The LOC Method + 7 Natural Hair Product Combos That Won’t Flake

The LOC Method 4C Hair

My hair was extremely dry no matter what I did to it when it was relaxed. And let’s not talk about my itchy scalp. This was partly from the chemicals, but also because I have a thyroid disorder. These issues have cleared for the most part since I ditched the creamy crack and did the big chop. But thirsty 4c hair is a different kind of dry. The LOC Method has been a saving grace in keeping my hair moisturized.

An acronym, the L.O.C. Method is the practice of applying a water based Leave-In Conditioner to (wet) hair to moisturize. Sealing with an Oil to lock in the moisture. Then styling with a Cream to close the hair cuticle and prevent moisture loss. This 3 step product application process leaves the hair extremely moisturized and shiny. You may also use a gel along with the cream for more hold. Sometimes I even omit the cream and style with gel after the oil, and my hair still retains moisture for days.

I’ve been styling my hair using the LOC Method faithfully since my big chop, and it never fails. Here are some of my favorite product combinations that play nicely together without flaking, even when gel is added to the mix…


Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner
Coconut Oil
Alikay Naturals Creme Brulee Curling Delight

Combo #2

As I Am Leave In Conditioner
Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
As I Am Coil Defining Jelly

Combo #3

Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave In
Coconut Oil
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter Creme

Combo #4

CURLS Lavish Curls Moisturizer
Coconut Oil
CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curling Jelly

Combo #5

Giovanni Direct Leave In
Coconut Oil
EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel or Coconut Oil Gel

Combo #6

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
Coconut Oil
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie + Curling Gel Souffle 

Combo #7

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner
Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Styling Lotion

When I style my hair using The LOC Method, it usually holds on to moisture for about a week. I spritz it with water to reactivate the products if it starts to feel dry. Or refresh with a curl refresher spray like the CURLS Lavish Curls Moisturizer. Then I’m good until wash day.

Have you tried The LOC Method? What products do you use?


When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.



  1. Tam
    03.02.2018 / 2:12 pm

    My LOC method is usually SheaMoisture Leave In, homemade oils and Camille Rose styling butter. This will be a great reference. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erica
      03.02.2018 / 6:43 pm

      You’re welcome. What SheaMoisture Leave In do you use, the JBCO?

      • Tam
        03.04.2018 / 8:59 am

        Yes the JBCO

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