It’s a YAY for me. When I did my big chop 6 years ago (for the second time), moisture was a huge concern for me. My 3C/4A curls tend to get extremely dry and brittle even with excess amounts of curl moisturizer, and I knew that to keep my hair healthy I had to find a regimen that worked for my hair type. The first time I went natural, I didn’t have a tried and true hair care regimen, nor did I pay attention to brands or how my hair reacted to certain products. I certainly didn’t know my hair type, and I didn’t take the time to learn about the dos and don’ts of natural hair. My daily routine was basically a wash and go, using water and whatever hair product I had on hand at the time. Needless to say my first big chop didn’t last very long, and eventually I went back to the creamy crack.
I started learning about the LOC Method after I went natural the second time around. It was a little touch and go at first, because I couldn’t seem to find the right combination of products that worked. Eventually though, I did find products that my hair absolutely loved, that worked well together and I have been using this method ever since. Now, this method may not work for everyone, but the important thing to consider when trying to find the right hair regimen for you, is how well your hair products work together for your hair type.
L.O.C (Liquid, Oil, Cream)
The LOC method begins with application of a liquid for hydration. Some naturalistas prefer just plain old water, others prefer a leave-in conditioner. I like a good leave-in conditioner because of the extra moisture it provides. Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream is water-based and has great slip, I use it for my wash and go’s or the occasional twist-out. I’m also a huge fan of Miss Jessie’s Leave-in Condish.
An oil or butter is then used to seal in the moisture. There are a variety of oils to choose from, coconut oil, jojoba, castor, argan, olive. It is best to try out first and see what works best for your porosity before settling on a particular type for your regimen. I love Hollywood Beauty’s Olive Oil, it’s great for preventing hair breakage, and I also use it as a scalp treatment.
The last step of the LOC method locks in the moisture by closing your hair cuticles. Curl creams can be a hit or miss depending on your hair type. Some naturalistas may need an extra step to define their curls such as a hair gel or other holding product. For everyday use, I find that Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls is enough. But for my twist-outs or protective styles I add their Baby Butter Creme as an additional step.