or does it come nat­u­ral­ly? I thought the mod­er­a­tors boot­ed your neg­a­tive a.…off this site a while ago if not, your 15 min­utes were up.


I for­got to men­tion that anoth­er rea­son why some peo­ple use the stretch­ing meth­ods I men­tioned in my first com­ment is because some wom­en have a desire for longer lengths and for some us the shrink­age prone, tight­ly curly/coiled, nat­u­ral­ly dry and or thin strands can get in the way of cer­tain length goals so the­se meth­ods can be used as one of the few ways to retain most of their poten­tial length. So as men­tioned before its all about prac­ti­cal­i­ty, the con­ve­nience and man­age­abil­i­ty in order to attain one’s goal.

I don’t under­stand your com­ment. Where did she say that she was anyone’s expert? Also, she obvi­ous­ly had to start from some­where, do you think she was born with this much hair? At some point she was where you are now! Appar­ent­ly what works for her has paid off. It’s fine that her tech­niques does not work for you, so there is no need to knock her methods…And what makes you think that those who stretch their hair whether its with heat, braid-outs, ban­tu knots, twist etc do not embrace their true tex­ture? Have you ever thought that may­be it… Read more »

Did I miss some­thing here?


Cap­sLock must be stuck…o.O


lmaooooo wtf?!!


Errrr angry much dude? Very few peo­ple have PhDs in nat­u­ral hair…most writ­ers encour­age you to decide what works for you


Who p*ssed in you oat­meal? good advice is good advice regard­less of whether some­one fol­lows the same hair prac­tices or not. What Dominique’s writ­ten isn’t con­tro­ver­sial — using non-tap water and the LOC method, which works for many nat­u­rals. This is bglh.com not tinasmithchooseswhoseopinionisvalid.com


That nat­u­ral nazi is back again i see — whether it be on threads like this one or even in the com­ment sec­tion in videos, she’s there most times mak­ing smarmy remarks about peo­ple and then every­thing is cap­i­tal­ized. prob­a­bly just came back from vaca­tion. Ever heard of “free will” if you haven’t you should learn the term. We all have the free­dom to do what we want with what’s ours.


Well nat­u­ral nazi sounds like she is NATURALLY CRAZY, lmbo!!!!!

Anon BK

Glad some remem­ber that Tina Smith is THE angry troll. Nev­er sat­is­fied with any­thing or any­one.




sounds a bit harsh dont you think? she actu­al­ly start­ed off with just above neck length hair and has been on a jour­ney for about 5 years mak­ing her hair waist length. i’d say we would all appre­ci­ate her knowl­edge because she has come so far. yes she tends to blowdry her hair but that is a per­son­al choice and she does­nt do it that often any­more.


The LOC method huh? Well, what if creams don’t absorb into your hair? Like mine?? Any­time I use a cream, it just ‘sits’ on my hair and I have pret­ty white-snow-flaked hair all day…oh and it stays wet too! Soooo, any oth­er sug­ges­tions? May­be my hair’s porous-ness is off??


I have the same issues with creams. Pure aloe juice or gel has worked won­ders on my hair. I use it after wash­ing and I made a lit­tle mix of aloe juice, sun­flow­er oil, pep­per­mint and laven­der essen­tial oil that I use through­out the week. I even added this mix­ture to my leave in and eco styler gel for a holding/ styling cream. I can put either one on dry hair and instant­ly my hair wakes up. It even de-tan­gles my knots if I have any. I don’t think I will ever use any­thing else


I have the same issues with creams. Pure aloe juice or gel has worked won­ders on my hair. I use it after wash­ing and I made a lit­tle mix of aloe juice, sun­flow­er oil, pep­per­mint and laven­der essen­tial oil that I use through­out the week. I even added this mix­ture to my leave in and eco styler gel for a holding/ styling cream. I can put either one on dry hair and instant­ly my hair wakes up. It even de-tan­gles my knots if I have any. I don’t think I will ever use any­thing eles

