Our community loves talking about the LOC Method, which is the order of applying your leave-in conditioner or liquid, an oil, and then a curl cream. If you are interested in giving the LOC Method a try, here are the tips and products that you'll need. If you find that this doesn't work for you, then modify it, personalize it, get creative with this template! We always love to hear what you come up with.
How to do the LOC Method
Start with freshly cleansed hair. Nikki used the Avocado + Quinoa Co-wash instead of a shampoo because she wanted to maintain her moisture as she cleansed. When co-washing, be sure to use the pads of your fingers to gently massage your scalp, this will help to lift and remove any dirt or residue that you may have. This is also a great opportunity to use your fingers or your wide tooth comb to detangle while your curls are saturated in the co-wash. This will leave your hair feeling clean, soft and free of tangles.
L is for Leave-in (or Liquid)
The next step is to apply your leave-in conditioner or liquid. Our curly community members have their own routines whether it's using a leave-in conditioner, water in a spray bottle, or aloe vera juice - find what works for your hair. Nikki used the Rosarco Milk spray leave-in because her hair has been in desperate need of moisture and softening since she colored it a dark blue this summer.
O is for Oil
Next apply your oil to seal in the dose of moisture you have just given your hair. Oils act as a sealant that will help prevent you from needing to apply additional layers of moisturizing products to your hair every day. When choosing an oil, make sure to avoid non-water soluble silicones or chemical additives and opt for an all-natural oil instead. This is especially important if you are co-washing your hair rather than shampooing regularly, because non-water soluble silicones require a sulfate shampoo to be removed from the hair. Nikki chose to use Rosarco Oil, which is a blend of natural oils like rosehip, argan and coconut oil.
C is for Cream
The final step is to apply a cream. The cream will act as a final sealant over your oil, locking in the moisture, and depending on the product you choose could provide the hold you need to style your hair. Look for a product that will hydrate as well as define your curls, like Briogeo's Curl Charisma Leave-In Defining Creme. Several of the curly girls (with curl patterns ranging from loose 2C waves to 3C curls and coils) in the NaturallyCurly office swear by this cream because it provides hold as well as moisture.
Watch Nikki's LOC Method
What about LCO?
Many curlies in our community prefer to apply a leave-in, then a cream, and finish with an oil. There is no right way to moisturize your hair as long as it leaves you loving your curls. So give both methods a try and see which version your curls prefer.
Have you ever tried the LOC Method?
This article is sponsored by Briogeo.