Natural Hair

A Quick Breakdown of the LOC Method for Natural Hair

October 30, 2018
A black woman spraying water on her natural hair while smiling

Do you struggle with keeping your natural hair moisturized? Thankfully, there’s a method that will help you achieve long-lasting moisture for days. If you’ve done your research, then I’m sure you’ve heard about the LOC method for natural hair!

What is the LOC method?

LOC is an abbreviation for Liquid or Leave-in Conditioner, Oil, and Cream.

This method indicates what type of products should be applied to your hair and the order you should layer them to achieve moisture retention. Each layer you apply locks in the moisture from the previous one.

Using the LOC method for natural hair will help prevent water from escaping and keep your hair moisturized longer.

When you use an oil followed by a thicker, heavier cream or butter-based moisturizer, it ensures the moisture remains in the hair shaft.

This method is beneficial for those who struggle to maintain moisturized natural hair.

LOC Method Steps

This method is easy to incorporate into your current regimen since it involves using products that you already own.

Follow the steps below to improve your moisture retention!

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Step One – Liquid or Leave-In

The first step is the L, also known as liquid or leave-in conditioner. This is done to add moisture to your hair that will eventually be sealed in.

Before I style my hair, I saturate it with water using my Flairosol Bottle. I recommend investing in this because it makes refreshing your hair easier.

After my hair is wet, I follow up with a leave-in conditioner. You want to make sure it contains Water or Aloe Vera Juice as the first ingredient if you want it to provide long-lasting moisture.

Step Two – Oil

The second step is O, also known as oil. You can use any oil that’ll lock in the moisture from your leave-in conditioner. I recommend choosing an oil based on your porosity.

If you have low porosity hair, using lightweight oils is best since your hair is more prone to product build-up. Some great ones to use are Grapeseed and Avocado oil.

High porosity hair does well with heavier oils such as Jamaican Black Castor Oil since moisture can easily escape from the hair.

Related Post: How to Determine Your Hair Porosity the Right Way

Step Three – Cream

The last step is C, also known as cream. Applying this will help close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.

If you want to add more definition and hold for your curls, you can also use a gel during this step. You want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized before applying gel to prevent dryness.

Related Post: The Best Natural Gels to Use for Wash & Go’s

Who Should Use This Method?

This method will work great for high porosity hair and those who struggle with dryness.

Since high porosity hair has cuticles that are wide open and can lose moisture quickly, using this method will improve moisture retention.

Everyone’s hair is different and won’t respond the same way to the LOC method. If it doesn’t work for you, there’s another way you can moisturize your natural hair.

LCO Method

If you aren’t seeing your desired results from using the LOC method, you can modify it to better suit the needs of your hair.

Some people find that switching the order they apply their products is the best solution. Therefore, instead of using the LOC method, they use the LCO method.

LCO is an abbreviation for Liquid, Cream, and Oil.

If your hair is easily weighed down or prone to build-up, you can limit the number of products you apply. Instead of using three products, try going down to two or one if possible.

Sometimes, our hair doesn’t need a lot. This is why it’s important to pay attention to the way your hair responds and keep track of what works for you!


Learning how to do the LOC method for natural hair will help you combat dryness. You’ll have to try different product combinations to find what works the best.

Moisturizing your natural hair is important if you want to reach your length goals and achieve healthy hair. Your hair will flourish as you continue to take care of it and listen to what it needs!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Consy TORIBIO November 21, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I am a LOC kind of girl! Sometimes even plain old CO or LO lol love this post and your new site overall! Love to see my curl friends growing and flourishing 🙂

    • Reply naturally_madisen November 21, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Awe thank you sis! I really appreciate that ♥️

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