3 Basic Hair Care Products you need

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Learning to care for and love your natural hair is a core part of the natural hair journey.  
— Adwoa Agyapomaa
3 Basic hair care products you need
Here are 3 basic products and methods that will make the natural hair lifestyle easier and enjoyable.

1. When it's wash day, look for shampoos and cleansers that contain Decyl glucoside and Cocoamidopropyl Betaine as these are gentler cleansers. Avoid cleansers/shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. These are oil strippers and remove the already low levels of oil in natural hair.

Some naturals and curly girls avoid shampoos all together and just 'wash' with conditioner. The trick is to focus on the scalp and use the motion of the tips of the fingers on the scalp to remove dirt.

I recommend a combination of gentle cleansers on some weeks, and conditioner-only cleansing on other weeks.

For gentle but deep cleansing, go for MoistureLover's (ML) Deluxe African Black soap with plantain extract and infused with moringa and neem oils. 

The ML Black soap offers added nourishment while you cleanse.


2. Use a leave-in conditioner. True conditioners interact with the hair to neutralise charges on the surface. This reduces static and makes it easier to comb. Ideally, the conditioner should also return the hair to its ideal pH, making manipulation of the hair easier.

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A leave-in conditioner should also offers hydration, so choose conditioners that are water-based.

MoistureLover hair makes an Organic shea butter leave-in conditioner with either organic chamomile or peppermint. These will condition while returning the hair to its ideal pH.


3. Moisturise using the Liquid, Oil, Cream (LOC) method. The LOC method is a process of layering moisturising, lubricating and sealing products in an order that offers maximum hydration to coils and curls.

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The liquid can be a water-based leave-in conditioner or just water. The aim of the liquid is to moisturise. The oil lubricates the hair and seals in the moisture from the liquid. The final step - the cream - (this can also be a butter like Shea butter) reinforces the moisture retention by sealing it in.

A Peppermint infused or vanilla-scented castor sealing oil from MoistureLover Hair is a nourishing way to lubricate and lock moisture into your tresses.

The Castor Sealing oils are particularly handy for sealing the ends of twists and braids in preparation for twistouts and braidouts.

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Adwoa Agyapomaa is a Natural hair product entrepreneur and founder of MoistureLover Afro Care. In 2004, she made the decision to love her hair exactly as it grew from her scalp - after over 10 years of relaxing her hair.

The MoistureLover Hair range is for natural girls and anyone who wants to be natural in their hair care. You can find the range at three locations: Afro Hub, AfroTrends  (Melbourne) and at moistureloverhair.com


You can find the range at three locations: Afro Hub, AfroTrends (Melbourne) and moistureloverhair.com

SKINCARE Must Haves

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  Frank Body Lip Balm   This lip balm will nourish and hydrate your lips from the cold and dry winter.

Frank Body Lip Balm
This lip balm will nourish and hydrate your lips from the cold and dry winter.

3 products that you need this winter!

Winter is coming, so it’s important to understand what your skin needs when the temperatures drop and the heaters turn up. Here are my top 3 products that you’ll need to keep your skin looking healthy through the hibernation season. 

  Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask   This overnight mask is a hit for all seasons. It will restore the moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

This overnight mask is a hit for all seasons. It will restore the moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple.

  Mecca Cosmetica Sun Kissed primer   This primer is AH-MAZING! It will give your skin that radiant finish without looking ashy. It brightens up olive to deeper skin tones to give the appearance of healthy skin. You can wear it alone as an everyday glow product or underneath foundation or even mixed in with your foundation.

Mecca Cosmetica Sun Kissed primer

This primer is AH-MAZING! It will give your skin that radiant finish without looking ashy. It brightens up olive to deeper skin tones to give the appearance of healthy skin. You can wear it alone as an everyday glow product or underneath foundation or even mixed in with your foundation.

You can find these products at all Mecca Maximas across Australia and New Zealand

Lorina is a makeup artist with over seven years of industry experience, and has been with the OATV family from the start. She is committed to making people feel empowered by using makeup to unlock their hidden confidence, no matter what age, size and background. Lorina regularly works with a variety of skin tone and types. She is dedicated to working with her clients to build personalised skincare routines so each can achieve that healthy skin everybody longs for. 

Lorina has been invited to makeup training workshops with NARS, Too Faced, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Stila and MAC. She has also been a part of the first Meccaland festival hosted in Melbourne 2018. 

Keep up with Lorina on Instagram @makeupbylorina