Hello beauties and welcome back! Today we are going to be talking about the LOC method.
If you have curly hair than you have probably heard about this method but probably didn’t take the time to figure out what it is. That’s okay! Acronyms can be really intimidating.
The LOC method is just a way of moisturizing and styling your hair that maximizes moisture retention and keeps your hair from frizzing and getting dry and brittle.
Scientifically, this is one of the most effective ways to moisturize your hair but that doesn’t mean that it will work for everyone.
There are so many natural girls who swear by this method and do it exclusively and there are others that it doesn’t really work for. There is no one size fits all for curly hair (no matter what you may have heard.)
It’s up to you to try out different things and figure out what works best for you, your porosity, your hair type, your curl pattern and the density of your hair. All these things play a part in how effective your routine will be for your hair.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new methods or new products. At the same time don’t be afraid to stay with what works. If something works well for you then keep it.
I know having curly hair can sometimes seem like a full time job and it’s easy to get frustrated especially if you’re transitioning, not seeing the progress you want or if it seems like your hair is just completely against you (trust me it isn’t!)
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The LOC Method
Since we’ve already talked about what the LOC Method is and just gonna start off by telling you what each part of the method stands for.
The LOC Method: L – Liquid
Okay, so for those of you that are unaware, naturally curly hair is very dry. You can try and dispute me all you want but this is universally true.
The LOC method is specially designed to combat the dryness in curly hair.
With straight hair, the oils that are produced by the sebaceous glands in your scalp are able to travel down the length of your hair and keep it moisturized.
With curly hair, because of the texture, oil can’t travel easily down the strands of our hair. This results in dry strands unless we put product in it to keep it moisturized or we manually pull the natural oils from our head down the lengths of our hair.
So liquid is very important for curly hair because liquid is moisture. More specifically, water is moisture.
So the first step in the LOC method is to saturate your hair with some type of liquid. This can be a leave-in conditioner, a water-based conditioner or just plain water.
This is liquid is the foundation for moisturized curls so you want to make sure whatever ‘liquid’ you use has water as the first ingredient.
Personally, I like to use plain water because I believe it moisturizes my hair the best and it’s free.
I have since switched my curly hair routine and I have now started following the Curly Girl Method so I now use a leave in as my Liquid but you can still use water if that works best for you!
The LOC Method: O – Oil
I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never been a fan of putting oil in my hair because I don’t like it when my hair is greasy. It doesn’t feel good and then it gets on my face and makes me break out.
However, oil is a pretty essential part of the LOC method.
If you put a moisturizing product, or water, on your hair by itself and leave it there then eventually the product will dry and it will leave your hair dry instead of moisturized.
Because you didn’t seal the product, and the moisture, into your hair.
Sealing in your liquid and locking in the moisture of that product is the oil’s job.
The oil creates a barrier around your strands and seals in any moisture from your product and makes sure it doesn’t just evaporate into the air.
So now you know that you need to use an oil to seal the moisture into your hair, but now the question is which oil do you use?
Well that’s really up to you but I will offer a few examples:
Castor oilGrapeseed oil
These are only a few so I recommend you do your research and try out a few to see which one works best for your hair.
Personally, my hair is very thin so I like to use argan oil which is really light and doesn’t weigh my hair down. Olive oil and castor oil are really heavy oils so only use those if your hair is thicker or if you don’t plan on using much.
Also keep in mind that certain oils work well for moisturizing your hair while other oils should be used for sealing your hair only.
Coconut oil, Castor oil and Avocado oil are really great for adding moisture to you hair and I would recommend you use one of these if you hair is especially dry, damaged and brittle.
Coconut oil and castor oil are also really good if you want to promote hair growth so if you want to use these oils for hair growth I would recommend doing a hot oil treatment or a weekly scalp massage.
The LOC Method: C- Cream
The last step in the LOC method is cream.
So remember when I said that the oil seals in the moisture from your liquid? Well, your cream is what seals and closes your hair cuticle and prevents moisture loss.
Think of it as an extra step of protection, really ensuring that moisture stays where you need to to be.
So there’s a lot of controversy in the natural hair community about what counts as a cream and what doesn’t. Honestly whatever works is what works.
For creams you can look at:
There are a bunch of other options but these are the few that I have tried on my hair and have worked pretty well.
Whatever cream you decide to use you want to make sure that it is moisturizing, meaning it has water as the first ingredient. This whole method is about moisture so wherever you have an opportunity to add more you should take it.
For those of you with thinner hair I would recommend that you stay away from really heavy products like pure shea butter because that can weigh your hair down.
Try going for a curling butter or some kind of moisturizing cream that isn’t too heavy.
Another option is to dilute the product with water before you apply it. This will make a little bit lighter but will still give the sealing effect that you want.
Once you’re done applying all of your products you can continue with your regular styling routine.
A few ways I’ve styled my hair after using the LOC method are:
I love to do three strand twist outs on my hair rather than the normal two strand twist outs because I feel like the curls are more defined and the three strand twist stay a lot better than the two.
I don’t do braid outs as often anymore but when I do I like to do four medium sized braids because this gives me a softer, mermaid-like wave.
Wash and Go’s:
Whenever I do a wash and go on my hair I usually use my diffuser on cool air and low power and I only diffuse my roots, I never diffuse the rest of my hair. This gives me volume in the roots but keeps the rest of my hair healthy.
When I plop I usually like to do it overnight so when I wake up in the morning my diffusing process goes a lot faster and my hair already has volume in the roots.
My favorite protective styles are box braid, faux locs and buns.
The LOC method should make your hair manageable enough to do whatever style you plan to do that day so have fun with it!
If the LOC method doesn’t work for you at first please don’t get discouraged. Take all of the aspects of your hair into account before you give up.
Is your hair low density? Then you probably need a light oil. Do your curls feel sticky and weighed down? You probably need a lighter cream. Is your hair still frizzy and undefined? Then you probably need a heavier cream or liquid.
Finding a curly hair routine that works well for your hair is a process and a journey so doesn’t be so hard on yourself and if something doesn’t work move on the next thing.
Trust me, you’ll get there!
Well beauties, that’s it for this post!
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