We are all too familiar with the LOC method. Immediately following the start of the natural hair trend, the LOC method emerged. Everyone was talking about it. Bloggers swore by it, brands used it in their marketing efforts, and everyone else who went natural seemed to hop on the LOC train as well.
However, a few of us were not convinced this was the move. Call us rebels, call us going against the grain -- trust me, I’ve been called worse. Honestly, it never worked for me. Here’s why… LOC stands for Liquid-Oil-Cream. It is the acronym for the process it takes to achieve healthy, moisturized hair.
It consists of hydrating the hair with a water-based product (like water or a water-based hair mist) which is your liquid, sealing in the moisture with oil and then applying a heavier styling cream product to close the hair cuticle which supposedly prevents moisture loss.
The problem is that oil and water don’t mix. Oil is a sealant, not a moisturizer -- meaning it seals in whatever it’s on top of. This means that it’s locking unmoisturized hair; then, the oil blocks the styling creme from penetrating the hair shaft to actually hydrate it, making the process pointless.
Here’s what to do instead: The LCO method!
Yup, literally switch the cream and the oil. Doesn’t get much easier than this.
Finishing with the oil actually closes the hair cuticle, keeping in the moisture that comes from the styling product. Additionally, the oil leaves a shine that the cream isn’t always able to achieve.
Lastly, smooth a couple of drops of the Step 3 Divine Shine Moisture Lock and Frizz Fighter to seal in the moisture 3x as long, and get shiny, frizz-free curls. There you have it -- a method that actually works and keeps your hair hydrated and soft. That simple. That easy.
Try for yourself and tell us how it worked for you!