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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:

Step 1

– 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. Try using the following products as your Liquid:

  • Water
  • Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk
  • Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
  • Cantu Leave-In Repairing Cream
  • Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
  • Bee Mine Juicy Spritz

Step 2

– Apply a thin layer of a natural oil to your child’s hair to help lock in the moisture. Try using the following oils:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Argan Oil

Step 3

– Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to the hair to seal that moisture in.  Try using the following products as your Cream:

  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
  • Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel
  • Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
  • Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding
  • As I Am Double Butter Cream

Step 4

– Style hair as desired.


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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.

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