Do you struggle with keeping your natural hair moisturized? It’s a common problem naturals deal with on their journey. Thankfully, there’s a method that will help you go days without having to constantly moisturize your natural hair.
If you’ve done your research or have been natural for a while now, then you should know about the LOC method!
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 your curls will help prevent water from escaping and will keep your natural 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 all naturals who struggle to maintain moisturized natural hair.
How to do the LOC method
The LOC method is easy to incorporate in your current natural hair regimen since it involves using products you already own. The only thing that would change is the order in which you apply them to your hair.
If you want to start using this method to keep your natural hair moisturized, follow the steps below:
Step one – L (Liquid or Leave-in)
The first step is the L, also known as liquid or leave-in conditioner. This step is done to add moisture to your hair that will eventually be sealed in.
A good product to apply would be a water-based leave-in conditioner. Your conditioner should contain water as the first ingredient. For this step, you can even use something as simple as water in your spray bottle, or one of my favorites, Aloe Vera Juice!
Once you finish adding moisture to your natural hair, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Step two – O (Oil)
In this step, you can choose any oil to lock in the moisture. In order to select the best oil, you should know the porosity of your natural hair.
For example, if you have low porosity hair, using lightweight oils such as Grapeseed and Avocado would work best for your hair. High porosity hair would need heavier oils such as Olive and Castor.
Don’t know your porosity? Check out this post to figure yours out today: The Guide to Learning Your Porosity
Step three – C (Cream)
The final step in the LOC method is applying a creamy moisturizer to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss. Your cream can also provide your curls with definition and hold. The type of cream you use will depend on the hairstyle you’re trying to achieve.
You can also use plain butter to lock in moisture for this step. Some great ones to use are Shea, Mango, and Kokum.
Some naturals, including myself, use this step to apply a gel. A gel can provide more definition and hold than creams, however, you must ensure your hair is properly moisturized before applying a gel.
How do I know if I should use this method?
The LOC method will work great for naturals with high porosity hair or those who struggle with dry, natural hair.
Your hair’s porosity can play a role in whether the LOC method will work for your hair. Since high porosity hair has cuticles that are wide open and can lose moisture quickly, using this method will maximize moisture retention and help you go days without having to moisturize your curls.
If you have low porosity hair and use the LOC method, there’s a chance your hair may become limp or oily. Low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles and is more prone to product build-up.
Honestly, everyone’s hair is different and won’t respond the same way to the LOC method. If you find the LOC method doesn’t work well for you, there is another way you can moisturize your natural hair.
Another method for moisture retention
If your hair doesn’t respond well to the LOC method, you can attempt to modify it to suit the needs of your hair. Some naturals find that switching the order they apply their products provides better results. 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 product build-up, you can limit the number of products you apply to your natural hair. Instead of applying three different products, try using two or even one if possible.
Continue to find which method works best for your natural hair. I recommend trying it with different product combinations to see the results you achieve before modifying your method of choice.
Moisturizing your natural hair is key if you want to reach your length goals and achieve healthy, natural hair. Your hair will flourish as you continue to take care of it and listen to what it needs.