Improving Natural Hair Moisture Retention Using the LOC Method

Lately, I have been reading some interesting articles about a different and more efficient way to moisturize natural hair called the LOC method. Another acronym right? :-)

What is the LOC Method?

LOC is an acronym comprising of the following three components:


First Layer
Water is the best candidate for moisturizing hair
Can use a water based leave-in conditioner/spritz
(Water should be the FIRST ingredient on the list)

 Second Layer
Seals in the first layer moisture to prevent it from escaping via the hair cuticles
Good candidates include coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil

Third Layer
Locks in the first two layers to maximize moisture retention
Provides extra protection from dryness
Should be thick and creamy
Good candidates include Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Butter, Castor Oil

What Method of Moisturizing Have I Been Employing?

For awhile, I have been moisturizing Z's hair (and mine) by applying water to the hair followed by either a leave-in mixture or Shea Moisture product and then sealing the hair with some oil (Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil) or butter (Shea). Apparently, based on the definition of the LOC acronym, I have been implementing a LCO method. I would hydrate the hair first with water before applying a water based leave-in and sealing the hair with an oil or butter to keep the moisture (water) and leave-in inside the hair.

Like I mentioned in the previous post, water, butters, oils, and creams all have a proper place when it comes to moisturizing natural hair. Whether you use the LOC and LCO method, the basic concept to efficiently moisturizing the hair is to layer the hair with products starting with the application of water FIRST. Water is the best way to increase the hair's moisture levels over any product out there on the market, and this fact has been very consistent based on my research and years of personal experience. Butters and oils are bad choices when it comes down to moisturizing the hair because their main function is to seal the hair. If the hair is coated with butters and oils prior to applying water, it is most likely the hair will suffer the effects of dryness because little to no water can penetrate the butter/oil layer to get inside the hair. Remember, order is important, and water should be on the correct side of the oils, butters, and non-water based creams/products.

Natural hair women have reported that the LOC method does great wonders for their hair by keeping the hair moisturized for longer stretches of time before having to re-moisturize compared to the LCO method. From my experience, the LCO method seems to work fairly well on our hair. However, I am always up to try a new method that supposedly will aid in improved moisture retention especially during the winter months. Therefore, for the month of December, I will be testing out the LOC method on both Z's hair and my hair to see if there are any noticeable differences between the LOC and LCO methods in our case.

I will report my observations when I do my monthly assessment at the end of the month.

Have you heard of the LOC method?
Have you tried it? Is it effective?
Any likes/dislikes about the method?

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