L.C.O - Liquid, Cream, Oil MethodTuesday, November 26, 2013
As you may or may not know, L.C.O Method is the reversed order of the L.O.C Method. So, instead of the cream sealing the oil in, the oil is sealing in the cream when using the L.C.O Method. Some prefer this method over the L.O.C Method as they state their hair is much softer and retains more moisture. I haven't tried this method as yet but I'm interested in comparing the two to see how it responds to my relaxed hair.
Liquid is the ultimate moisturizer. It will automatically hydrate the hair once applied. The thick cream acts as a sealant that locks in the liquid/leave-in, thus ensuring no moisture is lost. It's best to use a water based cream moisturizer for this process. This layering effect allows the hair to retain high moisture levels. By using an oil as the last step, you are ensuring that all moisture remains in the hair shaft. On the contrary, with the L.O.C Method, applying the oil before the cream could potentially be locking out all moisture benefits from the cream, as it is the last step. Depending on your hair, both methods can be extremely beneficial to those who exhibit struggles to maintain moisturized hair.
Easy Step-by-Step Instructions:
- Apply your water based leave-in conditioner or water based moisturizer (in spray form) to your hair in sections.
- Take your moisturizing cream or butter and apply it to the hair in sections. Seal in the moisture.
- Apply a thin layer of oil to each section of the hair to lock in the moisture. Focus on your ends.
The L.O.C Method and L.C.O Method work well to ensure that the hair remains moisturized for long periods of time. Depending on your hair type, either method could work for you. As I mentioned before, those with dryness issues, would benefit and should try this technique in their regimen.