I have fine strands with medi­um den­si­ty hair and mine can get weighed down eas­i­ly by some creams. If a cream is too heavy and is leav­ing you with a greasy mess, try to for­go the cream and just seal with an oil your hair likes. Some­times after I’ve washed my hair, my only leave in on DAMP hair is a lit­tle jamaican black cas­tor oil. I apply it spar­ing­ly to my hair, because its thick, in sec­tions; then braid it and let airdry. my hair air dries so soft.  THere are no rules in hair care. May­be it’s just the… Read more »
Sounds like you have low poros­i­ty hair. Heavy creams and prod­ucts don’t absorb into your hair. Instead, the prod­ucts sit on top giv­ing a dull whitish residue on the hair or it leaves lit­tle white balls. Very annoy­ing, I have the same issue. What has worked for me is to put Long Aide Acti­va­tor on my hair fol­lowed up with a cream. I’ve had suc­cess with Can­tu Shea But­ter Coconut Curling Cream for nat­u­ral hair. Some­thing about the glyc­er­ine in the the Long Aide that helps with the absorb­tion of the the styling cream. You can try it, I can… Read more »

Great advice mlank64 and I also think that a steam­ing treat­ment would real­ly help for those with low poros­i­ty. I did one the oth­er day and wow, my hair has been hold­ing mois­ture like you wouldn’t believe. I can’t remem­ber when my hair stayed moist this long.


Absolute­ly, I do steam my hair as well and it helped me retain mois­ture much longer dur­ing the week. Some­times I feel like I have an abnor­mal­ly tight cuti­cle because it has tak­en me almost 2 years to find prod­ucts and a tech­nique that works for my low poros­i­ty hair.


You may be low poros­i­ty. Creams just sit on my strands too and take forever to absorb or nev­er absorb at all. I tend to only out creams on at night but in the morn­ing I usu­al­ly have to wet my hair to thin the cream out ( i only do wash and go’s so the white flakes would be high­ly vis­i­ble)

Ugonna Wosu

it sounds like you have low poros­i­ty hair. Check into it. You can’t use heavy creams or but­ters.


Thank you, I will look into it! :)


Or may­be try the LCO method instead, that’s what I do. But you have to find a but­ter that is not so thick, may­be some­thing creamier, or may­be even a hair milk, and then apply a lit­tle oil. My hair is low poros­i­ty so I under­stand your plight :)

keeping it natural

My hair is the same way. I just learned about low poros­i­ty. I agree we both have low poros­i­ty hair. Take a strand of your hair out of your hair brush and put it in a cup of water if it floats you have low poros­i­ty hair.


LOC method is bet­ter for wom­en with high or even nor­mal poros­i­ty hair. You sound like you have low poros­i­ty to all of it would just sit on top of your hair. This is just from what I’ve read of arti­cles and dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ences with the method.




I dont think the creams are sup­posed to be “absorbed” its sup­posed to keep the mois­ture in. Which, from what ur say­ing, is true. I dont know about every­one, but nor­mal­ly when I use deep con­di­tion­ers along with glyc­er­in after I rin­se out the deep con­di­tion­er my hair stays moist and its also soft. You can try that I guess. Everyone’s hair is dif­fer­ent, so I cant real­ly say it’ll work for you.


I sup­pose the LOC method won’t work for all. I just know my hair feels ‘rough’ after cow­ash­ng. I love my banana hair mask, but feel like it’s not enough. Ah well, good arti­cle but may not work for me, :)I might add the glyc­er­in with my con­di­tion­er next time.


Try switch­ing to order to LCO, many prefer that method instead.


I do that too, works bet­ter for me. I feel like the oil helps the cream pen­e­trate into my hair much bet­ter, it helps loosen it up.


That’s what I do. On wet hair I apply a cream and then I apply an oil or but­ter.

Ugonna Wosu

water is a mois­tur­iz­er and there­fore is mois­tur­iz­ing, but it doesn’t make your hair SOFT the way that oil and emol­lients do. It is that soft feel­ing that wom­en are look­ing for, and think­ing that water is not mois­tur­iz­ing because of that. Do not mis­take the soft­ness for being mois­tur­ized, it is impor­tant to SEAL IN the mois­ture you have put in, but it is not a sign of mois­ture itself.