Locking Down the LOC Method and Protective Styling
As I learn more about natural hair care and what I need to do in my regimen, I keep finding new techniques and styles that I want to try out on my own hair. The technique that I’m currently trying out is what’s known as the LOC method, which is basically applying a Liquid, Oil and Cream to your hair during your styling process. Even though this seemed like a lot, the benefits of it made sense to me:
-The Liquid moisturizes the hair
-The Oil seals the liquid into the hair and provides nutrients to the scalp and strands
-The Cream acts as a heavier sealant to lock in moisture
With that being said, it was pretty easy incorporating this technique into my everyday styling habits and, as a result, my hair has been shiny and soft and my curls have been POPPIN! Doing this method on wash & gos works really well, but I’ve found that you really get the most out of it when you put your hair in a protective style.
Finding the perfect protective style that suits your face and personal style can be kinda tricky at times. I find myself on Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube for HOURS trying to find a style that’s both cute and easy to do. The best way to find the perfect style for yourself is by figuring out your strengths and weaknesses. For example, ask yourself questions like:
-Am I a good braider?
-How much time do I have to do my hair?
-Which products would give me the best results with this style?
– How long would this style last me?
-Do I have someone that could do my hair for me?
If you’re like me and you’re someone who’s pressed for time, then you may want to choose an easy style like a bun with some sleek baby hairs or some cute bantu knots. If you’re really good at styling your own hair or if you have someone that can style your hair for you, you should choose something that’s low-maintenance like box braids, faux locs or crochet braids since they’ll last you a long time and you won’t have to worry about doing your hair for a while!
Do you do the LOC method? What are some of your favorite protective styles? Comment below!