LOC Method (Leave-in, Oil, Cream) – A MUST for all kinky/curly/coily heads!
If you feel like your natural hair absorbs water like crazy but is constantly screaming for more moisture, then maybe it’s time to try the LOC method. This method is nothing new but definitely something you should try if your hair is in need of moisture and the plus side is, you probably already own all the necessary products!
The LOC method involves 3 key components: Leave-in conditioner, Oil, and Cream. It’s name not only tells you what products to use but also the order in which to use them. What sets this method apart from others is the layering process that essentially seals in the moisture allowing naturals to go for days with having to moisturize. So how and why does it work:
Step 1: Apply a water-based leave in conditioner to clean damp hair (not soaking wet). It’s important that your hair is not soaking wet so that the products you apply don’t essentially just “drip” off. A good one to try that I’m loving right now is Design Essentials natural almond & avocado leave-in conditioner. But any leave-in you’re currently using will work just fine.
Step 2: Apply a thin layer of oil to help lock in the moisture. Natural hair LOVES water. But as we know, water evaporates. So some sort of sealant must be used to “lock” in the moisture. That’s where oil comes in. Oil allows the hair to hold on to those water molecules. Use any oil that you desire (coconut, olive, avocado, grapeseed, jojoba, botanical oil blend, etc). I tend to alternate between using olive oil, jojoba oil, or Design Essentials botanical oil blend. Do NOT use too much oil or your hair (forehead and neck) will be an oil slick for the next few days.
Step 3: Apply a creamy moisturizer to your hair to further seal that moisture in. Now what some consider a cream might be different depending on your preferences. If you live in a warmer climate than you can get away with lighter creams. But if you live where it’s cooler, than a butter-based moisturizer like shea butter might be your best bet. Design Essentials curl stretching cream is a great product to try.
The LOC method really works best for Type 4 coils and kinks because this type of hair is usually dying of thirst. The porosity of your hair will also determine whether the LOC method is a go for you or not. If you have low porosity hair, this method might cause too much product build up and leave you with limp and oily hair. It works best with normal to high porosity hair. Try it for at least a couple weeks to decide whether or not it works for you. Leave a comment and let us know how it worked out for you!