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Variations of the LOC Method That Also Help Keep Hair Moisturized

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The #1 complaint of all parents of children with natural hair is the dryness and lack of moisture of their child’s hair. Since curly and coily hair is more prone to drying out, it is easy to see how this is a serious concern for many parents. The following variations of the L.O.C. method have been tried by many parents and have proven effective.

Remember to give each technique some time before discarding it. If you find that after time the technique you are using is not working, move on to another variation.

Technique 1: The original LOC Method

  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to the hair to seal that moisture in. Shea butter is PERFECT for this step! Other products you can try are: Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer or SheaMoisture Conditioning Curl Milk. 

Technique 2: LCO Method

  • (L – Liquid) : Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.

Technique 3: LOCS Method

  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  • (C – Cream) : Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to the hair to seal that moisture in. Shea butter is PERFECT for this step! Other products you can try are: Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer or SheaMoisture Conditioning Curl Milk.
  • (S – Sealant) : Seal in the moisture with a heavier butter. Mango and cocoa butters are perfect for this step.

Technique 4: LOCO Method

  • (L – Liquid) :  Use water or add a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hair that has been washed thoroughly. When searching for a good leave-in conditioner, a good rule of thumb to follow is to pick a leave-in with water (aqua) as its first ingredient. Products such as Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Cantu Leave-In Conditioner, or even Bee Mine Juicy Spritz will do the trick.
  • (O – Oil) : Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
  • (C – Cream)
  • (O – Oil) : Seal in the moisture with a thick oil such as castor oil, grapeseed oil or safflower oil.

This method is quite similar to the LOCS (Liquid-Oil-Cream-Sealing) method. The only difference is that instead of using  thick butter as a sealant, you would use a thick oil.

What method do you use to moisturize your child’s natural hair?

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9 Comments

  1. Mary

    August 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Interesting post. Love this article. Very informative and helpful. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Breeezy1030

    September 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This is definitely the only way to keep my dryness in check, an I use a homemade glycerin, pure organic oils and rose water to freshen up through the week. Whoever came up with this is a legend. Also I wanted to say that I’m so proud to represent for #team natural! It has been a pleasure getting to truly accept my god given tresses that so many people are envious of. I feel so special, y’all know what I mean!!

  3. KinkyPie

    September 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    These methods are awesome!I cannot wait to do these methods every day for my fluffy poodle hair! 😀

  4. Jacqui

    October 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Great information. I have been using this loc method on my daughters for about 4 months and have noticed a great improvement in their hair. It’s bouncy springy all the time and shiny. When I shampoo I always follow up with sheamoisture kids carrot and mango. And a leave in called Knicks curly knot today. Their hair de tangles must more easier, I’ve stopped combing it , been using my fingers and a tail comb to do parting.

  5. cassy

    December 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    interesting; the loc method started working for my daughter. i saw a difference in softness and growth but then it started getting rough again. i prob need to try LOCS or LOCO

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