6 Reasons Why The LOC Method for Moisture Didn’t Work For You

6 Reasons Why The LOC Method for Moisture Didn’t Work For You

Ask about how to keep your hair moisturized and you are guaranteed to hear about the LOC Method for moisture. Tried it and it didn’t work? It happens, here are a few possible reasons why your outcome was less than pleasing:

You didn’t section your hair

Divide your hair into 4 or more sections. This ensures that you can get thorough coverage.

Poor water quality

Unfortunately our water doesn’t always have the best quality especially if you are dealing with hard water. In this case you may want to purify your water using a water filter and then put it into your spray bottle.

You aren’t using water

If you decide to use a leave in for the first step of the LOC method rather than just plain water, make sure that the product has water within the first 5 items of the ingredient list; ideally it should be the first item (same thing for your cream). The product must contain water in order to be an effective moisturizer.

Not using oils penetrate the hair shaft

Coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil are good choices when using the LOC method because they penetrate the hair shaft. If you are using oils that do not penetrate you are better off reversing the order to LCO.

Your hair is weighed down with too much product

Feeling like no matter how much product you add to your hair it is always dry? There is a reason for this. You have too much product buildup and it is time to cleanse your hair. When you have too much product buildup it is challenging for the moisture you are attempting to put into your hair to get through the layers of buildup that is already there. If the buildup is really bad, consider using a clarifying shampoo.

The Styles You Wear

Protective styling not only helps you to retain more length but it also helps you hold onto more moisture. Hair worn out will lose moisture faster than hair that is worn in a bun for example. Try doing more protective styles especially during cold dry weather and see if it makes a difference.

9 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why The LOC Method for Moisture Didn’t Work For You

    1. Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

      Avocado and Olive do in fact penetrate: Scientists at the Textile Research (J. Cosmet.Sci 52, 169-184, 2001) tested Olive oil, Avocado oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Sunflower oil, and Jojoba oil. Their results showed that straight chain glycerides like olive oil easily penetrate into the hair.

      What does that mean in plain English? Olive and Avocado oils penetrate all the way into the hair shaft.

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  1. I wear my hair out a lot due to my short hair and because I don’t know how else to really style my hair. Also I use LCO method because I read oils/butter should be applied after water and my cremes usually have water has the first ingredient. Thanks for the info.

  2. My hair is multi-textured and very dry. So I use the LCO method, but what I do is wait in between each layer, so I spray with the tea, wait until its damp/nearly dry then add the cream, wait again until dampish and then finish off with the oil. Depending on your hair it will be a few minutes in between each layer. this also helps with the build up.

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