Winter is here and so are the enemies, dryness and frizz. Due to dry weather in winter, your hair need more moisture than other seasons. So, no matter how many times you moisturize your hair it still craves for more moisture than usual. In situations like this, your best bet is the LOC method.
What is LOC method
LOC stands for “leave-in, Oil and Cream”. As the name suggests you apply products on hair in this order. By following this order you make sure that you are sealing your hair using oil or butter so that hair does not lose moisture easily. Leave-in conditioner provides the required moisture in this method. Moisture prevents your hair becoming frizzy and makes it softer and less prone to breakage.
This method works great on high porosity hair that always looks dry and loses moisture easily. If you have low porosity hair which does not take up oils well and looks greasy, then this method might not work for you. If LOC does not work for you, then you can also try the LCO method meaning leave-in, cream and followed by oil.
How to follow the LOC method
To incorporate this method in your existing routine is very simple. Follow these three simple steps that you must already be doing in the order mentioned below.
Step-1: Leave-in conditioner
Wash you hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner then apply a leave-in conditioner to provide moisture to hair. You can use a small amount of silicone-free rinse off conditioner like The Body Shop rainforest conditioner, Giovanni Tea Tree Triple treat conditioner etc after diluting it with water as a leave-in conditioner in this step. Apply product in smoothing motion on all sections of hair for better clumps. I take a small amount of silicone free conditioner and water in my palm, mix it and then apply it.
Apply thin layer of oil in smoothing motion on hair strands. Do not apply oil on the scalp here. Oil will work as a sealant and help to lock the moisture in. Your selection of oil would depend on your hair type. If your hair looks greasy easily then you can use light weight oils like Argan oil, Sweet almond oil, Grapeseed oil, flex seed oil etc. And if your hair does not weighed down easily then you can use oils like Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, whipped shea butter. Apply the quantity according to your hair and do not be heavy handed while applying. I used whipped Shea butter in this video.
After the oil, finish the job by applying a styling cream or gel. Again, apply it in smoothing motion as we apply all the products after wash. I used homemade flax seed gel in the video.
And you are done!! Leave you hair to air dry and once it is dry completely then give it a final scrunch and fluff your hair.
LOC method definitely gives moisturized looking curls. In initial trials, the quantity of products could be here and there and you might see your hair weighed down but learn from your trials. Try it out and tweak it accordingly and also try the LCO method as well.
If you try this method then do not forget to leave your feedback in comment section below 🙂