Do you have dry hair, limp, lifeless hair? Just know there is hope, I was that girl too. I found a method that may just help you beautiful curlies out there. If like me you have spent years of your natural hair journey wondering how the heck do I get shiny hair like the YouTube ladies or why when I moisturise and seal my hair in the morning does it look like I ran my hair through a BBQ grill? (Am I the only one who thinks like this?)
There was a day I got fed up with having to trim my hair every few months to get rid of the dry ends and decided to take my hair into my own hands. I decided to get a routine in place and one that wasn’t full of fancy products or weird concoctions that only women with much more time than me had to create. I wanted to keep it simple and with products that I could find without having to trek half way across the globe. That’s when I stumbled across the L.O.C or L.O.C.B method.
What is the L.O.C Method? There are a few variations of the same principle so for some people L.O.C stands for ‘Leave-in, Oil and Cream’ for others it stand for ‘Liquid, Oil and Cream’. I prefer to use the ‘L’ as liquid only because it actually adds the moisture that my hair needs and to be honest it’s cheaper (tap water goes a long way for my purse).
The simplicity of the method is the liquid is water, we all know that your natural hair loves to be refreshed and if we pour water on our plants to grow why not our hair. The beauty of natural oils is that they have a way of penetrating the hair shaft, which binds with the protein within your hair structure. Can I advise that you stick with an oil that is not too high in protein ‘olive oil and avocado oil’ are good choices as they are also full of the good fat that your body loves.
The ‘Cream’ locks in the moisture and that’s why its probably not a good idea to use it first, make sure you pick something that is really moisturising and that your hair loves. If you are like me and do not want to do this every day, then add a ‘butter’ I tend to add Shea butter as my final step and it works out pretty good and means I use the method only twice a week.
So what do you need to L.O.C.(B) that moisture in?
‘L’ – Get a good water spray bottle
‘O’- Choose oil that works for you (try and stay away from oils with high proteins such as coconut oil for the L.O.C method, unless your hair loves its)
‘C’- Choose a cream that works for you – I opt for Cantu Shea Leave-In but that’s just my cream of choice, it’s been a staple of mine for years after my recovery from being a product junkie (another post at another time, I think)
‘B’ – For extra love add butter – I love Shea butter partly because I cream my skin with it, so it’s already in the house so cost effective for me. Choose a butter that you love, have in abundance and can get hold of without breaking the bank.
Your hair needs some TLC and this is a simple routine that you can put into practice now, whether you do it every day or once or twice a week, you and your hair deserve it.
I hope this gives a curly girl out there some hope that there is light at the other end of the tunnel. Do not give up on your locks and “love the natural you”.
24th MAY 2017