The L.O.C. Method

I’ve seen the L.O.C. method discussed on hair boards and blogged about for a while now but it was only within the last week that I decided to try it out. The goal of the L.O.C. is to seal moisture into our strands as effectively as possible. If you remember the Sealing Experiment I conducted a few months ago, sealing with just an oil, helps lock in moisture from our moisturizers. The L.O.C. method goes a step further and adds an additional layer of protection, a cream moisturizer after an oil to add another barrier against moisture loss.

First step: moisturizing with a liquid moisturizer

For my liquid moisturizer, I’ve been using Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Spray. This is the first as-in liquid moisturizer I’ve ever used. I was initially using it on my new growth only – this was an upgrade from diluting my beloved Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme in a spray bottle – but soon switched to spraying the entire length of my hair with it. I’m really loving this moisturizing spray. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling “wet” after I apply it and using the LOC method it has my hair feeling soft (especially my new growth) for days.

Second step: seal with a natural oil

Y’all know me and grapeseed oil are like >< this so it’s no surprise that it’s the oil I’ve chosen to seal with (as normal). Because I layer a creamy moisturizer after the oil, it’s important to oil use a few drops of oil in step two. When moisturizing and sealing, I use no more than 2-3 drops of oil on each of my four sections.

Third step: seal with a cream

This is the step that goes beyond the norm in the L.O.C. method. I’ve been using HairiageHydration Hemp Nostalgia for this step. As its name suggests, it contains ceramide-packed hemp oil *throws confetti*

Using this method and line-up, my hair has been retaining moisture on day 2 and 3 (without moisturizing and sealing after day 1) so I’m very pleased. The products above are by no means the ones that should be use, they’re simply the ones I’m currently using and ones that work for me. Go with what works for you, there’s only one criteria: liquid, oil, cream.

Are you employing the L.O.C. method?

50 Comments

  1. Hello Jen,
    Thanks a lot for your wonderful blog which give me hope and confidence to take that HHJ.
    I start to buy different products but i'm stuck with what to choose for the "L".
    As I just begin and a bit lost, i merely went for a set from aphogee, choose your PM Clarifying Sh Two. But still don't have an oil moist liquid and a conditionner. my question is : may I use aphogee Keratin & Green Tea restructurizer as my "L" ? I know it is not the same thing but as it is in stock..in meanwhile maybe it will do the job? i was unable to buy the califa one it has to be only collected on shop (living in west africa).
    thanks for your time and sorry for my poor language :s french is my mother tongue.

    1. Author

      It can definitely be used by naturally curly hair.

      1. I think she was asking about naturally straight hair…

  2. Hi, I love your site. Do you have list of the ingredients in the Hemp Hydration Cream. The link attached states that the product is no longer available.

    1. Author

      No I don't. Daily I just use oil (most often grapeseed) to seal. I use the LOC method when my hair is really dry and I don't mind it feeling weighed down.

  3. Well said. Will try this one too! Thanks for sharing this information. Good day!

  4. Hi Jen! Your site is awesome! I need some advice about using Komaza Califia Moisturizing Spray. I've been using for about 2 weeks now with the same results, gunky, stringy hair. I'm using it in my LCO method (Komaza, HH Hemp Nostalgia and grapeseed oil) with horrible results. At first I thought it was the HH Hemp Nostalgia making it feel that way but even after applying it to my NG only I get the same results, my NG feels dirty and coated. I corrected my last M&S session by applying Darcy's LTC on top and it did the trick. How does your hair feel after applying it? Does you hair normally like shea butter? Have you tried it with any other cream? I'm thinking of trying it with Darcy's LTC instead of the HH Hemp Nostalgia to try to isolate the issue. Any suggestions?

    1. Author

      Hi Tiffany, sorry the late response! With Komaza's CMS I always have to make sure I work it into my new growth well or else I will get that coated feeling sometimes. I've never tried shea butter on its own but I've tried many products that contain shea butter and my hair does well with it. My hair was finicky with HH Hemp Nostalgia. Sometimes it would coat my hair and sometimes it would work well. Most of my creams are creamy moisturizers. Darcy's LTC is pretty creamy and a good one to try. HTH!

  5. Yes! I love the LOC method. I read about it a few weeks ago and decided to try it because water and just oil wasn't as effective. I use water and a little leave in for L, olive oil for O, and carols daughter hair balm for C. I washed my hair on Saturday and LOCd and my hair stayed soft until Tuesday!

  6. where do you buy the Hairiage Hydration Hemp Nostalgia?

    1. Author

      Hair Hydration's Etsy store. The product is linked above in the post.

  7. Since I've found your blog, it's been life saving for my hair.
    I've tried LOC with diluted CLTC/grapeseed oil/Darcy's MVSC & LCO with diluted Giovanni LI/CLTC/grapeseed oil. LCO definitely agrees with my hair more. I just picked up the Komaza spray because of your review and I'm hoping for good results.
    You're such an inspiration!

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