How to moisturize 4b/4c Hair - LOC/LCO Method



Type 4 hair especially the 4b/4c curl type is known to be dry and frizzy. Dry hair is prone to breakage so to retain length, it is important to keep the hair moisturized. What I'm sharing here is just a method I use to moisturize my hair. You can add or remove items to suit your hair's need. 


What is the LOC method? 
The LOC method is a method used to moisturize hair. The letters stand for what to add at each step and the order they are arranged shows how to apply them to achieve maximum moisture retention. 


Step 1 - L (Liquid) 
L stands for a liquid (preferably water or Aloe Vera juice) or a water-based leave-in conditioner. Spray little water on hair to dampen it and apply the leave-in conditioner or Aloe Vera juice to the hair. If hair is freshly washed just move over to applying the leave-in conditioner/ Aloe Vera juice.


Step 2 - O (Oil) 
O stands for oil. After applying the liquid, apply an oil to seal in the moisture from the liquid. The kind of oil to be used depends on your hair porosity. For low porosity hair, it is best to use light oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil etc. This is to prevent the oil from weighing down the hair. For high porosity hair, use any of the oils, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil etc. are all good.


Step 3 - C (Cream) 
C stands for cream. This cream can either be natural butters like Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter etc. or products like curling creams and gels depending on what style you want to install. Apply a cream to seal in moisture from the oil. 

If you try this method of moisturizing and you don't see any positive results then try change the order to LCO.  For LCO method, you apply a cream to seal in moisture from the liquid then apply an oil to seal moisture from the cream.

Who has tried these methods on their hair? Which of the methods do you use and why?  Let's hear from you in the comment box. 

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    1. Hi there, this method works just fine with 4a too. You would have to experiment to see if the LOC fits you better or the LCO method.

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