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Why The Order in Which You Layer (Apply) Your Hair Products Matters

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You’ve probably heard about the LOC, LCO or other methods of layering products onto your hair. During different seasons you may even opt to change the order in which you lay those hair products.

There’s definitely reasons for why you would choose to apply one hair product before or after or another. Let’s take a look at a few of those reasons.

Moisture Retention

Depending on your hair type, you may find that applying your hair products in a specific fashion helps with retaining moisture.

One person may find that applying a leave in conditioner after an oil is more effective at moisture retention than applying the oil after the leave in conditioner.

When the seasons change, you may even discover that one method is more effective during the warmer months vs the colder months.


Certain hair products called Volumizers are designed to help those of us with fine hair to have hair that’s fuller looking. Those products may not be as effective depending on the products you lay above or beneath them.

Curl Definition and Shrinkage

Testing the various amounts of curl definition and shrinkage that could be attained by using products in a specific order, I started with an application of aloe vera juice (moisture), DIY oil, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (creamy leave in) and Shea Moisture Curling Souffle (a gel).

After spraying aloe vera juice to my hair, I applied my creamy leave in to one side of my head followed by the gel. Then, on the other side I applied the DIY oil first, followed by the creamy leave in, gel and aloe vera juice last.

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As you can see in the image above, the side that had more curl definition and shrinkage was the side that had aloe vera juice applied first. This is a simplified demonstration of how the order in which you apply your hair products matters.

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The way to determine the best method of layering products to you hair is to test it out. On various wash days, try applying products to your hair in different orders and take note of how your hair looks and feels.

You’ll discover that the order in which you apply your hair products really does matter for achieving the best results.

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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