Many of you may be familiar with the L.O.C. Method. I wanted to introduce you to what I call the L.B.C. Method that I use during colder months. First, let’s review!
The L.O.C. Method is a method of applying products to maintain the moisture level of your hair.
The “L” is for Liquid:
· Water-based Liquid conditioners
· Water-based Creamy conditioners
The “O” is for Oil:
· Natural oils
· Synthetic oils
The “C” is for Cream:
· Curl creams
· Creamy conditioners
· Cream moisturizers
You layer these products on wash day to keep the hair moisturized for as long as possible. Apply the liquid first, then oil, then cream. Remember…Water = Moisture. You use the other products to seal in the moisture. This method is best suited for high-porosity hair (hair that dries quickly) or “normal” porosity hair. Low-porosity curlies may experience build-up that can lock-out moisture, which is the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.
I LOVE this method in the summer, but in the winter my strands need heavier products. For me, that means keeping the liquids and creams the same but trading in the oil for a butter. Hence, the L.B.C. Method.
I have highly porous, 3C hair that is thin, but dense and my butter of choice is shea butter. To get the most nourishment you should use unrefined shea butter, but I am just not a fan of the smell. I’ve tried several brands of raw shea, even scented versions, but still can’t get with it. I opt for NOW Solutions 100% Shea Butter that I purchase from iHerb.com, which is refined. The natural shea butter smell is absent…it has a very light, fresh scent and is so creamy!
So during the cooler months, on freshly washed and conditioned hair I add a water-based conditioner, then shea butter, then a curl cream to set my twist-out or braid-out. Liquid…Butter…Cream, LBC!