By Erma W.
Maximizing the moisture is always a hot topic for natural hair. We are constantly looking for ways to add or keep the moisture that we have. The recipe may vary depending on your hair and desired approach, but keep in mind that you do have options. Here are four “maximum” hair choices:
1. Maximum Hydration Method: This five-step regimen has been recommended for naturals with low porosity hair. Many naturals who have trouble getting moisture into their hair enjoy this method. If you’d like to try it, start by clarifying with baking soda or apple cider vinegar. Next, co-wash and detangle with the conditioner of your choice. Then do a clay rinse and add a leave-in. Finally, apply a gel. Some of the products on the maximum hydration method list of approval include Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Defining Gel, Curly Girl Silky Custard, and the Kinky Curly Curling Custard.
2. L.O.C. Method: Known as the liquid-oil-cream method, L.O.C. involves applying a liquid, then an oil, and then a cream to the hair. This method is a cold-weather favorite for a lot of naturals. Some people switch the order of L.O.C. to L.C.O. It’s really all about what works for you, so have fun and enjoy.
3. Steam Treatment: Steaming in the moisture is a great way to soften parched strands. You can either slather your favorite conditioner on your hair and settle under a high-powered steamer like the Pibbs, or you can try the home grown steam treatments (one of my favorite hair treats). To infuse moisture into your hair without a steamer, first apply your desired conditioner. Then wet a t-shirt and put it in the microwave for seven minutes. After the t-shirt has cooled off, apply it to your hair and cover the t-shirt with a plastic bag or a large shower cap. Lastly, sit under your hair dryer (I use a Gold and Hot Ionic Soft Bonnet Dryer) and relish in the moisture.
4. Baggy Method: This oldie but goodie is a moisturizing delight for both new and seasoned naturals. Part of the baggy method’s great appeal is that it’s super quick. You can add your favorite moisturizing spritz (aloe vera gel, glycerin, water, etc.) to your hair before baggying, or you can just put the bag on your bare hair. Try both options and see which one is best for you.
Also, be open to switching methods as your hair’s moisture level changes.
Til’ next time,
Enjoy and explore!