L. O. C. stands for liquid, oil, cream. That’s the methodology to moisturizing natural hair, so the products used don’t matter, as long as they’re liquified, oily, and creamy….right?
I’ve tried a lot, and I mean a LOT of different products. With all this product exploration came a better understanding of my hair and what it I found is that all oils are not equal.
When I first started using the LOC method and really paying attention to the oils I was putting in my hair, I thought as long as I used an oil my hair would be happy. However, that was not the case and it confused me because I thought I was doing all the right things. After testing just about every type of oil there is to test, I finally found my hair’s favorites and have paid the price when trying to divert from what works.
I’m not just talking the obvious no-no petrolatum and mineral oils either. What I mean is that over time, I’ve found that my hair responds better to grape seed oil better than olive oil, vitamin E mix better than most other oil cocktails, raw oils better than mixed oils, and coconut oil better than any others. I learned this from how my hair looked and felt after sealing with these oils. I could also tell when detangling with them which oils absorbed into my strands, making them easier to unknot than others.
So be careful when choosing oils, some will make your scalp itch. Some will make your hair feel greasy, some may even make it feel more dry. But that’s the beauty of the journey so explore, try and find out what works best for your curls, they’ll thank you for it! Let me know some of your hair’s favorites so I can give them a try 🙂