If there is one topic which remains constant throughout your natural hair journey it will be that of moisture retention. More so during the winter months where you might be tempted to tuck your hair away under a wig or braids and not deal with it but we know that would only lead to dry brittle hair. When I was newly natural I soon discovered that using one product to moisturise my hair was simply not enough, until I came across the LOC method, where you layer and smooth in products into your hair strands to ‘loc’ in that moisture. There are variations of the LOC method, there is also the LCO.
L – liquid L – liquid
O – oil C – cream
C -cream O – oil
After trying out both methods I settled on the LOC method as that was what worked best for my hair. I also have high porosity hair, meaning that my hair strands are quick to take in moisture but they also loose moisture very quickly. That is how I realised that in order for me to keep from losing moisture I needed to ‘loc’ in all that moisture with a cream as my last step. I could then maintain moisture for two to three days before re moisturising my hair. So do try both methods and find one which works best on your hair.
Here is a breakdown of the LOC method.
Liquid can be plain water, aloe vera juice or water mixed with leave in conditioner in a spray bottle. I alternate between these two leave ins which I mix with water. The first step is to spray your water or water mix onto your hair and smooth it in.
Giovanni Direct leave-in weightless moisture conditioner, Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Detangling leave in conditioner.
Your oil of choice depends on which oil works best for your hair. I love using coconut oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Olive oil, Avocado oil, Grape seed oil, Almond oil are other oils you could use. So after dampening your hair with water you then smooth your choice of oil into your hair.
Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Vatika Coconut Oil
Last but not least my hair loves butters and because I love me some DIY I always have some whipped shea butter mix ready. I also try out different butters, which is the last step in the LOC method. Smooth your butter or cream into your hair to loc in all that moisture and your hair will thank you for it.
Whipped Shea Butter mix, Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Suki Suki Naturals Shea Creme, Elasta QP Olive Oil Mango Butter Moisturizer
So which method do you prefer LOC or LCO? Comment below.