How you doing?
I woke up this morning (read about two hours ago) and the weather is beautiful, but I ain’t about to go jumping outside and let me tell you why. June & July are the coldest months in Kenya so it’s practically winter, the sun can be out but there is no warmth associated with it at this time. Just like yesterday, the sun was out, the sky was clear but the cold I felt the whole 6 hours I was in school was not amusing, all I could think of was, “Joan, you’re in a long distance relationship so there is no cuddle time for you in the near future.” Sigh. 😦 But oh well, hot water bottles and blankets are comfortable. haha
We have now come to the last step in my wash routine, well besides styling. Moisturising on a regular basis is key for healthy hair and length retention. I used to suffer from a lot of breakage when I was relaxed and I thought all I had to do was oil my hair, but oiling isn’t moisturising. Moisture = Water, so moisturised hair will not break thus causing length retention.
After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I tie a cotton t-shirt on my for about 15 minutes then I follow that by moisturising my hair using the LOC method.
L – Leave-in conditioner. This is a water based conditioner and here is where all the moisture comes in. A good leave-in conditioner is key to moisturised hair. I love the Creme of Nature: Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave-in Conditioner. It did take some time to get used to the smell but it does what it says. My hair is left soft, shiny, moisturised and due to the protein complex, my hair is stronger (less breakage).
Ksh. 300 – Super Cosmetics
O – Oil. Now here is where the oiling comes in. The Oil is used to seal in all the moisture from the leave-in conditioner. You can’t have moisturised just by oiling your hair. It’s just like applying foundation onto your face without moisturising it, it’s just not going to work. The oil seals the moisture and adds shine to your hair. My holy grail oil products have to be; Olive oil, Castor Oil and Almond Oil. Mix those three together and oil your hair. 🙂
Olive Oil – Around Ksh. 200 – 250
Almond Oil – Ksh. 210
Nakumatt / Tuskys / Chandarana FoodPlus
C – Cream. The styling cream is the last step in the LOC method. The cream helps shape, mould and define your curls. I get so many questions on how I get my twist outs so defined and this is the secret. A good thick cream is all you need. I’m currently using Organics Carrot Oil Cream. I love this product and so does my hair, it is so nice and creamy and the first ingredient is water. My curls pop even more when I use it to twist up my hair. I literally run my brush over and over and over again just to see those curls. Hahaha.
Ksh. 395 Super Cosmetics
I only use the LOC method on wash days. In between wash days, I spritz some water on my hair but specifically on my ends because the ends are the oldest parts of our hair and need more TLC, I follow that by applying a bit of almond oil and style as usual. I use almond oil alone because it’s a natural heat protectant and the Nairobi sun can be brutal on your tresses.
Just remember one thing, when looking for a product for your hair, make sure the first ingredient is water. Water is Life. Haha I just had to. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed.
Talk to you soon,