Is your hair a mess to moisturize? Does it seem like all those hydrating products just slip off? Well, if you have low porosity hair, that’s exactly what’s happening. Your tightly closed, healthy hair cuticle is locking out everything including moisture. No worries, there’s a way to get moisture inside your parched curls. It’s called the LCO method, and it works.
What Is LCO?
The LCO method uses three steps to prepare your hair for retaining moisture. You need to apply a liquid-based conditioner, styling cream, and oil to your hair in the right order. Then your hair can be moisturized and stylized to your heart’s content!
This process works because the oil and cream help lock in the moisture that the leave-in cream has put into your hair. It’s the perfect method if your hair won’t hold on to any moisture on a cold day.
The process works by layering the different components on top of one another and creating a barrier. Once your hair absorbs the liquid, then the cream absorbs the extra water. Once you apply the oil, it mixes with the cream and creates a barrier to protect your hair.
How To Do It
There are four steps to complete the method, and they have to be done in order:
- Wash Your Hair Normally with Water and Shampoo
- Apply Water or a Water-Based Leave-In Conditioner
- Add Styling Cream or Butter
- Add an Oil
Once you have completed all four steps, you can style your hair without trouble. Your hair will retain moisture for up to a week, and you can do all your favorite styles.
Hair Type for LCO
Now the LCO method isn’t for everyone, and it works the best if you have low porosity hair. Hair porosity is one thing that definitely affects your hair care routine.
Your hair’s porosity level is your hair’s ability to take in moisture and how long it can keep the water inside the strands.
If you have high porosity hair, your hair can absorb water but won’t hold onto it for long. Low porosity hair doesn’t absorb moisture as well but will hold onto it for long periods.
If you try to moisturize your hair and it is low porosity, then the products you use won’t absorb into your hair.
The LCO method consists of light products that will be absorbed by your hair and heavier products that will lock in moisture for long periods.
If you happen to have high porosity hair, you can still use the LCO method, but you will need to make a few changes. The process is still the same, but you will need to use heavier and thicker creams and oils.
The heavier creams and oils will allow your hair to hold onto the water while also taking advantage of the high porosity’s natural absorption.
The method helps if you have very dry hair, allowing for stronger moisture retention for long periods. You won’t have to deal with dry hair and frizzy or broken strands whenever you style your hair.
You’ll also be able to moisturize your hair every two days without any feeling of dryness in between. Moist hair has several benefits, so you want to keep that moisture retained for as long as possible.
What is the LOC Method?
Like the LCO method, which is liquid, cream and oil, the LOC method stands for liquid, oil, cream.
LCO vs LOC: Which Method is Best for Your Hair Porosity?
LCO is best for low porosity hair that has a hard time getting moisture to penetrate. LOC is better for high porosity hair because moisture penetrates and escapes from it too quickly.
What Are The Best Products to Use for LCO?
It’s always best to use water for your liquid. This is because all hair needs water and natural water needs it every day. It is truly the foundation for hydration. Whether you’ll use a hair cream or a conditioner for your “C” really depends on what your products do for you.
If you have a cream or conditioner with extra slip and you need to detangle, then use the one with extra slip. If your hair is weak and your cream or conditioner has more strengthening ingredients, use that instead.
Shea butter is heavier than oil, so choose it if you have thick strands. If your hair strands are thin in diameter, then go for a lighter oil that won’t weigh you down too much.
So which method is better, LCO or LOC?
Although LCO is generally best for low porosity hair and the opposite is true for the LOC method, which one you prefer will depend on your hair. No one head of hair is like another. So try both, you might find you like LOC, even if your hair is low porosity–or vice versa.
What Is Hair Porosity?
Hair porosity can depend on genetics or it can tell you how damaged your hair is. Low porosity hair has a completely intact hair cuticle that’s tightly closed.
High porosity hair has hair cuticle shingles that stick up and gain and lose water easily. The cuticle isn’t flat usually because of alkaline water and hair products or because of permanent processes like hair lighteners or chemical relaxers. When the cuticle sticks up, it’s easy for it to become damaged and start missing cuticle shingles in places.
How to Determine Your Hair Porosity?
You’ll need a glass of distilled water and a few clean hair strands. They should be freshly washed. Drop them in the water and allow a few hours for them to process. If your hair is low porosity, it will float on top, not having absorbed any water. If it is high in porosity, it will sink to the bottom as it absorbs water.
For dry hair that doesn’t respond well to moisture and doesn’t retain it, then the LCO method can be an excellent part of your hair care routine. It’s easy to do with just three ingredients, and the benefits are real, no matter your hair type.
Give it a try today, and see what it can do for your strands!