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The LOC Method has been a hot topic in the natural hair world for a minute now and has been praised by many naturals as the solution for curls that were now and forever more crying out for moisture.

But finding the right product for each step is a battle whether you're a longtime LOCer or are new to the LOCing way of life. So like we always do here at Naturally Curly we're going to draw on years of curly Product Junkie experience and help a curlfriend out!

We've compiled a list of the best products for each step of the LOC Method, and a few product combos to avoid your product from balling up (a telltale sign that your products aren't playing well together).

As always, there's no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to curly coily hair. This is a guide for the products that have been known to work for other curlies, and a starting off point for you to start experimenting with your own curls. Remember when trying out product combinations to always mix a small batch in your palm first to ensure that the two products do not congeal and form white balls. Also ensure that you try out a product or product combination in at least two different ways and ratios before delivering your final verdict!

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If your curls absorb more water than a Sham Wow towel yet they're forever crying out for more moisture, then it may just be time to try out the LOC method.

The LOC method has been abuzz on the natural hair forums for its ability to let curlies go days without having to remoisturize their curls. LOC is an abbreviation for leave in conditioner, oil and cream.  The name itself signifies the products a curly should apply as well as the order in which to apply them, making it an easy-to-remember curly routine.

What sets the LOC method apart from other methods is the layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention. The layer of moisture is effectively sealed in by two products which are both known to be excellent sealants: oil and butter.

Both oil and butter are praised for their ability to create a layer along the hair shaft that helps to prevent water from being evaporated from it and lost to the atmosphere thus helping the hair to stay moisturized for longer. By using oil then a thicker heavier butter on top you are ensuring that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft which is beneficial for curlies who struggle to maintain moisturized hair.

The method is so easy to incorporate into your routine because it involves using products you probably already own and simply changing the order in which you apply them to your hair. If you would like to start using the LOC method then simply follow these easy steps below:

Directions

  1. Step 1 - Apply a moisturizing water-based leave-in conditioner to cleansed hair
  2. Step 2 - Apply a thin layer of oil to your hair to help lock in the moisture
  3. Step 3 - Apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal that moisture in

Once done feel free to use your regular styling products to style your hair as normal.

Porosity

The LOC method will work best for Type 4 coilies as our coils and kinks are typically very thirsty. However, keep in mind that porosity will also determine whether or not this method works for you.

If your hair is normal to high porosity then you should have no problem with layering products on your hair. However, if you are a low porosity curly and attempt this method you could run the risk of having hair that is limp and oily and experience a lot of product build up. Lastly, if you’re not a Type 4 curly but still struggle with moisture retention then give the LOC method a try - it just might work.

Alternatives

As with all things curly hair related it’s all about trial and error so if your current routine isn’t quite cutting it then give this method a try and modify it to suit your needs.

If your curls are easily weighed down, or if you suffer from product build up you can limit the number of products you apply to your hair by applying a creamy or buttery product as your styler.

Also for curlies who are not strictly au naturel, you could swap out the oil for a silicone serum and replace the cream layer with grease which has since made a comeback in the natural haired community.

Make sure you try it out for at least 2 weeks or three wash sessions before deciding if it works.

As always remember to have love peace and curly haired bliss.


The Affliction:

Hand-in-Hair syndrome

The Symptoms:

Touching, teasing, and twirling your hair, constantly.

Why it matters:

For a curly trying to retain length this can be detrimental to her growth. So if you have ever wondered if your hands and hair get too much quality time then take our fun, quick and easy quiz to determine if they need to see other people. 

Do you have it?

1. Ever felt like your hands and hair just had this unbreakable bond so much so that your fingers are always creeping up to twist a coil, pat your fro or just check that it's all still there?

2. Are you constantly styling your hair, even without a mirror? You can't explain it, but there is an uneasy feeling you have that something on your head just isn't quite right so you set off trying to fix it. A sensible natural would wait to get in front of a mirror, but a hand-in-hair curly is happy to do an impromptu style session any and everywhere.

3. Do you find your hands or fingers get pretty greasy throughout the day? Ever left greasy fingerprints on surfaces? Chances are it is because you're subconsciously touching your hair and transferring that shea butter mix you used to seal with onto everything you touch. The proof is in the greasy fingerprints!

4. Is your hair a a security blanket? Feeling a little uneasy on a date, scared about your finals or even just bored do you suddenly need to coil sections of your hair repeatedly?

5. Do you love the feel of hands in your hair even if they aren't your own? Whether its your boo, your hairdresser, or the random stranger who asks to touch your hair do you just love the feeling of fingers to fro?

6. Are you a 'gotta try it all' curly? If there isn't a new hair treatment, raved about product, or new styling tool you haven't tried then maybe you just love to play with your hair. However it is important to note that you may also suffer from Product Junkyism which is a separate curly issue with its own rehab program. The PJ meetings take place here.

