The impenetrable dam is how we can define the LOC method, which relies on styling products’ in logical order to lock in moisture in the hair. In other words, we can say that the LOC method solves the rapid loss of moisture that most curlies suffer from, even if they apply the required amount of moisture on their curls.
Sometimes curlies give up after several futile attempts to moisturize their hair, trying different products, but all they get is messy dryness. The fault is thinking about hair moisturizing and ignoring the thought of keeping this moisture in the curly hair. If you are one of those people, then the LOC method may help.
What does the LOC method mean?
it’s a technique focused on layering of styling products in a specific order to keep moisture locks in hair, where the LOC method stands for Liquid/Leave-in conditioner, Oil, Cream.
Most styling methods focus on the techniques and ignore the importance of arranging those products. In general, constant experimenting is an essential step to get suitable routines and strategies for your curls. That’s why some curlies make some changes in the LOC method by replacing the product arranging (LCO method) to suit their hair nature. But both ways focused on the specific order of products.
The method focuses on moisturizing curly hair and retaining that moisture in the hair as long as possible, making LOC perfect for every curly person suffering from dryness in their curls. Still, dryness is not the only factor that plays a role in deciding to follow the LOC method, There are other factors related to hair nature; we’ll discuss it in the article.
Is the LOC method suitable to all hair types?
The hair type is essential to decide if the LOC method will give the required results. This method will mostly suit curly and coily hair more than wavy hair because they are dryer than other types. However, hair type is not the main factor here; hair porosity is the rule, but to be more accurate, let us discuss all the elements which play a role major in answering the following question, “who should use the LOC method“:
Hair porosity: the hair has the ability to absorb moisture (water, moisturizing products) and retain it. There are three hair porosity, high, medium, and low porosity. high porosity hair is the most needed to do the LOC method to lock in the moisture in curls and solve moisture loss.
Hair type: LOC depends mainly on using heavy products like oil and cream, so here we should focus on the crucial idea about applying this method on wavy hair and thin hair will lead to products build-up, and as a result, their curls will weigh down, especially if the hair porosity is low.
Damaged hair: if your hair is damaged because of heat or chemical processes or color-treated, that means your hair has high porosity, and it loses its moisture quickly. So here, it doesn’t matter what your hair type is. You need a method like LOC to fix that damage and retain the moisture in your hair.
LOC method steps guide
No matter what curly hair routine you follow, you can add the LOC method as a styling step. It is important to follow the following steps to obtain the desired result from this method.
Step 1: Apply Liquid (leave-in conditioner)
In this step, your hair should be wet, so you can do the LOC method after a shower or spray your hair with a water bottle until you make sure that it is moist enough. After that, you have to divide your hair into sections to ensure products are evenly distributed across the hair.
Put an appropriate amount of your leave-in conditioner on your palm, then apply it on your hair by scrunching or any method you prefer. You can mix leave-in with water then spray your hair to make this step easier and faster.
This step is so important to provide your hair with the wanted moisture to lock it in hair by the next steps.
Step 2: apply oil
As we know, water and oil don’t mix, so the oil will make a layer to cover the hair and retain the moisture in it. Apply a thin layer of oil and be careful because extra oil may cause many issues like greasy hair and weigh down your curls. The type of oil you should use also depends significantly on hair’s porosity, where you have to choose stable oils like coconut oil for low porosity and monounsaturated oils like argan oil for medium porosity. For high porosity, it’s better to use polyunsaturated oils like grapeseed and wheat oils.
Step 3: Apply the cream.
For this last step, use whatever moisturizing cream you used in your curly hair routine. This cream will hold your curls and ensure that the moisture is sealed in your hair. Ensure the amount of cream is sufficient for your hair, start with a small amount and then add more if you feel your hair needs more.
What to do if the LOC method didn’t work with you
Before judging the method as a failure, you must try it at least three times to make sure that the method does not suit the nature of your hair, because sometimes some other factors may interfere with the success or failure of this method or any other method. Here are some steps that you can try out before judging the method:
Reduce the amount of oil and cream: if you notice that this method weigh down your curls and make it greasy, that’s mean you put more than the required amount of oil or cream, so reduce the amount of them, and you can try to give up using cream and see if the results are more satisfactory.
Make sure that your hair is wet enough before applying leave-in: not just for this method. In general, using enough water to your hair is an important step before applying styling products to give your hair the required moisturizing it needs. Above that, you have to use leave-in water-based because we use leave-in to moisturize the hair before covering it with oil and cream.
Try different styling products/ methods: Maybe the wrong isn’t with the method itself, but rather the type of product you’re using, so try other oil, cream, and leave-in. Also, the styling method plays a factor in the latest result.