Everything you need to know to moisturize natural hair

The LOC method is the hands on the best ways to hydrate natural hair. And it's done in 3 easy steps !!!

Moisturizing natural hair is a dual process.

Each step in your hair routine should either 1.) add moisture or water to your hair or 2.) help maintain or prevent moisture loss.

When you understand the purpose, your hair regimen is easier to moisturize more effectively.

Below I give you a complete breakdown for natural hair. But you can also use it on casual hair as well. You will also find ways to apply it to each type of 4 hair: 4a, 4b and 4c, textures; thick, thin or fine, porosity; normal, low and hair

What does LOC Method mean?

LOC method or L.O.C. Method involves liquid oil cream method !!!

Rochelle Alikay Graham-Campbell from Alikay Naturals credits himself to measuring the term and brand it.

What is Liquid Oil Cream Method or LOC Method and how does it work?

The Liquid Oil Cream Method or L.O.C. Method is a technique for moisturizing hair.

It consists of hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product that is yours liquid, seal in the moisture with oil and then apply one cream product to close the hair clip that prevents moisture loss.

L.O.C. Method or liquid oil cream method is a guide for how to apply your products to ensure that your hair is moist and stays longer.

It is one of the best ways to moisturize when it is done with the right products and in the right order. in three easy steps.

The consist by hydrating the hair with water which is yours liquid or L, hold on to that moisture oil or O and then apply one cream (C) product for closing the hair pins that prevent moisture loss or act as a seal.

Here's why it works !!!

LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) The method moisturizes natural hair in 3 simple step.

It is scientifically one of them best way to re-hydrate natural hair when done with the right products and in the right order.

Let's explore 3 reasons why it really works to moisturize your hair.

Many women with natural hair have had great success with this method. This is completely understandable. It really makes sense.

I used this method long before I realized it was a name for it. When it comes to getting my hair care information from the internet, I always ask the science behind it.

If you are interested in finding out more. I highly recommend my best-selling guide to healthy hair. Check here for more information

Here is an updated version of how to use the LOC method after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair.

Three reasons The LOC method works to moisturize hair

1. Water equals moisture

When it comes to moisturizing, water is moist. Its a no-brainer that puts water that the liquid in your hair will moisturize and hydrate.

The question holds that moisture from water. And that's where the other 2 components of L.O.C. The method comes into play.

Read: Which products should be used for the LOC method

2. Oil helps the hair to stick to the water molecules

It is this method that loses some people. And for good reason. It is true that oil and water do not mix. And if you do not use oils that penetrate the hair, it is best to use your cream before your oil or LCO method.

However, some natural oils have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and bind with the hair's internal structure or protein. These oils are coconut, olive oil and avocado oil.

They increase the hair's ability to stick to the water molecules. Coconut oil is also polar and saturated oils and has been shown to help reduce protein loss during each shampoo. This keeps the hair strong and prevents breakage.

Read: 5 ways Coconut oil helps prevent hair damage

3. Cream Locks In Moisture

It's a little controversy about what is a suitable cream. Some women consider their balm creams, or their styling products. And this is okay. Many of these products have ingredients that will act as a sealant for moisture.

But it is important that your cream is moisturizing. Your cream in this case should seal the haircut or act as a sealant. Personally, I use my inlet conditioner as my cream.

But let's not get stuck on the word cream. Because the best creams for this method may or may not be creams. The purpose of the cream component is to seal or lock in moisture introduced from L&O.

Natural products that seal and cover the hair are perfect. They are more likely to retain moisture but still allow the hair to absorb additional moisture during rehydration between shampoos or water.

The best coating oils are Castor, Grapeseed and Jojoba. They act as sealants. They can also act as a plasticizer that lubricates and fills gaps along the haircut to prevent moisture loss.

If you have extremely dry hair and / or live in harsh winter climates, consider using natural butter like Shea or Mango as your cream for this step. I get the best styling results when I seal my ends with whipped Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Gel. But I usually only reserve whipped shea butter for the winter months.