Your Results:

If you answered yes to 4 or more of these questions then you probably have hand in hair syndrome. However, this issue is nothing to be ashamed of- after all with hair as fabulous as ours who wouldn't want to touch it all day long. Lastly, if you're looking for more ways to kick the habit then this article is a must-read.


So you've determined your curl pattern, but we all know that your Type 4A coils may be nothing like the Type 4A coils of the next woman. Beyond curl pattern, there are four more unique properties that can help you understand the complexity of curls: porosity, density, width and length. Knowing these characteristics of your curls will help you find the right products and techniques to suit them.

One of the curl attributes that is often misunderstood and even left completely out of the curl conversation is hair width.



Whether you're in the midst of a hair-mergency or you’re looking to save on your salon bills, you may find yourself in a position where you need to trim your own hair. With so many professional methods and the individual needs of your unique curl pattern, learning the tricks of this trade can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we here at NaturallyCurly have compiled our list of the most popular methods to trim your hair so you can get the job done without giving yourself an accidental TWA.



Drug store products versus high end products is one of the biggest debates in natural haired history. Ever since companies began creating products geared towards natural hair, women have flocked to them to better care for their tresses. But a resistance arose comprising of women who refused to say goodbye to the tried and true drugstore products that have worked for years. As a curly this can be very confusing because while there are numerous articles (many of which you can find here on NaturallyCurly) speaking out against the evils of lower end products, there are plenty of women advocating for them. So what is a curly to do? We are going to break it down for you to help make your purchase decision an educated one.

The Price

When this debate arises it is inevitable that the price of many high end products is discussed as they can sometimes be double or triple the price of what you can get in your local beauty supply or drug store. Whether or not these products are worth their price depends on what you are looking for in a product. For the most part, the more expensive products contain ingredients which tend to be naturally derived as opposed to cheaper products which tend to contain a lot of fillers like petrolatum or lanolin. This is especially important for curlies who follow the Curly Girl Method who can only use natural products on their hair.

However, paying more money does not always guarantee that a product has a superior list of ingredients. As of late, hair care companies have begun to pouring more effort and research into formulating their products which means that we are seeing many drugstore brands with natural ingredients and entire product lines dedicated to curly hair. Now that the drugstore brands have upped their game it is beginning to become difficult to tell the difference between drug store and high end products.

Generic Brands

As a curly girl I know that there is nothing more annoying than getting a product or sample for free, trying it, loving it, then realizing you'll have to take out a small loan to buy it regularly. But all hope is not lost. For curly women whose hair has expensive taste, you'll be happy to know that it is possible to get a champagne product on a beer budget. Many of our beloved name brand products have cheaper generic alternatives. These no name products usually contain similar if not the same ingredients as the brand name products and work just as well at a fraction of the cost. Brands like generic Paul Mitchell, Infusium, and Nexxus to name a few all have generic versions which are used and loved by curlies.

It Is Possible

Most important of all you should note that it is possible to get gorgeous healthy natural hair using the cheap stuff. There is no rule that states that the more expensive a product the more effective it is, and there are plenty of curlies whose hair is a testament to that fact. The truth is our hair can’t tell the difference between high end or low end products and will respond to a product regardless of the price tag. So if you're a curly on a budget and can’t buy every product raved about on CurlTalk or YouTube, then don't fret because your hair will grow and can be healthy using what you can afford.

Lately even the stars have begun to take note of drugstore brands and have been quoted expressing their love for products that you and I can afford. One such celeb is none other than the gorgeous curly Jordin Sparks who has been photographed purchasing products from the L'Oreal EverCurl line. This has probably come as a shock to many of us who believed her healthy tresses were a result of celebrity stylists and an exclusive hair care line. So for the curlies out there who aspire for celebrity-worthy curls, know that you can now get them without breaking the bank.


Unless you’re a new natural in the honeymoon phase, or just really in love with your hair, then you probably hate spending long periods of time in front of a mirror styling it. It’s tiring on your arms, and if you’re a curly with really long or thick hair then your styling session probably lasts upwards of an hour. Whilst most of us will never get our routine down to a mere five minutes we can implement some changes that can help to shed a few minutes off our styling time.



A Mini Chop is cutting two or more inches of hair off, and is so named after the larger, well-known Big Chop. Whether you have already had a Big Chop, or you're still considering it, here are seven signs that the Mini Chop is for you.



MORE: Do You Need to Do a Mini Chop?




Many coily haired women have noticed that after shampooing their hair they are left with dry, tangled, frizzy tresses and curls that have to be coaxed back to life. If you’re that curly debating between dirty or moisturized hair then there is a solution- cleansing conditioners.

A cleansing conditioner is exactly what the name implies, a conditioner which has the ability to cleanse the scalp and hair.  But what makes them a favorite of many coily haired naturals is the fact that they can effectively clean the hair without stripping it like traditional shampoos. But not all cleansing conditioners are created equally and some cleanse and moisturize more effectively than others. So to find out what conditioners are raved about read on for our top picks.




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