It was a joy to be able to do a product review on Moisture L.O.C Soak It Up Oil Cocktail from the Au Naturale line of Dark and Lovely. Dark and Lovely continues to produce products that are demanded by consumers that are actually listening to their hair’s needs and wants. That is why Moisture L.O.C. Soak It Up Cocktail was fitting for me because my hair is demanding extra moisture and attention right now.
Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. states that it has Coconut and Moringa Oils to help curls and coils retain lasting moisture. It is also inspired by the “O” used as an acronym for oil in the L.O.C. method. The L.O.C. technique is widely used in the hair care industry, but especially in the natural hair community. A Leave in conditioner, oil, and cream are layered to achieve the maximum moisture for hair. I decided to use this product in a couple of ways, as for some people may not wish to use the L.O.C. method.
As always, I start with the smell. The Soak It Up Oil Cocktail has a tropical smell with hints of coconut. As mentioned previously, it does contain Coconut and Moringa Oils but it is also free of mineral oil, parabens, and petroleum. The consistency is not thick in nature, so it does not intimidate me by thinking that it may weigh my hair down. Because my hair is leaving an awkward stage as I call it, I have been playing around with products. I am now leaving the finger coil stage and entering into the stage of being able to do flat and two strand twists.
August of 2014 is when I did my 2nd big chop and I am happy to report growth, but the phases of growth can be quite frustrating as far as styling agents to cooperate with my hair’s needs and different textures.
So to give this product the optimum review, I washed my hair with my regular shampoo and did an apple cider rinse, then conditioned as normal. The first time I used this product, I used the L.O.C. method. The instructions call for Dark and Lovely Super Quench Leave-In-Spray, then apply a generous amount of the Soak It Up Cocktail to damp hair and allow the oil to absorb. I just happened to have the Super Quench Leave-In, so as the directions stated, I applied the Super Quench Leave-In-Spray, and then a nice amount of the Soak it Up Cocktail throughout my hair. The cocktail is slightly heavier than water, so it is not heavy or gritty and does not weigh my hair down. I noticed as I was applying it to my hair, my hair responded very well and my curl pattern was less frizzy than usual after a wash.
As I mentioned before I am using the l.o.c technique, so I decided to use my own styling cream and see how well this product plays with others, I used my now go to cream styling agent, Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk by Lotta Body. The true test of moisture for me is when my hair dries completely. After drying, my hair felt nourished, but not heavily oiled. I ran my fingers through my hair the next day and I did not end up with a lot of oil on my hands yet my hair was still soft and conditioned.
The second time I used this product I decided to wash and condition my hair as normal, but wanted to use it as a treatment. Although, the directions do not call for this, I wanted to see what the outcome would be. I applied the product to my damp hair, placed cap over my hair and sat under a dryer for 20 minutes. After I removed the plastic cap, my curls were springy and my hair did not feel over saturated.
This time I wanted to see how my hair would last with only this product. I received a lot of complements on the light smell, and my wash n go lasted for a few days. Using it alone did not give as much moisture as I had before with the l.o.c. method, but once again this was my personal method of use.
My hair can be defined as fine in some areas, but mostly medium in terms of texture, so this product works well for my hair for the time being. This oil is suitable for my hair given the stage that it is currently in, but I will say that there are some naturals that like to have their hair coated and actually like the heaviness of an oil and if that’s the case this product may not be for you. It is light in nature and moisturizing, but in my opinion may require frequent uses for naturals that have coarser hair or tend to wear their hair in a protective state.
Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C Soak It Up Oil Cocktail gets a solid 9 out of 10 from me. It is light and does not have an overbearing smell, and is easy to work with. This product is definitely going to be a part of my regimen.
WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOTTLE
Curls are second to none when you take a stand against dryness. Inspired by the “O”, in the notable LOC method, our Soak It Up Oil Cocktail blends rich hydrating oils to penetrate each stand for instant moisture and shine, without a greasy build up.
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