Are you using the L.O.C method?
L.O.C stands for liquid, oil, and cream and in that order. When you are setting your natural hair, detangling, and styling, this is the order your products should go:
The liquid can mean plain water, a water mix, or a thin leave in conditioner. I recommend using plain water or water with a bit of veggie glycerin in a spray bottle. The water adds a base level of moisture to your hair and, if the water is room temp or warmer, it will open up the hair shaft to allow the moisture of the O and C in.
The oil is fairly self explanatory. You can use a good, everyday oil like avocado or olive, or any other oil that you prefer. The oil moisturizes the hair, penetrating the shaft. It adds the shine and manageability needed to detangle. Your hair will be able to absorb the nutrients from the oil better if it is applied after the water and before the cream or styling product.
Cream is typically your hair styling product. This can be the Kinky Curly Knot Today, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, or any other hair styling moisturizer like that. This will provide the hold, frizz free, curl defining features that we all love when it comes to braid and twist outs.
By layering the liquid, oil, and cream in this way, your hair is able to benefit from each product properly. The water opens the shaft, the oil penetrates the shaft with nutrients and shine, while the cream product provides hold and defines our bouncy curls.
What do you think of the L.O.C method?