Lazy Naturals- The One Step L.O.C. Method for Moisturized Natural Hair

**repost for your viewing pleasha!**

by HadassaH. of NappilyNigerianGirl

Hello ladies!

Guess what I've been doing?  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 moisturizing 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 moisturized and sealed for longer.  Moisturized hair is softer and less prone to breakage, splits and knots.  To put it simply, moisturized hair is healthy, happy hair.  Moisturized hair is also less likely to frizz and poof up.

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

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Clay Washing for Natural Hair Health and Growth

Clay, mud, and fine-grained earth are all words that describe our mineral-rich favorite detoxifying miracle for our bodies and hair. Whether you choose bentonite, rhassoul, or kaolin clay, they all offer benefits that to some far outweigh shampoos. If you want to ditch shampoos for their harsh sulfates and surfactants, but find co-washing inefficient, then a clay wash may be the perfect solution.

These clays are born of the earth, and as we love using what the earth has to offer, clays never disappoint. In recent years they are becoming popular but many cultures throughout our history have been using clays to heal and rid their bodies of toxins. According to Wellness Mama, there are animals that will even eat dirt and clay to remove poisons from their systems during illness and distress. They are natural, potent, and mineral-rich to clean, detoxify, and condition our hair and skin. If you are new to them do not worry, as I am about to share some of the plentiful benefits for your hair, body, and even wallet!

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How to Create a Natural Hair Care Regimen

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

1. Start a Hair Diary or Journal
Writing a Diary may sound a little “High School” to some but it can really be helpful in your journey. Documenting and maintaining the products you’ve used and the results they delivered will help you keep track of what your hair likes. You can set goals and log results, good and bad. Does your hair like oil based or water based products best? Do certain oils do nothing for your hair? This will aid in your quest for the perfect product combinations.

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The Rake and Shake Technique for Curl Definition

When it comes to getting great curl definition that lasts, there are two important factors to consider: your product selection and application technique.

Even though I'm a product junkie with no rehab stint in sight, even I can admit that technique is more important. You can have the best curl defining products at your fingertips, but if you're not utilizing and applying them properly, you'll blame the product for the outcome of your style.

There are several methods for applying curl definers to hair, raking, smoothing, praying hands, and more. But there is one method that has been delivering the best results -- defined curls from root to tip that are plump, juicy, de-frizzed, and far from stringy ramen noodle style.

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Oil Rinsing for Beginners

Oil rinsing is a technique used to lock moisture in ones hair while in the process of washing and conditioning. It is very similar to the LOC method, except it is only done in the shower. It is usually done with one of three oils—olive, coconut or avocado—because they penetrate the hair shaft.

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4C Natural Hair- A Nighttime Regimen

NaturalMe4c has an easy nighttime routine that doesn't involve re-twisting and it gets her to Day 3 hair!  Watch and learn!

Your Hair Isn't Failing You, It Might Be This...

Routines that make our lives easier often come at a price and yes, that even applies to our tresses. Once I mastered the wash and go with my TWA I was elated at my conquest. It was a breeze on washdays because I could wash my hair with ease. There were no tangles, no sectioning, and no long washdays. It was glorious!

As my hair thrived, so did my tangles. My washdays grew longer and my frustrations began to mount. Common sense is not as common as one would think, so it was much too long before I made the connection that longer hair meant more tangles. It was even longer before I came to the realization that I needed to change my routine. I lost too many hairs to an insane struggle that was more internal (in my mind) than in my hair. My hair was not the problem, I was the problem.

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Troubleshooting the L.O.C. Method for Your Natural Hair

  by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

Liquid. Oil. Cream. A Natural’s recipe for long-lasting, moisturized hair.  Or is it? Ultimately the only cure for dry, parched, afro-textured hair is water.  But, water eventually dries or evaporates. That’s where sealing comes in.  The L.O.C. method is a process of sealing the hair that can be quite effective.  But what if you’ve tried it and it didn't work?  What if you’ve meticulously followed the steps, but find that your hair is still as dry as it was before you attempted to seal in the moisture? Keep reading.

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Tips for Washing Natural Hair

by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

We all have to regularly cleanse and condition our hair. We know we need to do it, but sometimes you just don’t feel like it!  I personally don’t mind a few hours of doing my hair... I look at it as 'me time'.  Yet, there really are times (although rare) that I want wash day to be quick, but still effective.  So, here are 3 tips that I have found to help get the job done efficiently--

I. Pre-Poo the night before
Pre-pooing is basically, applying a natural oil, conditioner or both, to your hair prior to washing it, to get it ready for the manipulation that is to follow. When you pre-poo the evening before you wash, it allows that pre-poo concoction (whatever it is) to really soak into your strands, making the wash process much easier. I have literally applied my pre-poo to tangled hair, gone to bed and when I got up the next morning to wash my hair, the tangles melted away under the shower stream. I’m currently using coconut oil mixed with Aubrey Organics GPB or another conditioner.

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Growing Fine Natural Hair- 5 Tips for Maintaining Length Part II

 by Michelle of

Let's talk about the care of your fine tresses. You can read part 1 here. Picking up with the tips…
Wash Hair in 6 Sections
For my hair at the length it’s at now, I’m finding 4 sections is not enough. The crown tends to be a bit more stubborn and requires much more gentle handling. You may find that your crown is the same. I’ve read a lot of ladies complain about their crown area (including Nikki!).

On wash day and while applying my pre-poo (another good thing to protect your strands), I section my hair in 6. This way I have the front, middle and back sectioned off. I can attend to washing and conditioning each section more easily and finger detangling (yet another great thing for fine hair) is easier as well. I noticed that I was able to wash my hair much faster in 6 sections vs. 2 or 4. Faster = easier = less manipulation.

