As a new curly girl, I feel so accomplished and empowered. You ask why? Well because my no-heat mission to restoring my curls anniversary is on December 31st. On that day last year, I took a vow to dedicate time to learning my curls, and giving them love and attention. While my curls have come a long way, I still have ways to go, and even so people are always asking me for tips. Recently someone asked me about the LOC Method and what was my routine. Now while I keep it simple with a leave-in and gel, at times I do go back to this method depending on what my hair is asking for.
If your hair is anything like mine and it absorbs water like you’re stranded in the Sahara Desert, then it may be time to try the LOC method. Many hair platforms and curly influencers either have recommended this method or use it themselves. Honestly, depending on your hair type, the LOC method has the ability for us curlies go days without having to refresh – and who doesn’t want that?
Okay, so what does LOC stand for?
LOC is an abbreviation for leave in conditioner, oil, and cream. This is the order you should apply the products, making it super easy to remember and add to your curly arsenal. Now why is setting your products in this order key? For starters, oil and butter are excellent sealants for moisture and will be sure to keep your hair hydrated for longer. By following the oil with a thicker butter-based moisturizer like the SuperCream from Devacurl you are helping to keep as much moisture as possible for us curlies who struggle with maintaining moisturized hair.
What are the steps to this so-called LOC method?
The LOC method is so simple to incorporate into your routine, especially because I’m sure you’re using products that you already own and will simply need to change the order. Keep reading to see the easy steps when adapting the LOC method below:
Step #1: Get your Leave-in Game On
The leave-in or liquid used will provide moisture and seal it in for the next steps. I recommend using a water-based, leave-in conditioner such as Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner , SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk , and Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish.
Step #2: Si no es Goya tiene que ser bueno AKA Oil
Up next, apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture. The oil that you apply of course will vary based on the porosity of your hair. To learn more about porosity click here. Now in terms of oils, if you know what type of porosity you have, see below:
For high porosity: Castor or Olive
For normal porosity: Jojoba or Grapeseed
For low porosity: Avocado or Argan Oils
Step #3: The Buttery Finish AKA Cream
The last and final step is to apply the butter-based creamy moisturizer that will seal the deal (or the moisture in). Depending on the cream you use, it can provide your curls with definition and hold. Some of the popular curl creams that I use include are SuperCream from Devacurl, Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, and Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme.
Who benefits from the LOC Method?
Whether you are someone who has high porosity hair or hair that always feels dry, the LOC Method is for you! However please note that the type of porosity plays a role in whether this method is for you or not. No matter your curl pattern, this method can work with a few tweaks here and there. For example, my hair is between low and normal porosity so I tend to put very little oil in my hair. My overall advice is to try it out at least three wash sessions before deciding if it’s for you.