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

The LOC Method Products

Here’s How To Do The LOC Method:

Step 1: Part your hair into workable sections to ensure that you get full coverage when applying your liquid leave in conditioner. The leave in conditioner has to be water based in order for it to be moisturizing, so if water is the first ingredient then you are good to go, try It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Product.

A great homemade moisturizer will work just as well. Just mix aloe vera juice with plain water. Your mix can be fifty fifty or you can add just a little bit more aloe than you do water.

After you wash you hair, spritz the mix liberally into your strands section by section.

Step 2: Apply your oil on your hair next doing it one section at a time to ensure even coverage. The oil can be a light oil like grapeseed oil or coconut oil. Really though any light oil will do, just pick your favorite and smooth each section from root to tip.

Step 3: Apply your cream or butter on top of the oil for each section repeating the smoothing motion. Choosing the best butter or cream is really up to you and what your hair likes.

You can use pure shea butter which tends to be a little heavier than a cream, a medium thickness cream like Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding or you can use a light cream like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, whichever you choose will work just fine.

After you are finished applying the products for the L.O.C method feel free to add a little styling agent if necessary to complete styling your hair.

Just A Note On Low Porosity Hair

Unfortunately we have to single out the ladies with the low porosity hair because the LOC method might not work that great for you as it would if you had highly porous strands.

When your hair does not absorb product very well, layering it with oils and butters might lead to weighed down oily limp strands which is really not the look or feel you are going for.

Making sure that you know your hair’s porosity is imperative before trying any method because that will be the key determining how your hair will react in certain situations.

If you know that your hair drinks everything in sight and is thirsty every few hours then maybe give the LOC method a try, it will help to keep your hair moisturized for longer.

The LCO Method

Say what?? Yes, there is a variation of the LOC method called the LCO method which means instead of applying your oil right after your leave in you would apply your cream and then your oil last. The idea here is that oil is the best sealant so should be the final layer in your ritual.

In truth it really doesn’t matter which method you choose, as long as your water based leave in is applied first then you can choose how you layer your sealants according to your own personal preference.

These methods are not just limited to hair; they can be really great for your skin too. If you suffer from dry skin and you need a solution try either the LOC or LCO method using your favorite oil and your favorite cream for your skin.

The liquid will actually be the water that is intentionally left on your body after a warm shower. Have you ever tried to apply your oil to slightly damp skin? It will change your life!

Do not use a towel to rid your skin of every drop of moisture because this just perpetuates dryness, instead apply your favorite oil in the shower right on top of the water and blot the excess dry.

Once you are done use your favorite cream over the oil for an even extra layer of protection. Additionally never dry your face completely with a towel, after cleansing your face, apply your cream on top of your damp skin and allow it to air dry. Your skin like your hair will thank you for it.

Do you LOC after your washes?

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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