Are there days where you struggle with getting your hair hydrated during this natural hair journey? Do you feel like you add products but the moisture and hydration of your hair never seem to last long? What about on wash days? Do you notice that once you add products to your hair, it looks full, moisturize, define, and hydrated for about a day, and then it seems to return back to its natural dry state? I know we all struggle with this and sometimes it makes you question if you want to continue this natural hair journey that we’re all on. However, if you’re thinking about quitting because you just can’t seem to get your hair to reach that maximum hydration for about 2-3 days. I can tell you from experience that utilizing one of these methods is like winning the lottery, because it not only brings life back into your hair, but the hydration that your hair now receives only enhances any style you are looking to do. So, my natural hair friends, the LOC/LCO method is for you.
What Is The LOC/LCO Method
LOC/ LCO method has the same meaning but the order of application is different. Meaning LOC stands for Leave- in/liquid, Oil, and Cream. Whereas, LCO stands for Leave in/liquid, Cream, and Oil. Many people look at both of these methods as the same but in actuality, they’re not because of the order of application to your hair. So what do I mean? If you look at the second step for both, then you noticed the LOC method has oil as its second step, and the LCO method has cream as its second step. To many of us, this doesn’t look like a big change but when it comes to our natural hair, these minute changes will make all of the difference as it relates to achieving that healthy moisturized look. I say this because depending on your porosity type, one method may work better than the other.
So if you have low porosity hair then the LCO method will work best for you. Since products take a lot longer to absorb within this hair type, applying the oil last, which is the sealant [an oil that seals in moisture], will then allow those products that will naturally sit on top of the hair, more time to absorb. However, when it comes to high porosity hair, the LOC method will work best. The reason being is because high porosity hair has open cuticles, which naturally allows moisture to be easily absorbed. By having the oil, which is the sealant second. This will then seal the cuticles and hold on to the moisture received from the liquid/leave-in that was previously used, prior to applying the last step which is the cream to your hair.
So Why Leave Ins and Hair Creams
Leave ins and hair creams are my favorite things to use on my hair and here’s why. They provide an extra boost of moisture that we often need right after we wash our hair and when we’re in between washes/styles. Not only that they help to define our curls without, drying it out or weighing it down and adds shine, which is something we all want.
Plus, it aids in detangling, taming frizz, works as a heat protectant, and protects the hair from harsh environments. Now if you’re asking, how to pick a leave-in or hair cream, then that’s simple. Picking it depends on you and your hair type/ texture. So what do I mean by this? Depending on if you have curly, fine, wavy, or kinky hair, your leave-in choices may differ. If you’re a person who likes to flat iron, silk press, or blow-dry your hair. Then find leave-ins/ creams that will also work as a heat protectant. For those of you who have color-treated hair. Look for products that will either preserve your hair color and are safe to apply to color-treated hair. For curly, wavy, and kinky hair, finding products that are either water-based and/or contains a lot of natural oils will help to lock in the necessary moisture, we often need on this natural hair journey.
If you’re not sure about which porosity your hair texture falls into, then check out our posts called low and high porosity hair to learn about its characteristics. The links to each post can be found by clicking on low or high.
Depending on the type of oil you use [ I.e carrier oils, essential oils, penetrating oils or sealant oils, etc.], it will help your hair in a number of different ways.
- It helps to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, which then helps to promote hair growth.
- It works as a sealant, which allows it to lock in moisture contained within your hair. Plus it will close any open cuticles your hair may have.
- It helps to fight against dandruff, hair damage, spilt ends, frizz, harsh environments, breakage, and hair loss.
- It stimulates sebum production, which is produced by the sebaceous gland. This allows the microscopic exocrine gland to open within the hair follicles, in order for it to secrete an oily substance into the hair and skin. This oily substance will help to lubricate and moisturize the hair.
Lastly, if you are someone who likes to create DIYs, often melting down hair butters with oils like coconut, safflower, argan or pumpkin seed, etc. Then whipping it with water until it settles and turns into a cream, is an easy way to create your own leave-in treatment or hair cream.
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