If you have natural hair, then you’re likely already familiar with the LOC method. For those with curly hair, wavy hair, or coily hair, it can be hard for your locks to retain moisture. You may have even tried to lock in moisture by using leave-in conditioners and hot oil treatments to no avail. And that’s what brought you to the LOC method. If you aren’t in the know about this hair care technique and think you should be, AKA your thirsty hair is crying out for moisture, keep reading to get the 4-1-1 on the LOC method.
WHAT IS THE LOC METHOD?
The LOC method stands for liquid (or leave-in conditioner), oil, and cream. The technique consists of combining water or a water-based product, a hair oil of your choice, and a cream to retain moisture. The name itself signifies the order in which you should apply the products to ensure that your hair stays moisturized for longer. The goal of this trio of products is to help improve the overall look and feel of your hair.
The best way to grasp this concept is to think of your skin care routine. Just as a toner preps your skin for moisturizer, this method does the same for your hair. The liquid or leave-in conditioner is applied first and followed by an oil and a cream to help retain moisture. Think you want to give it a try? Read on to learn how to add the LOC method to your hair care routine.
HOW TO DO THE LOC METHOD
Ready to experience the wonders of the LOC method? Below, we’re sharing a step-by-step guide on how to do the LOC method.
1. GET YOUR HAIR READY
Follow through with your standard hair cleansing routine before moving on to attempting anything new. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that will gently cleanse your hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Used together, this system will replenish your hair with moisture and provide luminous shine.
2. APPLY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Once your hair is washed and detangled, you can select your choice of liquid. We recommend a lightweight leave-in conditioner that your hair can easily absorb. The L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion moisturizes, adds slip, and provides your hair with luminous shine without weighing your hair down. Part your hair in sections, re-wet your hair if dry, and apply the leave-in conditioner evenly through your mane.
3. OIL UP YOUR STRANDS
Once your hair is saturated with a leave-in conditioner, it’s time to apply your hair oil. You can use all different types of oils, but coconut oil is a popular product pick for this hair care method. We recommend reaching for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, which is formulated with coconut oil and will hydrate, nourish, and provide instant shine. Apply a drop or two on each section of your hair from root to tip.
4. FINISH WITH A HAIR CREAM
Now, you’re at the finish line. Seal your strands and lock in moisture with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil-In-Cream. Formulated with a blend of coconut oil and flower oils, this cream helps to hydrate your hair for long-lasting moisture. Grab a quarter-sized amount of cream, apply it to each section, and style as desired.
WHO SHOULD USE THE LOC METHOD?
Not sure if the LOC method is suitable for your hair type? The truth is, the LOC method works best for those with high porosity hair. High porosity hair types have strands that look and feel dry, have excess frizz, and air dry rather fast. If you’re not positive of your hair porosity level, check out our article, What Is Hair Porosity and How It Should Impact Your Hair Care Routine?
If you have low porosity hair and are still interested in the LOC method, you’ll want to make a slight change. The method that’s typically preferred for low porosity is the LCO method. As you might have guessed, the technique involves layering a liquid, then a cream, and lastly an oil. This slightly switched order can make a major difference in whether your hair ends up being weighed down by the products you’re layering onto your strands!
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