Read more: LOC, LCO or LOCO: What is the best order for your hair type

How to do the LOC method on any hair type

Let's do a quick breakdown of the L.O.C method or that I like to call the moisturizing product storage method.


In order to reap most benefits, your fluid should always be water especially during your laundry routine.

Again, the LOC method is more about efficient product storage.

Your first step in dampening your hair should always be to add moisture.

Water = Moisture

But it is ok to use a water-based product or spray water on the hair between the wash days.

This means that you can do it every day depending on how your hair is styled.

You will remember to mention my daily moisturizing dim containing distilled or spring water, aloe vera juice and vegetable glycerin.

The first two ingredients are available at your local grocery store.

You can buy vegetable glycerin here It really makes a difference.

It softens the hair and helps it get moisture better when you read before.

O Oil

The type of oil you use is very important.

There are lots of oils and they all have a lot of benefits. But some oils are on the hair while others have the ability to absorb or penetrate the inner structure of the hair.

Read on for more information on penetrating oils.

Oils will not add moisture to your hair. I'm sure you know it.

But penetrating oils act as moisturizers in the sense that they help the hair retain or retain moisture from water. Feel free to read why these 3 oils are the best for your hair and how they help to moisturize your hair.

"Coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil are hair penetrating oils"

Cream C

Cream causes some confusion because there is no real or wrong cream product. It's about personal preference. As long as your cream seals in moisture, all is well!!! But we talked about it, remember?

Effective product storage helps you get the full moisturizing benefits of your hair regimen resulting in healthier and longer hair.

3 things you can do when the LOC method does not work

First, if your hair is dry after attempting this, you may have a product structure. It just means it's time to shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo.

Check out more about clarifying shampoos here.

Second, try changing order in which you use the products or add additional products. See more below.

Liquid, Cream, Oil (LCO) Method for low porosity hair

Stock products called LCO Method work as the LOC method, but it is a simple switcheroo.

On the hair we allow to control how much moisture is absorbed and how quickly it evaporates. The hair can be wet or moist, with heavy or light fluids, creams and oils.

Let's examine how low porosity strands respond to the LOC method.

When saturated with a liquid, the low porosity hair will slowly absorb and retain only the moisture needed.

Once a cream added, it will absorb the water content of the product, giving the rest to coat and seal its strands. Then, when oil is applied, the two outermost layers will be mixed to form a thicker barrier to protect the wires.

Depending on how low the hair's porosity is, this cream and oil mixer can let the hair weigh down and dirty.

LOC method for high porosity hair

High-porous hair Often responds more favorably to storage creams and oils. When it is soaked, it quickly absorbs more fluid than needed, causing swelling and lifting of the waves.

Once a cream applied, it absorbs a lot of the product and leaves only a little to cover and relax / smooth the nails. The right oil will be mixed with the cream layer and create a lighter and more flexible coating.

Adding oil to a liquid can protect hair with high porosity by sealing its cuticles and preventing hygral fatigue. These are injuries that occur during repeated expansion and assignment of hair fibers. After penetration, a small portion of the oil is left to coat the hair. When a cream is applied, what is needed is absorbed and what remains is a protective coating against environmental elements (evaporation, harmful sun rays, etc.).

If you have high porosity hair, here are 4 things you can do to improve hair porosity.

In the same way as the above routine, the LOC method can leave low porosity hair balanced with product construction. To prevent this, consider using a light oil as opposed to thick, penetrating ones such as coconut and olive oil. Jojoba, sweet almond and argan oils will coat the hair while still allowing the wire to breathe. Then, when a cream is applied, the hair will feel smooth and smooth without greasy.

Which is best for low or high porosity?

Just like every piece of hairline, you have to experiment and see what you and your hair enjoy.

For low porosity hairs that are also very thick, stratification cannot cause product build-up so you do not need to change oil or cream.

If you have a product building, try to eliminate a layer at a time to see which gives maximum moisture (LC or LO).

For hairs that are very porous or have high porosity but not tired, LCO is your way to go. And if not? Try LOCing in moisture with oil first to kiss dry, boring lifeless hair goodbye.

