If you’ve never heard of the LOC method for natural hair then it’s definitely time that you did.
The LOC method consists of three different steps, liquid, oil, cream.
Though the three different steps can be mixed around (as we’ll discuss a little more later), this version is the basic one and works well for those who have medium to coarse hair.
The three steps help to get your hair in better shape and make sure that you are ready to do anything you want with your hair.
Why Should You Use the LOC Method for Natural Hair?
If you do have natural hair, however, how is the LOC method going to help you?
Well, it’s actually super simple.
There are three steps and three different ways that the LOC method helps to get more moisture into your hair and make sure that it stays there.
For natural hair this is extremely important, since it tends to dry out a whole lot faster than other types of hair.
Liquid A.K.A. Water
The water helps to increase the moisture in your hair in general. This first stage doesn’t necessarily have to be pure water, but for some, water in a spray bottle is a great way to get the right amount of moisture directly into the hair.
Next, you want to get a good, healthy oil. This is generally going to be coconut, olive or avocado oil that will help to penetrate through the hair and into the roots.
This is going to help increase the protein in the hair and it will help your hair hold in water even better.
The cream you put in your hair can be just about anything. For some people ‘cream’ may not seem like a good idea, but it’s actually great at locking the moisture and water into your hair.
The cream should have some type of moisturizing capability. It doesn’t have to be a true cream, however, and can be simply a sealant product.
How it Works
So let’s say you’re ready to get started with the LOC method for natural hair. You want to make sure you’re doing it right and getting the best possible benefits for your hair.
You want it to look great and be ready for whatever you want. The LOC method helps with that.
Step 1: Apply Liquid
The first step is to put some liquid in your hair. You can do it with water, as mentioned, or you can use a water-based leave-in conditioner.
Step 2: Apply Oil
There are all different types of oil out there as mentioned above. The specific one you want, however, is one that works out best for your hair type. Grapeseed or almond oil work well for low porosity hair.
For medium or higher level porosity hair works well with argan oil or castor oil. Low to medium hair works well with tea tree oils or other sealing products.
Step 3: Add Cream
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cream, for those who don’t like these types of products or for whom they don’t really work. But you need to use a product that can seal in all of the moisture.
You’ll definitely get more of the moisture over an extended period this way.
Step 4: Optional Styling
If you need more to make your hair look great or just the way you want you can also add some styling products after you’ve applied your cream to get just the right look.
This is entirely optional, so if you like your hair before the styling products you can leave it alone.
Variation of the LOC Method
Just like anything else, the LOC method is not the only option when it comes to improving the moisture in your natural hair. There are two other alternatives that you may want to check out as well.
These consist of the same products but in a slightly different order. That way, you can get something ideal for your type of hair.
In this form you’re going to use your liquid first, just like the original but you’re going to put the cream in as the second step and the oil as a third.
This works great for those who have fine to medium textured hair.
For those who have fine hair, adding even more oil can be a great option. You want to start with liquid then a light oil, such as almond or grapeseed.
Then follow it with cream and then a heavier oil. This helps to improve the amount of moisture that can be trapped in the hair.
There are other alternatives and areas where you can use alternatives as well. For example, those who aren’t worried about being 100% natural can choose to swap out the oil in any of these versions for some type of silicone serum. Keep in mind that this only works if you don’t mind less than 100% natural (that definitely bears repeating).
Next, if you’re not so sure about cream for your hair, grease is a great alternative to help lock in that moisture.
Not everyone is a fan, but this is definitely starting to become more popular with a lot of people. It creates a different look to your hair and makes sure you don’t need styling products as much when you’re done.
Wrapping it Up
Anyone with natural hair should be looking at ways to improve their hair texture and moisture in order to get the exact look that they’re going for.
The LOC method for natural hair is the ideal way to do that, because it attacks the issue from three different directions. It can make your hair more receptive to moisture in the first place, provide the moisture and make sure that your hair is locking that moisture in. In the long run, all three of those things will help you with just a little bit of your time at the beginning of the day and it’s a simple method of using the LOC method for natural hair.