Liquid. Oil. Cream. A natural’s recipe for hair that stay’s moisturized. Or is it? Ultimately the only cure for dry, parched afro textured hair is water. But, water eventually dries or evaporates. That’s where sealing comes in.
The L.O.C. method is a process of sealing the hair and it is effective. There’s no doubt in my mind but what if you’ve tried it and it failed? What if you’ve followed the method to a tee but still find your hair as dry as it was before you attempted to seal in the moisture? Keep reading.
How the L.O.C. Method Works
Liquid (water) is used to hydrate the hair. This is usually accomplished when you wash your hair. After washing your hair and rinsing it free of shampoo and/or conditioner, water remains.
As I mentioned, if water is not sealed into the hair shaft it will dry/evaporate. That’s where the next step in the process becomes critical.
Oil is the all important second source. I love Jojoba oil because it’s a lightweight oil that is great for use on fine hair like mine. If your hair is more course or thicker in density, a heavier oil like olive or castor oil may be more effective.
Some naturals opt to use coconut oil as their sealant but I don’t recommend it. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Therefore, if you apply coconut oil to your hair and the temperature drops, it can cause your hair to feel dry and crunchy. It can also appear white in your hair depending on how much you have applied. In my experience, coconut oil is best used as part of a pre-poo (pre-shampoo) regimen.
Cream is the final agent after applying an oil to your hair. Creams are heavier in weight than oils and provide a solid base for helping to keep the moisture sealed in to your hair.
In the summer months, I skip the cream portion of the L.O.C. method. I find that it’s not necessary for my fine hair. Simply sealing with an oil is sufficient for me. You may find that’s not the case so you need to do discover what works for your hair.
Troubleshooting Failure of the L.O.C. Method
Just like there’s a foolproof method to discover what products work for your skin, methods can also be used to determine what products work for your hair. Here are some additional ways to help you troubleshoot why the L.O.C. method appears not to be working for your hair:
- Are you using a leave in conditioner before starting the sealing process? If you’re not using a leave in conditioner before applying your oil, that could be the culprit. The L.O.C. method should really be termed the L.L.O.C method because after water (liquid), you should be applying a leave in conditioner. A leave in will help protect your hair and make it more manageable.
- Try a different leave in conditioner, oil, or cream. You may need to try a number of products in combination to find YOUR “holy grail” of products for the L.O.C. method.
- Check out the ingredients in the products you are using. Certain alcohols will contribute to the drying out of your hair (ex: Isopropyl ethanol)
- Change the order of L.O.C. method to L.C.O. It can’t hurt.
- Experiment by using a lighter cream and a heavier oil (reverse). You may discover one or the other is not needed each time and the cream or oil is more effective when you used alone.
- Be willing to switch up the products you use to seal your hair as the seasons change.
The question isn’t, “Is the L.O.C . method effective?” The question is, “Are you customizing it to suit your hair?”
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