Friday, April 29, 2016

Grow Natural Hair, Retain Length: How to Seal in Moisture; What Natural Hair Guru's Aren't Telling You

Many Naturalistas have adopted the coveted L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method to seal moisture into their tresses.   Information about this is all over the web; it's an excellent guide to use when getting started, but it’s always best to try different options to see what your natural hair loves most.  This applies to type 4 naturals as well as transitioners

I should note that because they are the oldest, and often the driest part of the strand, your ends need extra TLC.  To keep them from breaking off, make sure to double up on the moisture, so that your length can come through.

The simple steps are to apply the Liquid first, add the Oil, then seal with a Cream.  In the Natural Afro Hair world, we are governed by a ton of rules, guidelines, and reg-A-lations, but as the ultimate Ruler, your hair chooses the potion(s) you use.  

For me, the L.O.C. method can be a bit heavy for my hair, during the summer, when I’m wearing it out (in twist outs, wash & go’s etc.).   On these occasions, I just do an L.O. and go.  However in the winter, L.O.C. is the bomb for any style I wear, and it’s great for my protective styles any time of the year.  

Bottom line, L.O.C. is not a one size fits all.

Here are some examples of L.O.C. options:


  • Water (typically preferred)
  • Water based leave in conditioner
  • Aloe Vera Juice


  • Almond oil
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Castor oil
  • Etc.


  • Over the counter styling creams
  • Over the counter hairdresses
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut Oil  (well in my case when it's in its solid state)

I usually mix and match based on what I have on hand, but I always remain stocked up on these basic must haves:  

Be encouraged, and have fun trying the countless combinations, to see what your type 4 mane loves the best. 

Thanks for reading, and happy!


L.O.C. product options:


  1. When I make my she's moisture it contains all three L O C, any recipes on using them separately?

  2. Hey!

    You can use any combo that works best for you, based on what your hair loves.

    I spritz on water, then Aloe/ leave-in combo (my liquids), then avocado oil. In the summer I stop there. In the winter I add shea butter (cream).

    Depending on my style, I may exclude the water and use the aloe mix as the liquid. If I am wearing my hair down, in a stretched style, then I do the L.O.C or L.O. method before typing my hair up forbed. That way I still get the moisture without shrinkage.

    I hope this helps��