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Taking proper care of our natural hair can be a struggle regardless of texture and curl pattern. Moisture retention is an essential part of maintaining a healthy-hair regimen, if not the most important step. Ye, depending on how you choose to moisturize, your hair may still appear dry, brittle, and frizzy. The LOC method is one of the best ways to properly moisturize and style natural hair.
What is the LOC Hair Care Regimen
This can be any water-based liquid such as a spray bottle of water or your leave-in of choice. This step is essential because, in order for your hair to retain water, it must be hydrated first. Shea Radiance Moisturizing Milk Spritz is a perfect addition to this first step
Oils lock moisture into the hair by penetrating the follicles. However, when choosing oils, be mindful that your hair’s porosity plays a role in its effectiveness. For low porosity hair, oils such as jojoba, argan, and grapeseed work best. For medium porosity, go for oils that contain omega acids such as argan, macadamia, and rice oils. For high porosity, heavier oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, or olive oil work wonders.
This step is all about sealing in moisture and protecting the hair from the elements. You can use a styling cream or a leave-in, and for extremely dry, brittle hair a moisturizing hair butter works as an effective sealant.
When to use LOC?
This method is quite flexible and can be used in a number of different scenarios such as post-wash styling or rejuvenating hair between wash days. However, applying this method every day will result in product buildup.
While LOC is a tried and true method for retaining moisture, it’s not for all hair types. It works best for type 4 high porosity hair as this type struggles to retain moisture; however, for looser curls or lower porosity hair, this method can oversaturate the hair strands.