Whether it be on Pinterest, through Google, on Youtube or through your favorite natural hair blogger; I’m almost certain that most of you natural hair queens (and kings) have heard of the L.O.C method. The information on this method is endless and can virtually be found anywhere on the world wide net. So, I am not going to go into great detail about what this method is, but, I do want to refresh your memory about a few of the L.O.C methods’ fundamentals. So, here we go…L.O.C is an acronym for Liquid, Oil, and Cream. It’s called the L.O.C METHOD because the sequence in which we layer these three components (liquid, oil, cream) onto our hair is of greater importance and efficacy than using the components independent of each other. In other words, when we layer the liquid, oil, and cream onto our hair in sequential order, it has the accruing power to get moisture, lock in moisture, seal in moisture, and ultimately retain moisture. The power that is embedded in this method is important because it accomplishes every natural girls’ objective: to retain moisture.
NOTE: Our hair can retain moisture for up to a week (7 days), so it’s important for naturals to do this method-at the very least-every 7days.
I have been religiously incorporating the L.O.C method into my hair care regimen for three years (since the beginning of my natural hair journey) now and my hair has responded exceptionally well to it. I just love this method! I have witnessed both short-term and long-term results. My hair is more manageable, it’s softer, it’s stronger, it’s thicker, it’s longer, it detangles easily, I have less shedding, and less split-ends. This post will include the inexpensive natural products I use for each phase of the L.O.C method and their countless benefits.
Why is it so important to put liquid on our hair? Well, putting liquid on our hair is the initial deliberate step to getting moisture into the hair shaft. Therefore, it is a very big step. Think of this step sort of as a driven leader who has a vision and a mission and is hellbent on accomplishing it. It’s the step that leads the way for others, in this case: oils and creams. It is the first step (of many) to having a healthy head of hair while, simultaneously, remedying a broad range of hair problems and eliminating damaged hair.
For this step, I mix 3/4th distilled water and 1/4th organic aloe vera gel in a BPA free spray bottle. Below you will find the benefits of using distilled water (vs. hard water) and organic aloe vera gel.
Distilled Water Vs. Hard Water
- Has no harmful toxins or chemicals
- Has less impurities
- Contains only hydrogen & oxygen
- Enters hair shaft much easier than hard water does
- Prevents moisture from entering the hair shaft
- Breaks down proteins in the hair shaft
- Makes hair dry and fragile (and more prone to breakage)
- Contains minerals that damage the hair
NOTE: Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. About 85% of the water in the U.S.A is classified as hard water. Furthermore, some places have higher levels of minerals in the water than others. In other words, some places in the U.S.A have “harder” water compared to others.
Aloe Vera Gel (Organic)
- The amino acids found in aloe vera strengthens the hair and promotes hair growth
- Locks in moisture
- Adds shine to hair
- Because aloe vera has cleansing enzymes, it could be used as a pre-poo treatment to eliminate build-up and oils on the scalp
- Alkalizing qualities restores the scalp’s proper pH
- Treats dandruff
- Enhances natural curls
On to the next. The second step in this method is to apply a layer of oil to the hair, but, not just any oil. It has to be an oil that is going to penetrate the hair shaft and lock in the liquid used in the first step. Oils that penetrate the hair shaft are able to do so because they have a small molecular structure which allows them to enter into the hair shaft easily. For this step, I use extra-virgin olive oil and/or unrefined coconut oil.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Penetrates hair shaft
- Able to retain moisture and keep hair strong
- Most beneficial to dry and thick hair types
- Helps to protect the protein-keratin-in the hair
- Makes hair more manageable, pliable, and softer
- Facilitates thicker hair growth
- Helps roots heal
- It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties helps to restore scalp’s natural bacteria
- It’s antifungal properties helps to fight dandruff that is caused by fungus
Unrefined Coconut Oil
- Penetrates hair shaft
- Rich in the fatty acid-lauric acid-which prevents hair loss
- Decreases sweating in the scalp
- Prevents baldness and gray hair
- Once coconut oil is in the hair shaft, it stays there. It can’t be rinsed away easily.
- Coconut oil has the ability to retain protein. Therefore, it is highly beneficial to hair types that have lower protein levels.
NOTE: Remember naturals, using extra-virgin olive oil and unrefined coconut oil is best because the oil has been extracted naturally and without the use of chemicals or heat.
Lastly, we put the cream layer on. Because the cream is going to further reinforce the liquid and oil layers, the cream we use has to possess the ability to seal the hair shaft rather than penetrate it. This sealing mechanism locks in moisture and prevents moisture from evaporating from the hair too quickly. For this step, I consistently use raw unrefined Shea butter. I love this stuff and heres why:
Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
- Sealant that locks in moisture
- Restores hair follicles which aids in rapid hair growth
- Thickens hair
- Protects hair from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and heat
- Natural conditioner
- Contains the antioxidants-Vitamins A & E-which protects our cells from harmful free radicals that can be found in water and in the air
- Softens hair
- Able to eliminate split-ends
NOTE: Raw unrefined Shea butter is natural and less processed. Due to the extracting method, raw unrefined Shea butter contains its’ original beneficial vitamins and minerals.
I hope y’all were able to understand the importance of the L.O.C method. For me, this method has been a gift to naturals from the Lord himself. For those who have already incorporated this method into their hair care regimen (TWO THUMBS UP! KEEP GOING), I hope this post will encourage you to keep striving to retain moisture and pursuing your hair goals. For those naturals who have never tried this method, I hope this post will encourage you to start incorporating this method into you hair-care routine. The products that I mentioned in this post are the particular products that I choose to use for this method, they are the products that work best for my hair. However, there are other liquids, oils, and creams that you can substitute for any of the steps depending on your hairs’ needs. But, remember-queens and kings-to use your desired products in sequence.