Dry Hair TLC: The LOC Method

LOC Method for maximum moisture

When my hair was relaxed I reserved “L.O.C. method” (liquid, oil, cream) for moments when my hair felt super dry because I didn’t like how weighed down my hair felt over time. I’ve discovered that – thankfully! – those issues haven’t carried over to my natural hair. Last night my hair was edging into the “crunchy, might feel like hay” zone and took the opportunity to give my hair some extra moisturize + sealing TLC.

Liquid: Water

The first step of the LOC method is to moisturize with a liquid. In the past I used Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Spray. This time I used plain ol’ water from my filtered shower head. Water is the base of all moisturizers after all. With spray bottle in hand, I misted my hair in sections (6).

Note: for a product to be “moisturizing,” it must contain water. If you spot an ingredients lists of only oils and butters, that product will not provide your hair with moisture.

Oil: Jojoba oil

Sealing-ExperimentThe second step is too applya light layer of oil. If you remember the sealing experiment I did a couple years ago, applying oil after moisturizing creates a barrier, trapping moisture in the hair shaft.

Read: Sealing Experiment: Why You Should Seal After Moisturizing

After misting my hair, I applied a few drops of jojoba to my palms and then smoothed the oil through my hair, focusing on my ends.

Jojoba oil isn’t my normal oil of choice for sealing, my longtime boo, grapeseed oil, still holds that position but jojoba feels much lighter. If you have fine strands, you may want to choose lighter oils like coconut and jojoba for the sealing step. Other great oils include grapeseed, avocado, olive, or sunflower oil.

Read: Don’t Forget To Seal After Moisturizing!

Remember, just a few drops per section (around 4 or 6) will get the job done.

Cream: Kurlee Belle Kurl Defining Creme

I planned to pull my hair up into a puff so I grabbed a moisturizer that both defines and moisturizes my hair – Kurlee Belle Kurl Defining Creme.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Montmorillonite, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum).

Result? Happily moisturized hair.

11 Comments

  1. Great post Jen. My hair gets dry quick so I really need to give the LOC method a proper try x

  2. I live by the LOC method. I am so happy that I discovered it early in my journey, ie the beginning. I still consider myself a ‘natural’ novice, having cut my hair 8mths ago, but I would and have recommended the LOC method to so many people in that short time. I really believe that without using this method my thick, coarse, dense 4-something hair would be like a brillo pad in the sahara desert at high noon – there’d be no mercy.
    I’m also happy I discovered KurleeBelle early on as well. I love their products, which smell amazing!!! I haven’t used the Defining Creme yet though, but you’ve definitely made a good case for its performance here.
    As always,
    Thanks Jen for the great tips, information, and real life representation.

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      “a brillo pad in the sahara desert at high noon – there’d be no mercy” lmao! I know that exact feeling. That’s usually when I cringe and run straight for conditioner.

      1. Can you do a post or even here in replies explain how it worked for you to use the oil before the cream? The cream is a water product (starts with water) so shouldn’t the oil be after it to lock the moisture in?

  3. Love watching you learn to master your new hair. My basic techniques are solid but my styling techniques not so much haha.
    I install box braids, wear my hair in twists (which I bun or pin up) or buns.
    I watched MariaAntoinettetv’s Youtube channel where she has a very easy tutorial on flat twists. I couldnt ever get this done, but after the video I had succes on my daughter’s barbie and then with ONE flat twist on my daughter’s hair.
    I’m carefully optimistic that with enough practice I’ll be able to do flat twists on myself for a decent looking twist out sometime this year :-). I’ve also started wearing a headscarf in a low turban style for a different look. Im slowly becoming more adventurous, but in the meantime I live vicariously through you and your gorgeous, huge puff!

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      You’ll totally get the hang of flat twists!

      Too often I see pictorials or watch tutorials of styles and I’m just amazing because I’m so lazy when it comes to styling lol. I love simplicity and get stuck in my ways. You just reminded me that I promised myself I’d try more styles!

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