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The L.O.C. Method A Routine Every Naturalista Should Know

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Moisturizing and sealing are important parts of natural hair care. Proper moisturizing and sealing will ensure that your hair retains moisture for as long as possible. All hair needs moisture in order to survive and keep from breaking. The most common and widely used method of moisturizing natural hair is the L.O.C. method but that’s not the only method available.

What does LOC stand for?

LOC is an abbreviation for Liquid/leave in conditioner, oil and cream.  The name itself signifies the products that should be applied, as well as the order in which to apply them, making it an easy-to-remember natural hair  routine.

This methods involves layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention. The moisture is effectively sealed in by two products which are both known to be excellent sealants: oil and butter.

Both oil and butter are praised for their ability to create a layer along the hair shaft that helps to prevent water from being evaporated from it and lost to the atmosphere thus helping the hair to stay moisturized for longer period. By using oil followed by a thicker, heavier butter-based moisturizer on top you are ensuring that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft which is beneficial to maintaining a well moisturized hair.

THE ORIGINAL LOC METHOD

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  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or Shea moisture leave-in conditioner will do the trick.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to the hair to seal that moisture in. Shea butter is PERFECT for this step! Other products you can try are: Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer or SheaMoisture Conditioning Curl Milk. 

Other Variations

The following variations of the L.O.C. method have been tried by many natutralistas and have proven effective.

Remember to give each technique some time before discarding it. If you find that after time the technique you are using is not working, move on to another variation.

LCO METHOD

  • (L – Liquid) : Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • O – Apply Oil
  • LOCS METHOD
  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to the hair to seal that moisture in. Shea butter is PERFECT for this step! Other products you can try are: Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer or SheaMoisture Conditioning Curl Milk.
  • (S – Sealant) : Seal in the moisture with a heavier butter. Mango and cocoa butters are perfect for this step.

  LOCO METHOD

  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
  • (C – Cream)
  • (O – Oil) : Seal in the moisture with a thick oil such as castor oil, grapeseed oil or safflower oil.

This method is quite similar to the LOCS (Liquid-Oil-Cream-Sealing) method. The only difference is that instead of using  thick butter as a sealant, you would use a thick oil.

What method do you use to moisturize your natural hair?

 

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