NEED TO KNOW: The LOC Method for Naturalista Curls
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There’s a lot of cool jargon and acronyms within the natural hair space, but if there’s one term that you need to know it’s definition LOC. The LOC method is a popular technique used to hydrate thick, coarse, curly, coily, and textured natural hair. Most natural hair textures don’t easily retain moisture, which makes the LOC method a life-saver for naturalistas everywhere. To break it down, LOC stands for “liquid, oil, cream.” Obviously, liquid (water) is the ultimate way to get some moisture into your strands, but what keeps it there are the oil and cream. Learn more about this tried and true natural hair hack below.
STEP 1: LIQUID AND/OR LEAVE IN CONDITIONER
Start by sectioning your hair into quarters. Coat your hair with spritz of water or a water-based leave-in conditioner. If using water, make sure to not damped or soak your hair. Your hair should be moist, not overly saturated.
STEP 2: OIL
Oil + water? WTF?! When it comes to natural hair, oil and water are the perfect pair. Oil penetrates the strands, helping your hair to hold on to the water. Coconut or olive oil works great for this step. Starting from the root and ending at the tip, smooth a dime-size drop of oil down the shaft of each section of hair.
STEP 3: CREAM
Now that your hair is retaining that moisture, seal it all in with your favorite cream or butter. Natural stuff like whipped shea butter or store shelf goodies like Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue are perfect sealants that also allow for curl definition and bounce.
OPTIONAL STEP 4: OIL SEALANT (THIS MAKES IS A LOCO METHOD)
If your hair can handle the extra moisture without being weighed down, try an extra sealant for long-lasting hydration. As a gal with a thick, coarse, and coily afro, I usually opt for the LOCO over the LOC method. Applying sealing oils, like castor or jojoba, will keep your hair feeling soft and hydrated for days.
How do you moisturize your curls? Let us know in the comments below.