Moisture is like our curls’ best friend!
There are many ways to help your hair retain moisture, however, one of the most favorable ways is the L.O.C. Method. L.O.C. is an acronym that stands for “liquid, oil, cream” and it is as easy as 1-2-3 to do.
Here are the steps:
L: Liquid/leave-in conditioner: Liquid is the first step and it is used to add moisture to your hair and can range from water to a leave-in conditioner with water as its first ingredient.
O: Oil: Oils are used to lock in all of the moisture you just added to your hair. The type of oil you use depends on your hair type. Below are a few suggestions:
- High Porosity: Castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil
- Medium Porosity: Olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil
- Low Porosity: Avocado oil, argan oil
Quick Tip: DIY Porosity Test
If you have not done a porosity test, take a couple of strands of hair from your brush or comb and drop them in a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, it's low porosity. If it sinks, it's high porosity.
This is important to know because your porosity level tells how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Low porosity hair has a tightly bound cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat and is usually considered healthy. High porosity hair usually signals some level of damage - chemical, environmental, over-styling, etc - and has gaps and holes in the cuticle, which let too much moisture into your hair and leave it prone to frizz and tangling in humid weather. And then there's the in-between or medium porosity level which requires the least amount of maintenance as the cuticle layer is looser. This allows the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping.
C: Cream: Lastly, use a creamy moisturizer or hair butter to seal in all of the moisture. Some creams can also work to help hold and define your curls.
With curly hair related things, everything is trial and error. Feel free to experiment to find what works best for you!
Did you know?
The L.O.C. Method™ was created by Alikay Naturals Founder and CEO, Rochelle Graham-Campbell, and is backed by scientific principles of organic chemistry.