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The L.O.C. Method – Leave-In/Liquid, Oil, Cream

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If you are like most parents that struggle to keep their curly kids’ hair moisturized, then you might want to try the LOC method (Leave-In/Liquid, Oil, Cream). The LOC method has been praised by tons of parents for its ability to keep hair moisturized for days on end. The name signifies the order in which products should be applied to the hair. This layering of products ensures maximum moisture retention by using oils and butters to seal moisture in as they are notorious for their ability to prevent water from evaporating from the hair shaft. To start using the LOC method, follow these simple steps while using the suggested LOC method products:

Leave-In Conditioner

Applying a pH-balanced leave-in conditioner is important because it closes the cuticles of your child’s hair shaft. This ensures that all the nutrients and moisture that you added during washing and conditioning don’t escape. It also leaves your child’s hair super soft and alleviates breakage due to dry hair.Some great leave-in conditioners to use in your child’s hair regimen are:


Oil helps seal in moisture. Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture. Common oils are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.Some great oils to use in your child’s hair regimen are:

Step 4

– Style hair as desired.


What products do you use for your LOC method?

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  1. Jennifer

    September 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    how often should I do this process on my daughter? Her hair is really dry and damaged. Thanks. Love the info on your webpage

    • Natural Hair Kids

      September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      You should repeat this process whenever her hair gets dry and/or after washing and conditioning her hair. You can also refresh her hair using one of our DIY Moisturizing Sprays!

  2. Ann

    May 29, 2015 at 7:25 am

    My daughter is 4 years old and she is allergic to products containing Shea butter. She has 4c hair and very dry could pleas recommend some products for her hair thanks

    • Leanne

      May 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Try water and coconut oil/ olive oil. I put the oil and water in a spray bottle and I use it on daughter’s hair whenever it feels dry.

  3. Nay

    July 4, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I was wondering if keeping my daughters hair nice and moisturized will also help it to grow

    • Joanna

      February 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Yes moisture is essential for the hair to grow

  4. Risha

    September 21, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I just started using Jamaican castor oil. It is quite thick to apply on my daughters entire head,so I only put it on the spots that needs growing. Is there anything you suggest I do to make it easier to apply to her whole head?

    • sonide

      January 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      I use Haitian castor oil, same thing almost, and I suggest lightly applying with water.

  5. nikki

    February 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Is it safe to use a Water Bottle mixture of Aloe Vera (25%) Water (75%)?

  6. Amaka janelle joel

    March 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Please how will I get curls for my kids natural hair,please I need their curls back

  7. Alma

    May 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What do you recommend for dandruff

  8. Kimberly

    July 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this article — I really appreciate that it gives specific product recommendations. Often I read articles that tell me to buy a particular kind of product, but I don’t know exactly what to buy. We will definitely be trying this method.

  9. Tracy

    July 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    It’s possible to use just champoo to wash her hair too?

  10. Tracy

    July 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I just bought Jamaica black Castro oil,shea moisture African black soap conditioner,Shea moisture jbco strengthen grow and restore shampoo,shea moisture leave in conditioner,pure coconut oil,olive oil..for my little girls hair pls tel me how to use them on her hair and if there is any other one I need to add pls let me know..waiting for ur reply….

  11. Carrie

    January 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Trying to make my daughter hair grow natural, i have conbine pure coconut oil and castor together i apply on the roots and massage when i finish i put cantu conditions for kids in her hair and twisted is there anything else i should use to help it grow because she had a perm over a year her hair is very thick but have came out with not using perm she is 11 yrs and i am trying my best not to go but to perm. Please advised thanks concerned parent

  12. Mish

    September 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    For step 3 can I use Shea moisture kids butter cream ?

    • Arielle

      November 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Yes! I love that product. That’s what I use for my daughter.

  13. Alan

    December 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I’m learning to keep my 1 year olds hair moisturized. Can I use Shea Moisture Kids extra-moisturizing Detangler which has deionized water as step 1? Also what’s the best option for a butter based moisturizer for step 3, I have Shea Moisture Kids Curling Butter Cream, Shea Moisture Kids Nourish &Hydrate Styling Smoothie or Shea Moisture Ultra Healing All Over Hydration 100% Raw Shea Butter? Thank for any help you can give me.

  14. Ashley

    March 9, 2018 at 7:53 am

    What should I do for my daughter that is 3. Her hair has broken off tramendously and now I’m afraid to use any product. I don’t know what product caused the brakage.

  15. Tammy

    April 21, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I want to try this method, I want to stretch my relaxer for 6 months. is Amla oil suitable for the L.O.C Method?

  16. ERICA

    July 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm



    August 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I — USE ALOE VERA JUICE FROM (TRADER JOES) haitian or jamician castor
    oil with ORS hair lotion

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