The “Liquid, Oil, Cream Method” (also known as LOC Method) for
natural and curly hair has been proven time and time again to provide
intense moisture and definition. In the winter time, many curlies lose
moisture because of dry climatic conditions, so the LOC Method is often
used on wash days to provide and prolong healthy hydration to the curl.
You may find that in the winter time your hair needs more products and a
few extra steps to keep it moisturized. If this sounds like you, then
follow this simple guide to the LOC Method.
The LOC Method, in order–
Water is the ultimate form of moisture. It is all
natural, easy to get access to, and your curls love it. During wash days
we use it regardless, so the oil and cream components are a must.
Oil can be chosen depending on which one your hair
responds to best. Some curlies prefer jojoba oil because it absorbs
well, and is great for those with sensitive scalp. Others might opt for
olive oil because of its viscosity–thick, and heavy enough to produce
great results on medium to high porosity hair. Coconut oil is also a
great option because of its ability to penetrate the hair shaft and hold
on to water and reduce protein loss.
Creams are important because they moisturize and
seal the oil and water to the hair shaft. But be cautious of the word
‘cream’; the best option is to use a leave-in cream versus a
curling/styling cream. They act differently, and a leave-in provides the
sealing properties your curls need. Use a styling cream, gel, mousse,
etc. afterward to lock the style into place for the day. Raw shea butter
is also an effective option.