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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 […]

Andrea
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 »
Marsha

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?

yoco

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

Shaniqua

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.

Inas

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!

Alwina

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

Charlotte
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 »
Ashley
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

gigi

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!

mangomadness

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.

Timara

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.

D.K.

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.

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KiKi
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 »
KiKi
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

*put
*smooth

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 »
Ashley

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
*put
*bun
*tight
* 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.

hmm

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

stephanieb

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 :)

Indie

@ 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!

stephanieb

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!

TINA SMITH

JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE LONG HAIR DOESN’T MAKE YOU ANYONE’S EXPERT. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FACT THAT YOU ARE WRITING BLOGS FOR THIS PAGE. YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EMBRACE YOUR TEXTURE YOU’RE TOO BUSY BEING ADDICTED TO HEAT

Nikki

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?

Rachael

Lmaoooooo! That’s the impres­sion I got too.

mlank64

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.

sheobserves

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.

sheobserves
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 »
Courtney

Did I miss some­thing here?

Azree

Cap­sLock must be stuck…o.O

Xoxo

lmaooooo wtf?!!

Valerie

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

ivicoco

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

fluffy-in-flight

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.

stephanieb

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.

Valerie

Lol

SC

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.

Andi

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??

Iman

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

Iman

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

AGrlCanMAC
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 »
mlank64
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 »
stephanieb

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.

mlank64

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.

E.P.

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.

Andi

Thank you, I will look into it! :)

stephanieb

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.

Xoxo

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.

Andi

Thanks!

Kim

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.

Andi

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.

hmm

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

stephanieb

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.

Aly

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.

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