LCO vs LOC: Which Method is Best for Your Hair Porosity?

Gaining and maintaining moisture is always the goal for the naturally curly community. We love your natural curls, but we also understand that beauty takes a bit of maintenance. 


How to moisturize your hair properly will depend on your type of hair, but today we want to talk to you about our two favorite methods for adding moisture to hair: the LOC method and the LCO method. 

If you are excited to try out either the LCO or the LOC method, then let’s give your hair a fresh wash and discuss all there is to know about both methods. 

What is the LCO Method?

The LCO method stands for liquid, cream, and oil and indicates the sequence that you will add each product to your hair. The end goal; tons of moisture that last for days. 


The LCO method is a technique used in the natural hair community that consists of adding a liquid, such as a revitalizing mist or water, followed by your cream of choice, then finishing up the process with your favorite oil.


If you’re looking to get more moisture back into your natural locks and have low to medium porosity hair, this is the method for you (but more on that later). 


We always recommend using the LCO technique on freshly washed hair. 

What is the LOC Method?

Similar to the LCO method, the LOC method stands for liquid, oil, then cream. Changing the sequence will work to trap more moisture into your hair and keep it hydrated for longer.


With this method, you will rehydrate with your liquid, then add your cream, and seal in the cream with your oil.


If you have high to medium porosity hair, then the LOC method could be a perfect technique for you.


As always, in order for the LOC method to work its magic, we recommend using this technique on freshly washed hair. 

What Are The Best Products to Use?

The types of products you should use for each step will vary depending on your type of hair. You might need to play around with a combination of products that work best for you, but the typical product contenders include:


Best Liquid: Water or a water-based leave-in conditioner will work wonders. You can also use a water-based hydrating mist or a light and watery curl refresher. 


We also recommend using the Shedavi Crowned Styling Revitalizing Mist. 


We always tell our naturals to never skip this step! It is so important to refresh the hair before adding the cream and oil.


Best Oil: You want to find an oil that can penetrate the hair and that can act as a sealant to trap all of that rich moisture. You can find many of these oils at home, such as:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Castor oil.

If you are looking for a blend of the aforementioned oils, so your curls can receive a multitude of benefits, then we recommend using the Shedavi Hair & Scalp Growth Elixir.


Best Cream: The type of cream you will want to use will depend on the final outcome, but any type of thick curl cream, defining cream, or moisturizing cream will work perfectly for this step. Depending on your hair type, your cream can be anything from a nice moisturizer to a heavy butter.


If you want to trap in moisture and define your curls, we love using the Shedavi Crowned Styling Leave-In Conditioner to achieve bouncy, defined, and moisturized curls. 


Is LCO or LOC Method Best for High Porosity Hair?

If you have high porosity hair, your hair can easily allow for moisture but then just as easily loses that moisture. Since your hair will lose the moisture quickly, you will want to trap the moisture in. Doing this will keep and maintain hydration longer.


For this, we recommend creating a sealant on your hair, and for that reason, the LOC method will be best for your hair type. 


Using the LOC method will give your hair the chance to really absorb the oils and then lock in all of that rich moisture with your cream.


Since high porosity hair easily takes moisture, we recommend that you use water for your liquid. This way, your hair will be perfectly moisturized but not greasy and weighed down as it could be if you used a leave-in conditioner for the liquid stage. 

Is LCO or LOC Method Best for Medium Porosity Hair?

Since medium porosity hair has a fine time allowing for moisture, then either method could be great for you. 


Since the LCO and LOC method should theoretically last you at least 3-5 days, if the method that you are choosing does not give you results in that range, then you may want to try to do the other one.


Play around with both methods to see which one keeps your hair feeling moisturized longer. 


Is LCO or LOC Method Best for Low Porosity Hair?

Since low porosity hair has a harder time penetrating the hair shaft since the cuticles in the hair lay flat. It is recommended to use the LCO method.


With low porosity hair, our goal is moisture, always. For that reason, we recommend using a watery, leave-in conditioner for the liquid followed by a thick cream. 


We think it is best to warm up your cream a bit so that it can help the cuticle layer can lift up and allow more moisture to enter into the hair shaft. 


Remember, low porosity hair does not take well to excess moisture. Therefore, you may find your hair feeling heavy after doing one of these methods. If that’s the case, try using a lighter oil like jojoba so that the hair will feel lighter.


Which Method Will You Use? 

So, there you have it, ladies. You just got a crash course in the LOC method vs the LCO method. Whether you find that the LOC method or the LCO method is best for your hair, we hope you gain a new level of moisture and bounce to your curls.


As always, we recommend using Shedavi products for your LOC or LCO day. The Shedavi hair and scalp growth elixir contains over 20 essential oils and is perfect for adding and trapping in moisture to your hair. 


We hope you find the perfect method to enhance those curls and keep your hair moisturized for longer. 

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