The KƆɪLI L.O.C Method

Hi Koilies,
One of our most frequently asked questions is how to use our products for best results. The ultimate aim when using our products is to ensure complete nourishment, conditioning and moisturising. The technique we have typically used to achieve this is the L.O.C method which stands for the Liquid or Leave In, Oil and Cream Method. The name itself signifies the products one should apply, as well as the order in which to apply them, making it an easy-to-remember routine. 

LIQUIDS/LEAVE-INs As we have stated before, we consider water to be the best liquid to get your hair well moisturised. Leave-ins are a great addition for  reducing breakage, adding shine and encouraging curl definition. We usually mix one part warm water with one part leave-in* in a spray bottle then apply to each section of hair (4-6 of them) and use our fingers to detangle each section.  

On wash day (which you can read about here and here), you can use your liquid/leave in as an overnight deep conditioner then rinse it out in the morning for cleansing purposes. We typically do this every two weeks.  After washing, we would apply the liquid/leave-in mix again to damp hair in sections without rinsing out. If we are not looking to wash but just moisturise our hair, we would apply the leave in/water mix and detangle then proceed to the next step on oil without rinsing out.  

OIL While water is the best moisturiser, it tends to evaporate fairly quickly. This is where oils and butters come in. By using oil followed by a thicker, heavier butter-based moisturizer on top you are ensuring that as much moisture as possible remains on the hair shaft. If  you have damaged hair that needs more TLC, we recommend you use our intensive treatment to each section after the leave-in step, working from root to tip. If your hair is relatively healthy but requires more moisture than anything else, we recommend our hair and body oil for this step. 

CREAM The final step is to apply a butter-based, creamy moisturizer to your hair to seal your liquids in. Use our castor and avo butter if your hair is in need of more TLC and use the marula and jojoba butter for more of routine moisturising. 

The method will work best for high porosity hair i.e. hair that always feels dry and thirsty and struggles to hold moisture. Be aware that if your hair has low porosity and holds on to moisture easily, it may be wighed down by the combination of oils and butters. 

Have you tried the L.O.C method? Do let us know! 

*The African leave-in conditioner market for natural hair remains quite small and while we are developing one of our own, we currently use the Tressemme Mositure Rich conditioner. While this is not a leave-in per se, we use it with our oils and butters for sleek and soft results. 


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