The LOC method is recommended for its ability to let naturals go days without having to re-apply moisture to their curls. LOC is an acronym for Leave in conditioner, Oil, and styling Cream. The name helps to signify the products and the order in which to apply them. The layering of products in a specific order separates this moisture retention method from the others. Moisture is effectively sealed in by the oil or butter [ie. shea butter] of choice, which are both known to be excellent sealants.
The LOC method consists of hydrating the hair with water, sealing in the moisture with oil, and then applying a styling cream to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.The sealants are known for their ability to create a layer along the hair shaft that helps to prevent water from being evaporated from it.This is beneficial for naturals who struggle to maintain moisturized hair especially throughout the cold seasons.
Because this method involves products you already own it is quite easy to implement as a regimen. Ultimately you are only changing the order in which you apply the products to your hair. If you would like to start using the LOC method then simply follow these easy steps below:
- L – Liquid: liquid [typically water] on your hair
- O – Oil: seal the liquid with an oil or butter
- C – Cream: lastly apply styling cream over the oil and liquid
3 Reasons the LOC method Works to Moisturize Hair
1. Water : Moisture
Adding water as the liquid to your hair is going to moisturize and hydrate. I use a spray bottle purchased at my local BSS [ beauty supply store ], but I’m sure they are also found at a local dollar store. The issue at hand is being able to retain the moisture from the water applied. Lets move on to the next 2 components of the L.O.C. method..
2. Oil Helps the Hair Hold on to Water Molecules
It’s true that oil and water don’t mix, but oils such as coconut, olive, and avocado oil have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and bind with the protein. These oils increase the hair’s ability to hold on to water molecules.This keeps the hair strong and prevents breakage. My current oil of choice is coconut or grapeseed to keep my hair soft and protect from any breakage. I mix the two [ water & oil ] in my spray bottle so that I can easily move on to the last step…
3. Cream Locks In Moisture
It is important that your cream lists water as its first ingredient, is moisturizing, and has the ability to seal the hair cuticle. Natural products that coat and seal the hair are ideal. Oils such as castor, grapeseed, and jojoba are great sealants. They lubricate and fill in gaps along the hair cuticle to prevent moisture loss. I’ve only used natural shea butter as my cream especially during the cold seasons because it isn’t too heavy on my hair, and locks in the moisture I’ve applied.
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