The LOC Method Explained – Why It Is The Best Way To Moisturize Your Hair

The LOC Method Explained

If you are on a new hair journey, abbreviations can get a bit daunting, and sometimes you may wonder if we have created a whole other language specially to annoy you.

I get that all these abbreviations can get irritating and hard to remember but the best thing to do is really figure out what works for you regardless of the mounds of information that you might receive. By ignoring the fancy sounding new vocabulary and concentrating on the meaning behind the techniques, you and your hair will both be happier.

Here is a hint, do not jump on every band wagon because every head of hair is different. However, if a method or hair practice is popular and you keep seeing it all over every blog or YouTube video then it makes sense to take a second look at it.

The LOC method is one of those things you may have seen everywhere, the abbreviation means Liquid, Oil and Cream which signifies the products used to moisturize and seal hair in order to keep the hair hydrated for longer periods.

It is not a new idea of course and even BHI did a postcard tip with a similar technique but a different name a while ago. The premise behind the LOC method is really simple, you are essentially layering the products on your strands to get the most out of your moisture routine by sealing in your moisture with two blocking agents: emulsifiers and oil.

Like a game of Chinese whispers (is that even PC any more?), the L in LOC has morphed from Liquid to Leave-In in some circles but hey, whatever gets moisture into your strands fastest is fine by us!

Ultra dry hair is the number one cause of breakage and loss of length and unsurprisingly it is the number one characteristic of afro textured hair. With that said, finding ways to retain moisture in our curly locks should be our number one goal and the LOC method was created with just that in mind.

Originally posted 2013-11-08 15:00:29.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Erica Kelly

I do LCO

Dary De'Shai

Just got thru!!

Tacara Luvnsumme

On the menu tonight

April Lovelady


Nehita Burnett

most def

Pearl Blue

I am learning to use this method now.

Rebecca Keys

I always do this after washes but, my hair is still verry hard (not soft) Anyone got any tips?

Maybe you have low porosity hair so nothing is being absorbed. Regular DCing or steaming first should sort you out 🙂

Alnie Andre Robert

Also what kind of oil are you using? Coconut oil used to make my hair crunchy, but grapeseed and olive oil make it soft and manageable

Rebecca Keys

I use olive oil. And what do you mean with steaming?

I mean steaming your hair with a steamer. Basically deep condition with heat. Nothing works better at softening your hair than using a little heat. Not even overnight DC’s! I also second what Alnie said. Try an different oil and see if it makes a difference.

Regina Naturalistic Brooks

reverse the c and the o. Liquid Cream Oil. It does wonders for my daughter and I!

Tina Barrett

Rebecca you probably just need to do it more often…daily even…put some water in a spray bottle and spritz your hair daily,

Jeaneen Alise

Yup… but it looks something like –> L C(conditioner) O C (shea butter cream)

Krystle Penn

@Rebecca, dry deep condition over night.

Kiante Brown Samuel

I just did this….first I did an avc rinse with tea tree oil, egg, mayo and honey deep conditioner then the LOC method…hair is air drying now

Shenell Evette

I love the loc method I do it every other day I can tell it really moisturizes my hair and I can tell it has even grown some yaaaaay me…love my natural hair….

Stephanie Montague

Yes! My Cheveux Souffles covers two steps…oil and cream. It’s improtant have protect the hair shaft…especially the ends to retain growth.

Deatrice Hildreth

Rebecca – I LOC with water, Olive oil & Cantu Shea Butter. Leaves hair soft & bouncy

Angela Powell-French

Best method water, olive oil, qhemet biologics moisture cream my great combination.

Precious McKay


Tananjalyan Jones

I need help my hair is natural and colored and I try using what I can afford what products can I use that’s cheap and good for my hair ?

Krystle Jones

LCO works better for me!

Maxaleeta Swain

Sure do!

Drea Nivea Rahming

I am glad to find this info will be using this in my healthy hair journey

Gwen Townsend

Great information! Would love to see more information on the care and maintenance of dread locs on your website!

Yurimay Calixte

I should try what Erica Kelly suggested.

Samantha Bondez


Glenda Rhea Morgan

Rebecca soft does not always mean strong. Love what you have because when you get old–well you will be a wishing for that hair back

Phelecia Tonnie Ingram

I LCO also (water, usually a leave-in conditioner, coconut jbco). I like mixing oils like vitamin E, coconut, olive and jojoba oil but I am in love with this Jamican Black Castor Oil.


I just need to know if I should do the LOC method every day or only after a wash?


I have reincorporated the LOC method. I have lost so much hair after my last relaxer due to lack of moisture and now that I am doing that again, the breaking has all but stopped.


I now do that nightly until my hair is balanced once again and then I’ll go back to between wash days.

Toy Washington

Your hair stays moisturize longer

LoVonda Morris

I use the LCO method instead but yes same results moisturize hair

Sherrie Tamara

Mainly LCO here. It makes more sense to me.

Sherrie Tamara

Pure Shea butter is an oil even whipped unless you whip with water or another moisturizer to it like glycerin, aloe juice, etc.

Dabney Ross Jones

I don’t care what anybody says! The L. O. C. Method saved my hair, my moms hair and even my brothers hair. It works.

Chelbie Thompson

I just switched from LCO to LOC.

Aretha Louis

I use it on both my hair and my daughter’s hair…I naturally have dry hair but this method has helped tremendously…

Asha Lewis


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