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The Importance of a Simple Natural Hair Care Regimen

 By Danielle Faust of and

Simplicity is becoming somewhat of a buzzword in the personal development world. It’s important to many people to pare their hectic lives down to the key pieces that matter most. As it relates to hair care, the value of simplicity in your regimen is immense. Having a simple hair care routine does the following:
  • Avoids Overwhelm
  • Avoids Burnout
  • Allows You to See What Works (or doesn’t)
  • Creates Space in Your Life
  • Avoids Overwhelm & Procrastination

The Basics of Natural Care- All You Really Need.

The Compound Effect in Healthy Hair Care Avoiding the Fluff and Sticking to Key Healthy Hair Principles

by Audrey Sivasothy 

Most writers will tell you that they are also avid readers. I am no exception to the rule. Interestingly, one book that has informed my understanding of hair care is not really a hair care book at all. It’s a little book called, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. In the book, Hardy states that, “Success is not doing 5,000 things really well. Success is doing a half dozen things really well— 5,000 times.” And it’s true. When I heard this, it immediately made me think of the very well intentioned but over the top, bank-breaking hair care regimens and routines I’ve seen over the years. We are doing too much, and we get to this point because we really don’t know or want to accept the basics of healthy hair care. Let’s face it— the basics are boring. Cleanse, condition, moisturize and keep my hands out of my hair can’t be all, right?

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Night Time Routine for Natural Hair- Short to Medium Length

Whether the texture, type, or temperament, having a nighttime routine for your tresses is essential and can make or break your hair, style, or regimen if not implemented. Sorry, you must prepare your hair and even if you are dead set against nightly routines, even the simplest of things can make for healthier hair and a healthier hair relationship. We also need to be reminded that the length of your hair does not determine if you need a nighttime routine but rather what type of nighttime routine you need to incorporate. Taking out the necessary time to ensure your style will be preserved or to keep your hair from being dry is what you do the night before and even though many (or most) naturals are aware of this sometimes we need to be reminded.

That’s right my shorter-haired naturals. Just flopping down on the satin pillowcase is usually not enough to preserve a style or to keep your hydration up.

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Fostering Healthy Growth in Type 4 Natural Hair

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

For new and experienced curlies it can often be difficult to develop a hair care regimen that is beneficial the needs of your hair. There are so many resources available to gather information from and making sense of everything can be a huge task. Women with type 4 hair can often find it challenging to manage and care for their hair effectively, as well as finding the best ways to bring out their kinks, curls and coils. I have type 4 hair and, while no two hair types are exactly the same, there are enough similarities among women with type 4 hair that general hair care and styling guidelines can be discussed. If you don’t know what type 4 hair is it’s considered to be hair that is kinky or coily in curl pattern. The strands are typically very closely packed together and this hair type has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types. In terms of strand thickness the hair can be fine, medium or thick. The curl pattern can range from an “s” pattern, “z” pattern and everything in between! Due to the thickness of the strands and the way they are packed together, the hair of some type 4 curlies appear as though there is no defined curl pattern.

Techniques for Long-Lasting Moisture

One of my only natural hair grievances is having lack of moisture. I feel like I am on a never-ending quest to finding the right combination to keeping my wash and go’s moisturized for more than one day. Here are techniques that help my hair retain long-lasting moisture:

Tips for Short, Natural Hair

Paville (YouTube: Paville Aldridge, Instagram: Pavilleis) shares tips on caring for type 4 TWA natural hair.

1. Why so complicated?
Cutting your transitioning hair or doing a big chop is exciting, but don't overdo it on the regimens, treatments, and methods. In the long run, you may cause more harm than good.

2. Learn your hair
Whenever your hair is short, you get to figure out easier what products are working for you.

The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair

by Curly Penny

The maximum hydration method was introduced by Pinke Cube, an active member of Black Hair Media, and blogger MsDeeKay has been a strong advocate of the method. It is a regimen that is mostly directed to naturals with low porosity, 4C hair to achieve intense maximum moisture. This regimen must be done every day for one week because the goal is to open up the hair cuticles so they can absorb a ton of moisture. After one week the regimen can be done every three days, but no longer stretches than that. Even if your 4C hair isn’t low porosity, give it a try! Other textures can use this method but with few adjustments. These steps must be done consecutively.

3 Tips to Help You Get Through Wash Day

by ToiaB of

For some, the mere thought of wash day is met with eye rolls and pouts aplenty! Well, I wanted to offer just a few tips that may change your view. This isn’t necessarily a list of harsh rules or talk of products to use but just some practical suggestions to help you make the most of your wash day and get through it without grumbling.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Now, I know they call it “wash DAY” but it doesn’t always have to take that long. At the same time, you don’t wanna rush through it either. You ever speed through a task just to get it done already? More often than not, you wind up skipping steps or not doing a thorough enough job. In my experience, it doesn’t pay to try to properly wash AND style my hair when I’m pressed for time so I’ve found it better to do so when I’m completely free or close to it. This means less stress for me and there’s also a practical benefit…

The Ultimate Regimen: 6 Steps to Rehabilitate Your Hair

by Nicole Harmon of Hair Liberty

You don't need to spend hundreds on products or keep your strands hidden in protective styles to achieve healthy hair. Rehabilitate your hair by following these hair care steps.

Lazy Naturals- Keep It Simple, Boo.

by Toia B of

In this week’s edition, I thought I’d pick up from where we left off last week. Shall we?

This natural hair stuff doesn’t have to be as difficult or as confusing as some might make it out to be. One way to keep from pulling out your hair in frustration is to keep a simple and consistent regimen, starting with a handful of products. In my experience, there are just a few basic things you really need to get you started on a decent regimen.

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