L.O.C Method of Moisturizing Natural Hair

“Ouch!!!” Do you always say that whenever you comb your hair? Do you experience serious pain when your hair is left out for more than two days? You might be missing out on the important benefits of LOC method.

Moisturizing is an integral part of natural hair care. Natural hair especially 4c hair type can’t survive without adequate moisture. 

LOC simply stands for liquid, oil and cream. It is a common terminology in natural hair community. LOC is a process that keeps our hair moisturized a bit longer than usual, about 2 to 3 days.

LOC products

  1. Liquid: The liquid can be a leave in conditioner preferably a water based leave in or just water. Water is the best moisturizer for natural hair.
  2. Oil: The oil seal in the moisture from the first step. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, castor oil etc are examples of oils that can be used.
  3. Cream: For cream or butter, you can use shea or mango butter or any natural hair friendly curl or twist defining cream.

How to moisturize using LOC method

  • Put your hair in 6 or 8 sections.
  • Spritz the section you are working on with water or water based leave in conditioner.
  • Apply a thin layer of oil from roots to ends making sure your ends (the weakest part) isn’t neglected to prevent tangles, knots and breakage.
  • Apply the cream next from roots to ends to give the hair more definition and more sealing.

Benefits of LOC method

  •  It makes hair softer and manageable.
  • It prevent tangles and knots.
  • It prevent split ends 
  • Reduce pain while styling.
  • Minimize breakage 
  • Prevents excessive dryness.
  • Minimize frizz.
  • Keep the hair shiny.
  • Helps with hair growth.

    If the LOC method doesn’t work for you, you can also try LCO (liquid, cream and oil) method, it is also very effective. Also, LOC method works best for people with low porosity hair and LCO for those with high porosity hair.

    What method do you use in moisturizing your hair, LOC or LCO? What products do you use for LOC method? Please share your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks so much for reading.

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    This Post Has 58 Comments

    1. Peoniesandrubies

      My 4c hair loves this method. Sometimes I just combine the water+leave in+oil in my spray bottle and follow up with a cream afterward. Great post๐Ÿ‘

      1. Yeah, LOC is 4c hair best friend…… I also use the method you mention once in a while too….. Thanks for reading.

      1. You are welcome, Nifemi. Thanks for reading. I will check out your posts too.

    2. Igho Augustina

      Am turning my hair natural and am going to benefit from this. Thanks for sharing

      1. You are going to enjoy the natural journey.. You are welcome, thanks for reading.

    3. Fajana Damilola Christiana

      great tip thanks for sharing

    4. This my 4c hair ehnnnnn, combing it is like trying to win a world cup … I might just try these method. Thanks for sharing ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

      1. Lmao, 4c hair struggle is so real… Sometimes, I just don’t wanna deal with it. It breaks, tangles and shrink easily…… You are welcome love, LOC is our 4c hair best friend.

        1. 2 days ago I contemplated retouching my hair. Like you said, the hair can break.
          I tire my sister ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          1. Retouching??? Please don’t!!! It can be tiring. Try the LOC method, it will help.

    5. Kenny Olapade

      I use both. Thanks for sharing dear โคโค

    6. omobim1

      Thanks for the great tips, I needed this.

    7. pursuitofnatural

      Great article. I’ve used LCO for years now, and I do believe my porosity is on the higher side, except my roots take longer to dry.

    8. AstridOxford

      Even though I use this method for my hair I never knew what it was officially called! Great post, as usual!

      1. Am excited the post has enlightened you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    9. Janette

      I’m going to try this L.O.C method

    10. Rima

      Great tips for all.

    11. mynameisvektor

      Thank you very much. These are some great tips ๐Ÿ˜€ i find it awesome that you mentioned what is best for our hair depending on our porosity. Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ’œ:) i will definitely try the LOC method

      1. You are welcome….. Thanks so much Vektor, I’m glad you gonna give it a try. Thanks for stopping by.

    12. Jessica Hugo

      LOC of life!!! My 4c hair loves this method. Most times I just use spray bottle mixed with water and jojoba oil then proceed to shea mix. Great post BTW. ๐Ÿ‘
      http://jessicahugoinspire.com

      1. Yeah, I use this method to, it’s the best for lazy naturals, lol. Thanks for stopping by dear

    13. Luna

      Hello, another girl with 4c hair here! I tried this method once and it dried my hair out, but your post has convinced me to try it again. Hope it’ll work out this time haha.
      https://femsintostem.wordpress.com

      1. It dried your hair out??? What products did you use?? Please try again and lemme know. Thanks, naturalista sis

        1. Luna

          I used argan oil for the oil and shea moisture for the cream

          1. OK dear, maybe you should try using coconut or olive oil instead. Sheamoisture is OK, what did you use for the liquid? Sorry for the late reply.

            1. Luna

              I used water haha, I heard its the best moisturizer for hair?

            2. doingitnaturalblog

              Yes, it is. Just wanted to be sure. You can also try shea butter for the cream.

    14. Carley Redd

      I`ve always used the LCO method but i think i may try this method now lol! Great post!

      1. Try it out dear, lemme know how it went. Thanks for reading, #teamnatural

    15. TheDMDiaries

      I’m such an LCO girl!! I wouldn’t survive without this method.

    16. Seuntee

      i really don’t usually have issues while combing my hair but my hair is so much and jam packed that even after combing, it still gives this rough look…Would like your advice Nurse

      1. You are so fortunate not to have issues with combing through your hair. With the rough look, I guess you mean frizz.
        Are you washing your hair everyday? Doing so can strip your hair off its natural oils and make your hair frizzy. Limit hair washing to about twice a week.
        Don’t rub your hair rigorously with towel, this is also another cause of frizz. Gently use your towel to squeeze out excess water.
        What products do use your hair? What type of shampoo, hair cream??? Your hair products can be drying out your hair leading to frizz.
        Also, always ensure your hair is still damp before you apply your styling products, this is to keep your hair moisturized a bit longer.
        I hope you find these tips helpful. I will soon write a post on frizz.

        1. Seuntee

          So helpful…thanks. What hair care products would you recommend?

          1. I would recommend you get a conditioner, Vo5 or vinoz, sulfate free shampoo or melt dudu osun in water and use as shampoo, Shea butter and coconut oil. You can also get a leave in conditioner.

    17. Emeka Ofili

      Great piece. It was helpful Just signed on for this coconut thing.

    18. cafeavectwali

      For me, the LCO method worked better. I use water, vatika styling cream & olive oil or an oil mix I have. My twists always look so moisturised & pretty! ๐Ÿ˜€

    19. lolatalkssite

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    20. arsenios

      Your whisker products can be drying out your whisker leading to frizz.
      Don’t hang-up your whisker rigorously with towel, this is also another causal agent of frizz.

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