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.

The LOC method has been abuzz on the natural hair forums for its ability to let curlies go days without having to remoisturize their curls. LOC is 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 which are both known to be excellent sealants: 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 being evaporated from it and lost to 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 which is beneficial for curlies who struggle to maintain moisturized 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 below:

Step 1 – Apply a moisturizing water-based leave-in conditioner to cleansed hair
Step 2 – Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture
Step 3 – Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal that moisture in

Once done feel free to use your regular styling products to style your hair as normal.

The LOC method will work best for Type 4 coilies 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 and experience 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.

As with all things curly hair related it’s all about trial and error so 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 curlies 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 2 weeks or three wash sessions before deciding if it works.
As always remember to have love peace and curly haired bliss.

Do you use the LOC method? If so, share your experiences below along with your favorite product for each step!

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • dj

    have worn my hair without chemical free for the last 21 years, and have experimented with all types of products and processes along the way. layering products has made my hair so healthy and full! have alternated products over the years as my body goes through all it’s changes, estrogen levels and so forth, so some products may lose their effectiveness, but it is too much fun to search new products.

  • Blessed1Nae

    Great read!

  • Teri

    my hair loves this method

  • Nancy

    I flip between this & LCO method. Same, just reverse order. If you use the kimmaytube leave in recipe, it kind of covers it all.

  • Lioness

    I looooooove the LOC method! I was struggling for months to help my hair retain moisture but once I found out what worked for me I could go 3-4 days w/o moisturizing. Just wake up and run a little oil through my hair for shine and go! I use L: Cantu She Butter leave in, O: JBCO and a little bit of other oils, C: and shea butter. My hair is locked and loaded for half a week!

    • Ladylanita

      If they ever come up with a best inventions for natural hair (especially coily), I’m voting for the L.O.C. method. I don’t know who came up with the idea and coined the phrase, but this right here, I swear by it!

  • Wanda Herbert Romain

    <3 this method–just need to plan to do it more than twice a week (hair seems dry). Question: does Shea Moisture Curl Style Milk or Curling Smoothie work for the "C"? If not, please recommend a product (although I just purchase this wonder product for my deep conditioner).