Moisturising type 4 natural hair

Hey loves

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.

Facetune-20170612-904397832-01Giovanni 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.

Facetune-201706121569668388-01Tropic 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.

Facetune-201706121593379763-01Whipped 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.


Author: naturallysini

I am a natural hair enthusiast based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I love trying out DIY recipes and finding what works best for my hair.

2 thoughts on “Moisturising type 4 natural hair”

  1. Hey Sini,
    So I mostly have my hair in protective styles like braids or cornrows and mostly keep it for a month.
    I use spray to moisturise daily (either water or some DIY mix) but find my scalp still gets quite irritated. When I have braids, I wash them every week.
    Should you do similar styles, what moisturising regime works for you?


    1. Hey Keitu, I feel you on the scalp issue with braids and corn rows. I braid once a year because of that but the last time I used the Jabu Stone braid spray in the green bottle. I sprayed my scalp and hair every second day and followed with an oil. I wash and condition every week. Also keep on mind that the synthetic braiding hair we use has an alkaline coating which you could be allergic to. You could soak the hair in acv and water before instaling the hair.


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