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How to effectively moisturise Afro hair

by Anita Makinde |  | 1 comment

Moisturised afro hair — there is such a thing! One of the most common challenges with Afro hair is avoiding dryness and keeping hair moisturised. Lack of moisture often leads to breakage and can make styling a challenge. Here are 4 things you can do to stop dry hair from letting you be great!

1. Say no to 'moisturising' with oils and butters 

For a product to be moisturising it must be water-based. Oils and butters do not have hydrating properties as they don't contain water. However, they can be used after a water-based moisturiser to seal in moisture. Using a water-based moisturiser like Sheen or Smooth followed by an oil or butter will make your hair happy.

2. Layer your products

Layering products is the most effective way to moisturise Afro hair. The LOC and LCO methods are most popular. Both are acronyms where:

L = liquid, O = oil and C = cream.

The order of the letters lets you know what order you should apply the products. Our Moisture Surge Set contains a product for each step Sheen (liquid), Seal (oil) and Smooth (cream). 

We've put up a "How to Moisturise Afro hair with LOC method" tutorial on Youtube just for you!  

Both methods are great to use in between washdays to moisturise your hair. Figure out which method works better for you by trying each one for a week and comparing results. 

3. Tuck your ends away

Twist outs, braid outs, puffs — any hairstyle that involves hair being exposed will accelerate dry hair. You don't need to avoid these styles completely but if your hair is constantly dry then alternating with protective styles that keep the ends of your hair tucked away will help minimise dryness. 


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4. Sleep on satin

Do you go to sleep with moisturised hair and wake up with dry hair? It could be that your pillow is absorbing moisture from your hair. Bed sheets are usually made with cotton because cotton absorbs moisture when you sweat at night. The problem is, cotton also absorbs moisture from the hair, drying it out. Satin, on the other hand, minimises moisture loss from the hair keeping it in good condition overnight. Try sleeping with a satin-lined bonnet or on a satin pillowcase. 

5. Drink more water

It's not only what you put onto your hair that makes a difference — what you put into your body is very important. 8 large glasses a day serves as a rough guideline to how much you should drink but how much water you actually need depends on your size and how active you are.  

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Comments (1)

  • Joy mason on November 04, 2019

    Hi seen your video and very impress , a product made by black women who understands the struggle to maintain black natural hair. I’ve been transitioning for three and half years now , relaxer has grown out of my hair, my struggles is keeping my hair moisturised and doing twist out that are define, curls that last and will not frizz, I dress for church or event style hair, which looks nice but the frizzin,hair can start of nice and through the day / evening big afro appears. I am embracing my natural hair , which was not a choice but medication damaged my hair, which I’m learning to love, ive tried so many different products especially defining creams , which leaves my hair dry and brittle. Can my sisters help me to find product that work, also do you give samples , I’ve spent so much trying to find right product that actually works. I’ve got to a stage where I even thought of going back to relaxed hair , I just need some help please . Kind Regards Joy

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