Are you wondering what the LOC vs LCO method is and which regimen is best for your hair type?
The order in which you apply your products is just as important as the products you use. Mismanagement of products is not only expensive, but it can also lead to dry and damaged hair because you’re not creating a routine that caters to your hair. I posted here a few products and tools that I personally use to create my frizz-free curls. Check it out!
Two of the most popular ways that naturals keep their tresses looking luscious is through using the LOC and LCO methods. Either one of these methods is best when performed on freshly washed hair; however, you can do it any time. Just make sure that you don’t develop too much build-up for not shampooing your hair on a regular basis!
Let’s dive in! We’ll begin by taking a look at the LOC method. LOC stands for liquid, oil, and then cream.
- The liquid in this routine is the most important part, hence why it comes first! Moisture is notoriously hard for natural hair to retain, so you’ll want to be sure your product has a water-based formula.
- Any leave-in conditioner or hair spray should have the main ingredient as water. If you don’t want to or have time to check ingredients, then feel free to just use good old fashioned water.
- After applying your liquid, then you would want to apply your oil (or serum is what I recommend). The reason that you want to use your oil after the liquid is that the oil penetrates the hair shaft and helps to seal in water, preventing it from evaporating too quickly.
- Most blogs will tell you that the oils that are best for penetrating the hair shaft are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil, which is true, however, I do not recommend coconut oil for natural hair.
- Coconut oil can be great for the hair as a serum or by using Coconut milk, but for individuals with extremely coarse or brittle hair, be careful using coconut oil, as the added proteins can cause the hair to stiffen, become dry and break off.
- The final step in the LOC method is the cream which is responsible for locking in water. It can also supply more moisture to the hair depending on the ingredients.
- Your cream can be anything from a nice moisturizer to a heavy butter or curl activator. The goal is to find a product that is on the thicker side so that it adds an extra layer of protection and the hair can reach its maximum hydration.
- Another method of getting your hair moisturized is the LCO method, which flips around the cream and oil steps. Depending on your preference and hair type, some may find that the oils are better suited as a sealant. This is particularly true for your heavier oils like Castor oil which both penetrates the hair and is thick enough to be a good sealant as well.
A Note for You:
- Our natural hair care journey is supposed to be a fun process, that is why I like to switch things up from time to time and see what my hair likes.
- Here is an example of the LOCS method that I personally to use after a fresh wash or co-wash:
- L – Leave-in Conditioner (Liquid/water-based)
- O – Hair Growth Oil (Massage the Scalp)
- C – Styling Cream, Edge Control Gel or Curl Activator
- S – Anti-Frizz, Hydrating or Shine Serum of Choice