LOC vs LCO

Hello my naturalistas! This post is discussing the two main methods that are used to retain moisture in your hair. If you’re unfamiliar with what the letters stand for in the acronym, L stands for liquid, O stands for oil and C stands for cream.

The LOC method:

  1. Saturate/moisturize your hair with water or a leave in conditioner (preferably water based)
  2. Seal in your moisture with an oil of your choice
  3. Use a cream to close the hair cuticle, which also seals in moisture

The LCO method:

  1. Saturate/moisturize your hair with water or a leave in conditioner (preferably water based)
  2. Use a cream to close the hair cuticle, which also seals in moisture
  3. Seal in your moisture with an oil of your choice

Because oil is a sealant and not moisturizer, most naturalistas would say use the LCO method to seal in the moisture with oil last. I tried the LCO method and it didn’t work for me. I felt like my hair was being weighed down with the oil last. So, I use the LOC method and it works just fine for me. Everyone’s hair is different, so try both to see what works best for you.

Feel free to comment what method you use and your experiences.

Thanks for reading xoxo

8 thoughts on “LOC vs LCO

  1. Funny enough mine is the opposite, LOC method caused my hair to feel so dry. I can make do with just LC (however it has to be a very moisturising cream) or LCO from time to time. For now I have switch back to LCO but use Aloe vera oil because

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      • Oh wow that’s interesting. I use castor oil, so maybe that’s why the LCO method didn’t work for me. I’ve used a light oil before, but I didn’t think it was doing enough for my thick hair. But, everyone’s hair is different. Thank you for reading and letting me know your experience 😊

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  2. Yea definitely no one head of hair is the same, different strokes for different folks. I find Castor oil too thick, lol contrary to popular belief, it actually broke off my edges and thinned out the rest of my hair. I think because it was too thick it was suffocating my strands.

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      • I know right! Yes thankfully lol…this happened about early 2016 (when I was trying a bunch of raved about things), I had to quickly find ways to repair the damage, but it was so frustrating. I am still improving on the overall health of my hair and scalp especially day by day to get it to reach its full potential.

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      • Well I’m glad your hair is back thick and I think all of us are trying to keep our hair healthy lol. It’s nice to hear other naturals experiences bc I don’t have many “natural” friends lol. I started my blog to tell my experiences, but also to inform other “naturals” and hear about their experiences bc like I’ve mentioned before what may work for me, may not work for others and vice versa.

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