Once you’ve figured out how to moisturize your hair, you will want to do what you can to keep your afro moisturized in order for it to be healthy. Here are a few tips and tricks.
The L.O.C. Method
The L.O.C. method is quite popular among people that wear their hair in its natural state. The abbreviation stands for Leave in (conditioner), oil and cream. It refers to the order you apply these products to your hair after you wash it. The goal of this method is to maintain as much moisture as possible after washing your hair.
Steamer or heating cap
Another great way to infuse extra moisture into your hair is by using a hair steamer or heating cap while deep conditioning.
A hair steamer uses heat and water to warm up and mist the hair. This opens up the hair shaft (strand) which makes it easier for the water to enter the hair.
The heating cap is similar; you add your deep conditioner (remember to use one with water as the first ingredient) and the heat from the heating cap helps to open up the hair shaft and let the moisture enter easier. If you have low porosity hair these methods may be for you.
Silk/satin Bonnet or Scarf
Wearing a silk or satin bonnet or scarf to bed will help maintain your hair’s moisture when you
sleep. Cotton sheets and pillow cases cause friction against your hair and can suck out the moisture from your hair. Wearing a bonnet or a scarf will help protect your hair against this happening while you sleep.
This is one of my favorite tips. Instead of using a regular towel after washing your hair, use an old T-shirt to dry your hair. Traditional towels are made to suck up moisture which can leave your hair too dry if you wrap it up after a wash. Use an old T-shirt instead as the T-shirt won’t drain the hair of moisture in the same way as a traditional towel does. You can also use a micro fiber towel for the same reason.
A lot of people like to use a blow drier or a flat iron on their hair regularly, however this can be extremely drying for the hair. Try to use these kind of methods as seldom as possible over time the heat can burn the hair strand and ruin your curl pattern. If you do use heat make sure to use a heat protectant so your hair is as protected from the heat as possible. A heat protectant is a product that protects the hair strand from the heat so that the hair doesn’t get as damaged by the heat. There are an array of heat protectants on the market.