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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? It’s a common problem naturalista’s deal with on their journey. Thankfully, there’s a method that will help you go days without having to constantly re-moisturize your hair. 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 will help prevent water from escaping and will 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 all naturals who struggle to maintain moisturized natural hair, especially those with high porosity hair!

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How to Do the LOC Method for Natural Hair

The LOC method is easy to incorporate into your current 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 retain moisture, follow the steps below:

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

After saturating my hair, 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 it doesn’t have those, then you can’t expect it to add any moisture to your hair.

In order to retain the moisture you added in this step, you want to follow up with the next product which is your oil.

Step two – O (Oil)

The second step is O, also known as oil. You can choose 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 oils to use are Grapeseed and Avocado. However, high porosity hair does well with heavier oils such as Olive and Jamaican Black Castor oil since moisture can easily escape from the hair.

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Step three – C (Cream)

The last step in the LOC method is C, also known as cream. Applying this will help close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss. Your cream can also provide your curls with more hold and definition. You can also use butter for this step such as Shea, Mango, and Kokum Butter. Those are great options for high porosity hair.

If you’re wanting to add more definition to your curls, you can also use a gel. You want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized before adding a gel to prevent dryness.

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Who Should Use This Method?

This method will work great for high porosity hair or 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 you find this method doesn’t work well for you, there is another way you can moisturize your natural hair.

LCO Method

If you notice your hair doesn’t like the LOC method, you can attempt to modify it to better suit the needs of your hair. Some people find that switching the order they apply their products provides better results. 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 product 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. I love it when I’m able to find a one-and-done product. 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 best.


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.

I enjoy using the LOC method for my hair because I always achieve the best results with it. I have tried the LCO method and noticed my hair didn’t retain moisture long enough. Your journey is all about trial and error, don’t give up!

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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