Updated: May 13, 2021
I'm sure you've heard of the LOC Method, a technique for moisturizing curly hair, but depending on your hair's porosity, the LCO method may be better for you. In this blog post, I will cover both methods, then you can decide which is best for your hair. Let's get into it!
LOC Method (Liquid, Oil, Cream)
To begin the LOC Method, you start with freshly washed hair. Next, mist hair with a spray bottle if necessary and apply a leave-in conditioner. After that, apply an oil of your choice to seal in the liquid moisture. Oils like jojoba and coconut oil are particularly great for moisturizing high and low porosity hair. To finish off the LOC Method, use a moisturizing cream, and style your hair as desired.
In my opinion, this method seems to work best for high porosity hair. High porosity hair easily absorbs moisture, but tends to lose that moisture just as quickly. LOC is great for high porosity hair because it seals in moisture quickly with oil, and then adds an extra layer of moisture with the cream. This allows your hair to better retain moisture. High porosity hair can be genetic, but it can also be the result of heat/chemically damaged hair that has been stripped of its nutrients.
Here is a great example of the LOC Method on natural hair with a wash n go:
Now let's move onto the LCO Method!
LCO Method (Liquid, Cream, Oil)
The LCO Method follows the same steps, just in a different order. With the LCO Method, oil is added at the end of the moisturizing process. This method favors low porosity hair which is not easy to penetrate with moisture. It is important to know that most creams are a mixture of liquids and oils, so adding the cream after misting provides your hair with a more penetrating moisture. The oil acts as a sealant to ensure that the moisture is locked into your hair strands and does not escape. Personally, LCO is my favorite!
Here is a great example of the LOC Method on natural hair:
Here is a great example of the LOC Method on natural hair with a twist out:
When it comes to deciding which is better for your hair, remember that throughout your life, your hair will go through different stages. It is important to consider your hair porosity, the health of your hair, but the best way to know is to try both out and see what works best for you.