As a natural hair stylist I have experience with multiple textures. Hands down the L.O.C. method is one of the best ways to moisturize and retain moisture regardless of hair. But it may not work the same on every hair type. Being so, it’s important to know how to make it work for your hair in order to maximize moisture and keep hair as healthy as possible.
If you’re confused about your hair type, don’t fret here are some resources to help you: Everything You Need To Know About Hair Typing.
The original LOC method requires the use of a Liquid ( water or water based leave in), Oil (natural, essential oil of choice), and a Cream (creamy moisturizer). I stumbled upon this method in search of a way to seal in moisture after a bout of breakage and extreme dryness. This method saved my hair!
So, it only made sense for me to implement this when working with my clients. But, after encountering different types and textures, I had to tweak this method to optimize the moisture levels. Here are 3 Ways To Troubleshoot or Adjust the L.O.C. for your hair.
#1 L.C.O | Liquid Cream Oil for 4a/4b Hair
It’s so important to set the stage for whatever choice of styling you like. I have found that this method works best for fine to medium 4a/4b types. So after the use of a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, I always follow with a water based leave in conditioner such as
- Jane Carter Solutions Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner
- The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell
- Eden Body Works Coconut Shea All Natural Leave In
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream
After misting hair with leave in or working it through, I follow with a cream moisturizer
- Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
- Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter
- Jane Carter Solutions Hair Nourishing Cream
At this stage, I seal with my favorite oil which is either
- Softsheen Carson Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Sheen Seal Nectar
- Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum
- EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil
#2 L.O.C(S) | Liquid Oil Cream (Sealant) for 4b/4c Hair
During consultations, I have clients tend to mention having a hard time retaining moisture in medium to coarse 4b/4c hair types. I’ve learned that after a deep conditioning treatment rinsed with cool water, I will opt for a creamier leave in conditioner, which I mix with either argan oil or castor oil. After doing so, and working through thoroughly, I will use one of the moisturizers (listed above) and then end with a sealant. In this case, a sealant is described as a butter such as
- Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika HydrateTwist Butter
- Jane Carter Solution All Natural Nourish and Shine for Dry Hair
- Shine or Natty Naturals Natty Butter
This will seal in moisture and also set the perfect foundation for protective styling, providing long lasting moisture.
#3 L.O.C.O | Liquid Oil Cream Oil for Fine Hair
Though the methods listed above have proven very effective for me as a stylist, in my research, I’ve had clients refer to one other method used at home, in between visits. It’s the Liquid(leave in), Oil (light Oil – grapeseed, peppermint tea tree, etc), Cream moisturizer, and Oil (Heavy Oil – Castor Oil, Coconut, Olive, etc). Though similar to the #2 L.O.C.S. method, this, for fine/medium textures, won’t weigh the hair down.
So, a lot of times, it’s not necessarily what you are using, but the order in which the products are applied. Which method do you best prefer?