Once I arrived at the second location, I realized that the answer to my ultra dry hair would not be found at any of the stores. I didn't need another product, I need to refine my technique. More specifically, a technique I developed a couple of years back when my hair was at its worse.
I'm here to share this intense moisturizing technique with you today.
The entire process consists of 4 steps. But, it's so powerful that I was able to execute only two of the four steps yesterday and create amazing results. The moisturizing technique is a play on the L.O.C (liquid, oil, cream) Method but with a few minor differences to make it more intense.
When I first implemented this technique, I wanted to do more than just moisturize my hair, I wanted to infuse it with moisture. This meant that I had to get a little creative with a few tweaks here and there.
Ok, here's a break down of my intense moisture infusion routine.
STEP 1. Hydrate
Before I moisturize with a creamy product I hydrate with a liquid. This is somewhat typical of the L.O.C process. But I like to make sure that the liquid both dampens the hair while actually moisturizing it. Water alone isn't a great idea. Instead, I create a moisturizing water that's comprised of ingredients my hair adores. Examples include aloe water, a small amount of my favorite leave-in from Biolage, powdered MSM, and maybe a tiny bit of ACV to help bring down the pH. Lastly, I make sure that I use a spray bottle with an ultra-fine mist because I don't want to wet the hair, I want the tiny water particles to be absorbed by the strands. This makes a difference.
STEP 2: Oil Mist
Here's where it gets interesting. Instead of grabbing oil from a bottle on layering it on the hair, I reach for my nifty oil mister. For those of you who aren't familiar, you can add your favorite hair oil to a salad oil mister and lightly oil your hair without weighing it down. For my intense hydration method, this is ideal. My goal is to that the products penetrate my strands so I use (fractioned) coconut oil to mist my hair for now.
Once my hair is lightly coated with a hydrating water and fine particles of oil, I tie my hair up in a satin scarf to allow everything to penetrate. This step is key.
Thirty minutes to an hour later, I check in on my hair to see how it's going. Sometimes, those two steps are enough. But if my hair needs a little more TLC, I then move on to steps 3 and 4. Basically, I then reach for my favorite daily moisturizer and sealing oil and apply as normal. Steps 3 & 4 are meant to moisturize and seal the outer layers while steps 1& 2 moisturize the deeper layers.
The end result is a total transformation of my hair. The difference between how my hair looked and felt yesterday versus this morning is like night and day. Best of all, the moisture actually lasts. Sometimes we work on strengthening our cuticle layer so much that products have difficulty penetrating. If you have low porosity hair, this method might work well for you.
I'm officially going back to this way of moisturizing until further notice. This time, I may experiment a bit with various oils. For instance, I'm really curious to see what it would be like to try squalane or baobab oil in the mister. Oh, and if this technique doesn't work for your low porosity hair, give the moisturize, heat, seal method a try.