Part 2 touches on prepping hair for styling, as it is key to achieving the ‘salon quality’ look. Here is part 1 that covers how I wash my hair
Hair is constantly exchanging moisture with the environment, which is why it must be sealed into hair to prevent dryness. The most important thing to note about M&S is the order; you MUST moisturize BEFORE you seal, never the other way around.
1. Moisturize without sealing: Moisture is lost to the environment
2. Seal before moisturizing: No moisture in hair to seal in
3. Seal without moisturizing: Prevents moisture from entering hair
4. Moisturize then Seal: Moisture stays in hair => Moisturized hair with elasticity 🙂
Moisturizers include water, leave-in conditioners, moisturizing creams and lotions, and sealants include oils, butters and serums. Opt for natural oils over commercial oils as they have more nutrients.
I M&S my hair right after wash, using two different methods:
I do the regular moisturize and seal for the first 6 weeks after a relaxer. I use the Crème of Nature Strength & Shine leave-in Conditioner as my moisturizer. It has the same consistency as water and it smells amazing. I got it from Target, but it is also available at Wal-Mart. I use grapeseed oil to seal because it is quite thin and doesn’t weigh down my hair. I got it from S&H Health Foods. I have also seen the oil at several grocery stores (Walmart, Metro, etc.) in the olive oil section.
I pour the leave-in into a spray bottle to about half, and fill the rest with water. I dilute it, as my hair prefers water to most moisturizers; it also prevents product build up. I section my hair into 4 and spray enough to coat each section. If using heat, I apply pea-size amount of grapeseed oil to each section and follow with the ORS Heat Protection Serum for protection against heat damage.
I do this method when i am 7 weeks post and for twists outs. LCO stands for Liquid, Cream and Oil. Most hair blogs list the technique as LOC, but I think LCO is a better format, as the sealing oil should be applied last.
L – Liquid: Liquid moisturizer => water, leave-in conditioners, etc.
C – Cream: Thicker, creamier moisturizer => moisturizing creams/lotions
O – Oil: Sealing oil => natural oils, commercial oils, serums
I use my leave-in as the liquid, ORS Cream Hair Dress as the cream, and avocado oil as sealant
Do you moisturize and seal? Have you tried the LOC/LCO method? What products do you use? Let me know your thoughts below 🙂