Stylist recommendation for hair types 4a, 4b and 4c as well as fine hair

Markeita S. Pruitt, a natural hair stylist with more than 15 years of experience in several textures, shares how to use the LOC method on the following

  • 4a / 4b Hair type
  • 4b / 4c hair type
  • & Nice hair

Hands down L.O.C. The method is one of the best ways to moisturize and retain moisture regardless of hair. But it cannot work equally on all hair types.

If you're confused about your hair type, don't worry here are some resources to help you: Everything you need to know about hair type.

Being so, it is important to know how to make it work for your hair to maximize moisture and keep your hair as healthy as possible.

The original LOC method requires the use of a Loctopus (water or water based leave) Oil (natural, essential oil of choice) and a Cream (creamy moisturizer).

I stumbled upon this method in search of a way to seal in moisture after a break in crime and extreme dryness. This method saved my hair!

So it was just for me to do this when I was working with my clients. However, having encountered different types and textures, I had to adjust this method to optimize the moisture level.

# 1 L.C.O | Liquid cream oil for 4a / 4b Hair

It is so important to set the stage for which choice of styling you want. I have found that this method works best for fine to medium size 4a / 4b types. So after using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, I always follow a water-based leave in the conditioner as

Water-based wastewater

After losing hair with leaving or working through, I follow with a cream moisturizer. Below are some stylist recommendations.

At this stage I seal with mine favorite oil which is either

# 2 L.O.C (S) | Liquid oil cream (sealant) for 4b / 4c hair

During consultations, I have clients a tendency to mention that it is difficult to maintain moisture in medium to coarse 4b / 4c hair types. I have learned that after a deep conditioning treatment rinsed with cold water, I will choose a creamier leave in the conditioner, which I mix with either argan oil or castor oil.

After doing so, and working through thoroughly, I will use one of the humidifiers (listed above) and finish with a sealant. In this case, a sealant is described as a butter such as

This seals in moisture and also provides the perfect foundation for protective styling, providing long-lasting moisture.

# 3 L.O.C.O | Liquid oil cream oil for fine hair

Although the above methods have proved to be very effective for me as a stylist, in my studies I have had customers refer to another method used at home, between visits. It is the Liquid (leaves), Oil (light oil – Grapeseed, Peppermint tea tree, etc), Cream moisturizer, and Oil (heavy oil – Castor Oil, Coconut, Olive, etc).

Although similar to # 2 L.O.C.S. Method, this, for fine / medium textures, will not weigh the hair down.

So many times it is not necessarily what you use, but in what order the products are applied. Which method do you prefer best?

Which product should you use?

Water is your friend. Starting with fresh shampooed and conditioned hair is your first step. If you are between washing day, use a moisturizing spray or spary Submit condtioner spray as any of these.

Products for your Liquid or L

4 moisturizing sprays that will not chill your hair

Eden BodyWorks Citrus Fusion Refreshers for Hair + Body

Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Daily Restorative Spray

For more on these products click here

Products for your oil or o

As mentioned above, which oil you use depend some variables; your preferences, hair type, hair structure and porosity.

The best oils for hair and scalp are coconut, olive oil and avocado oil as they can enter the hair shaft. Whatever your hair type or texture, these 3 are a good starting point for your hair.

You can read more about why coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil are best for natural hair !!!

Best oils for natural hair …

  • coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado

I personally like to mix a mixture of all three of these oils for my laundry routine. Read more about how I use these oils daily.

~ Tamara of Natural Hair Rules

But sometimes you need something that is lighter or heavier. Light oils are Jojoba, Peppermint and Almond oils. (These highly recommended for finer hair textures.)

Heavy oils are castor, coconut and olive oils.

Products for your Cream or C

Creamy products can be a daily moisturizer, styling cream, natural sealant or containment protection. You decide based on your hair and its needs which order would work best.

I personally like to use an inlet conditioner and then proceed in style with the Eden Body Works Curling Cream.

Find the full list of natural hair products here.

What's your favorite thing of LOC method? Tell us in the comments.