This 3-Step Curly Hair Routine Controls Frizz and Locks in Moisture for Good

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I think I peaked in terms of hair as a toddler. A look back at family photos reveals coiffed ringlets that look straight out of a shampoo commercial. No frizz, split ends, or dryness in sight. (Ah, the good old days!) As an adult, I've found that a proper curly hair routine calls for a certain level of finesse, one the L.O.C. method offers in spades.

As YouTuber LaPorcha Tanzale explains, everyone with curly and wavy hair needs to memorize the technique to lock in moisture and control frizz. The routine works on both wet and dry strands, so you can use it fresh out of the shower or anytime your curls need some extra shine.

Learn the 3-step L.O.C. curly hair routine

One of the strengths of the L.O.C. curtly hair routine is that you can reorder the steps as you see fit. For example, some folks (like Tanzale) find applying the cream first to be a more effective option. So give it a whirl, and see what works best for your curls.

L: Liquid or Leave-In Conditioner

Separate your hair into sections and carefully spritz each one with your choice of water (Tanzale adds lavender for a dreamy scent), or a leave-in conditioner.

Well+Good beauty editors recommend: Aquis Restorative Leave-In Conditioner($26) or The Good Stuff Intensive Nourish Cream ($8)

O: Oil

Pour a dime-sized amount of oil into your hand and run it through each section.

Well+Good beauty editors recommend: Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil ($42) or IGK Speechless Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($27)

C: Cream

Still focusing section by section, squeeze a teeny-tiny amount of product into your hands. Rub it between your palms and smooth through your hair, starting at the end and working your way up to mid-length.

Well+Good beauty editors recommend: Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Lavender Mint Taming Cream ($17) or Brigeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Avocado Leave–In Defining Crème ($20)

There you have it! Your hair is perfectly hydrated and ready for styling, whipping back and forth, or wearing au naturale.

If you're stumped on new ways to style your hair (same), try wrap-around ponytails or Dutch braids

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