The LOC method has the ability to let curlies go days without having to remoisturize their curls. LOC is an abbreviation for leave in conditioner, oil and cream. The name itself signifies the products a curly should apply as well as the order in which to apply them, making it an easy-to-remember curly routine.
What sets the LOC method apart from other methods is the layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention. The layer of moisture is effectively sealed in by two products which are both known to be excellent sealants like 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 this helps the hair stay moisturized for longer. By using oil then a thicker heavier butter on top you are ensuring that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft which is beneficial for curlies who struggle to maintain moisturized hair like myself this is why I decided to try the LOC method.
The method is so easy to incorporate into your routine because it involves using products you probably already own and simply changing the order in which you apply them to your hair. If you would like to start using the LOC method then simply follow these easy steps below:
Note: If your hair is thin use very little of the oil and butter because it will make your hair very greasy and appear thinner and that’s not the look you want.
These are the products I am currently using
First product examples:
Second products examples:
Note: you can use any of these oils instead of the coconut oil.
1. Extra virgin olive oil
2. Jamaican black castor oil
3. Jojoba oil
4. Argon oil
Step 1 – Apply a moisturizing water-based leave-in conditioner to cleansed hair
Step 2 – Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture
Step 3 – Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal that moisture in
Once done feel free to use your regular styling products to style your hair as normal.
The LOC method will work best for Type 4 coilies because they’re typically very thirsty. However, keep in mind that porosity will also determine whether or not this method works for you.
If your hair is normal to high porosity then you should have no problem with layering products on your hair. However, if you are a low porosity curly and attempt this method you could run the risk of having hair that is limp and oily and experience a lot of product build up. Lastly, if you’re not a Type 4 curly but still struggle with moisture retention then give the LOC method a try – it just might work.
If your curls are easily weighed down, or if you suffer from product build up you can limit the number of products you apply to your hair by applying a creamy or buttery product as your styler.
Also for curlies who are not strictly au naturel, you could swap out the oil for a silicone serum and replace the cream layer with grease which has since made a comeback in the natural haired community.
Make sure you try it out for at least 2 weeks or three wash sessions before deciding if it works. Now fall in love with the process of making your curls CURLFIDANT!