Is This The Secret To Manageable Hair?

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If your curls absorb more water than a Sham Wow towel, yet they're forever crying out for more moisture, then it may just be time to try out the LOC method. It's been abuzz on the natural hair forums for its ability to let curly-haired ladies go days without having to re-moisturize their curls. An abbreviation for leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream, the name itself signifies the products a curly should apply as well as the order in which to apply them, making it an easy-to-remember curly routine.

What sets the LOC method apart from other methods is the layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention. The layer of moisture is effectively sealed in by two products: oil and butter. Both oil and butter are praised for their ability to create a layer along the hair shaft that helps to prevent water from evaporating into the atmosphere, thus helping the hair to stay moisturized for longer. By using oil, then a thicker, heavier butter on top, you are ensuring that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft. This is beneficial for curly-haired babes who struggle to maintain moisturized, frizz-free hair.

The method is so easy to incorporate into your routine because it involves using products you probably already own, and simply changing the order in which you apply them to your hair. If you would like to start using the LOC method, then simply follow these easy steps:

Directions
1. Apply a moisturizing water-based leave-in conditioner to cleansed hair.
2. Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture.
3. Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal that moisture.
Once done, feel free to use your regular styling products to style your hair as normal.

Porosity
The LOC method will work best for ladies with type 4 hair, as our coils and kinks are typically very thirsty. However, keep in mind that porosity will also determine whether or not this method works for you.

If your hair is normal-to-high porosity, then you should have no problem with layering products on your hair. However, if you are a low porosity curly, and attempt this method, you could run the risk of having hair that is limp and oily, with a lot of product build up. Lastly, if you’re not a type 4 curly, but still struggle with moisture retention, then give the LOC method a try — it just might work.

Alternatives
As with all things curly hair-related, it’s all about trial and error. If your current routine isn’t quite cutting it, then give this method a try, and modify it to suit your needs. If your curls are easily weighed down, or if you suffer from product build up, you can limit the number of products you apply to your hair by applying a creamy or buttery product as your styler.

Also for curly-maned ladies who are not strictly au naturel, you could swap out the oil for a silicone serum and replace the cream layer with grease, which has since made a comeback in the natural haired community. Make sure you try it out for at least two weeks, or three wash sessions before deciding if it works. As always, remember to have love, peace, and curly-haired bliss.

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