I’ve always been dealing with super dry hair. I tried all the leave-ins, oils, did the deep conditioning and even trims but nothing seemed to work. As a Communication Studies major, my brain sometimes looks at advertising differently. And yes, this includes the packaging and labeling on hair products. I thought to myself “why are there so many versions of conditioners?” Then it hit me…
Why couldn’t I use a deep conditioner… as a leave-in?
Deep conditioners have always given me the best moisture for my hair – better than any curl defining cream or leave-in conditioner. Using a deep conditioner as a leave-in has changed my hair’s health dramatically. The best part about it is that when I go to rinse or wash my hair, the deep conditioner essentially gets reactivated and my hair feels soft again. I wash, condition, rinse out the conditioner, and then apply the deep conditioner and put an oil on top and boom! Hair is super moisturized.
These companies make so much money with all their recommendations and suggestions. They will sell you a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, detangler, deep conditioner, twist and define cream, and gel, and an oil when in reality, you don’t need all of that. At least I don’t anymore. Sure, I still dabble in experimenting with different shampoos or conditioners for the shower but my after-wash routine is always good. I will also be quick to bust out the Eco Styler when attempting an actual style but as far as moisture, deep conditioners work best!
The L.O.C method stands for Leave in, Oil, and Cream in this order. What they don’t tell you about this method is that the most important ingredient is water. Please do not try this method or any variations on dry hair. You should do this on wet hair.
What do they each do? Leave-in Conditioner: Helps moisturize and makes it easier to detangle. Oil: Seals in the water to prevent dryness in the long run. Cream/Gel: Helps define your texture. Also good for frizz control. If you are looking to style your hair, I would also suggest using a cream or gel.
Ask yourself – what are you looking for? Big Hair
If you want big hair, I would suggest just sticking to a leave in conditioner. I would skip the O(il) and C(ream) steps all together.
Tamed Hair Throw in the oil if you want your hair tamed. This will create a mixture of big and defined.
Follow the steps all the way through starting with the leave in and working your way to the cream or gel.
What products should you use? Unfortunately, I cannot provide you a list of specific products that will work for you. This is where the trial and error process occurs. The only advice I could give is to look at the thickness of your hair, not the texture (density versus pattern). If your hair is thicker, I would suggest using heavier creams. If your hair is thinner, I would suggest lightweight products.
I have been using the L.O.C method for years now and have seen nothing but positive results. My hair has grown thick and shiny from using this method. It also helps me narrow down what I buy and use. One thing I would suggest is to change your products one at a time. Do not buy a new oil, leave in, and cream and then try them all at once. You want to be able to identify what works and what doesn’t work for your hair.