The LOC method is a phenomenon that has been around for quite a while. You find it on hair care forums, Pinterest boards and word-of-mouth advertising as soon as someone complains about their dry hair tips. This method works so well for many hair types and is super easy to use. So I want to dedicate a whole article to it today. Let’s jump right in with the definition!
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The LOC method is short for “the Liquid Oil Cream method”. This stands for a hair care regimen aimed at helping with dry hair by sealing as much moisture as possible into the hair. That can mean desiccated tips or curly to kinky hair types with overall dryness. So even if your roots get greasy quickly, you might benefit from the LOC method for your tips! Basically as with any body care, you just use it where you need it.
As results you can expect:
- sleek and shiny hair
- less frizz
- a bit more time than usual for your hair to dry
How to do the LOC method
The acronym LOC tells you, in which order to use various hair care products in order to achieve maximum results.
So first you start with Liquid, to add moisture to your locks. Then you add Oil in order to “lock in” the moisture. And finally you seal the deal with some Cream, which keeps the oil in place. Let’s look at the products you can use for those different steps a little more in detail!
LOC method products
While the LOC hair method is more about the order in which you use types of products, some products seem to work better than others for certain hair types. A general recommendation is to stay as natural as possible and avoid the “evil” chemical ingredients that are bad both for you and our environment.
Let’s look at some general product ideas for the different steps. This collection is in no way exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point. For more details on which products to use for different hair porosity, see below that.
1. Liquid: Add moisture
This can simply be the water in your hair after washing. Other possibilities are moisturizing conditioners* or Aloe Vera gel*. If you opt for conditioner, make sure it does not contain alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect.
2. Best Oil for LOC method: Lock the moisture in
Here you really have a wide variety of options. Any oil that you usually use for your hair will work. If you don’t usually use oil for your hair, check your kitchen. Olive oil or sunflower oil can be used for your hair! Ideally you get started with lighter oils though. Examples are almond oil or argan oil*. Only move towards the heavier ones if that is not enough care for your hair.
2. LOC method Cream: Seal the oil in
Again, there are many options you can choose here. If you first want to try the whole LOC thing, simply check your hand cream for possible “evil” ingredients (when in doubt, rather avoid alcohol, for example!) and use that one. Or try my homemade hair cream. Or, if you want to invest a little more into your hair products, you can buy hair creams online*. There are variants for every hair type and need.
LOC method curly hair
Many people with curly hair swear on the LOC method. Curly hair is dry by nature and can benefit from every little bit of moisture it can get. So a regimen like LOC not only adding moisture but also sealing it into the hair, is a godsend for us curlies. Usually people with curly hair already have a collection of products at home. If you are one of them, just try applying them in the LOC order. You might be surprised how different the effect of the same substances can be! If you are not too sure about which things to use for your LOC regimen, read on.
I won’t go into too much detail here on what hair porosity means and how you can find out about your own hair porosity. A nice explanation and various tests for it can be found here at theNooPooMethod.com. For the purpose of this article, I will just tell you which type of LOC products to use for which hair porosity.
LOC method for low porosity hair
Low porosity hair does not absorb products easily and has a tendency for buildup. So for the LOC method you want to use light products and support the absorption with “opening” the hair a little. This can be done with using warm water for the “L”. For the “O” and “C” steps you want to use lighter products. As light oils for hair I personally really like Jojoba oil, Almond oil and Argan oil. Finally, use a not-too-rich cream as a finish. If you like perfumed creams, maybe check out the Heymountain hair creams. Many longhaired people swear they are the best.
LOC method for HIGH porosity hair
High porosity hair has a tendency to not keep the absorbed moisture in, although it does absorb liquids easily. So you really want to make sure to add Oil and Cream! People with high porosity hair will really benefit from the LOC method. (I speak of experience!) For the Liquid step I would recommend using Aloe Vera gel* rather than just water. Also with the “O” you can go a little heavier than your low porosity friends. My personal favorite is Macadamia oil*, as it is rich, but pretty neutral in smell. Other people swear on coconut oil. For me that can sometimes rather dry my hair out even more, so better check how it’s working for you. And then we are already at the last step, Cream. Any rich cream will benefit you, think Shea cremes or winter variants.
LOC method everyday?
One last point I want to address is frequency. People get excited about this regimen and then soon after ask themselves:”But wait? How often should I do the LOC method?” Well, this depends a little bit on your hair type and usual washing frequency.
If you are a curly, kinky or otherwise pretty dry hair type, I definitely recommend doing the LOC method after every wash. If you are one of the aforementioned hair types, but only wash your hair very rarely, you can even do it in between washes. Then only use Aloe Vera, not water.
For most people, I would not recommend doing this every day though. The reason for this is, that having your hair constantly wet or at least moist is not a good idea. While it might look better in that moment, this puts a lot of stress on the hair.
So this is the LOC method. Let me know how it is working for you! And if you want to share it with someone, you can simply use the following infographic!