Each step of your hair routine should either 1.) add moisture or water to your hair or 2.) help to retain or prevent the loss of moisture.
Once you understand the purpose your hair regimen its easier to moisturize more effectively.
L = Liquid + O = Oil + C = Cream It’s a basic concept of layering products to achieve maximum hydration for your hair. This method can be used on relaxed and natural hair. When hair is moisturized, it reduces hair breakage and keeps hair hydrated for longer. Hair is like skin, when it gets moisturized when it’s damp it stays hydrated for longer.
It’s scientifically one of the best ways to moisturize natural hair when done with the right products and in the right order.
Let’s explore 3 Reasons Why It Really Works to moisturize hair.
Many women with natural hair have found great success with this method. This is completely understandable. It really makes sense.
Water Equals Moisture
When it comes to moisturizing, water is moisture. Its a no-brainer that adding water as the liquid to your hair is going to moisturize and hydrate.The issue is retaining that moisture from water. And that’s where the other 2 components of the L.O.C. method comes into play.
Oil Helps the Hair Hold on to Water Molecules
This is where the method loses some people. And for good reason. It’s true that oil and water don’t mix. And if you aren’t using oils that penetrate the hair its best to use your cream before your oil or LCO Method.
But certain natural oils have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and bind with the hair internal structure or protein. These oils are coconut, olive, and avocado oil.
They increase the hair’s ability to hold on to water molecules. Coconut oil is also polar and saturated oils and proven to help to reduce protein loss during each shampoo. This keeps the hair strong and prevents breakage.
Cream Locks In Moisture
There’s a little controversy as to what is an appropriate cream. Some women consider their conditioner creams, or their styling products. And this is ok. Many of these products do have ingredients that will act as moisture sealants. But it’s important that your cream is moisturizing. Your cream in this instance should seal the hair cuticle or act as a sealant.
But let’s not get caught up on the word cream. Because the best creams when it comes to this method may or may not be creams at all. The purpose of the cream component is to seal or lock in moisture introduced from L & O.
Natural products that seal and coat the hair are ideal. They are more likely to retain moisture but still allow the hair to take in additional moisture in the case of rehydration between shampoos or co-washes.
The best coating oils are Castor, Grapeseed, and Jojoba. They act as sealants. They can also act as emollients that lubricate and fill in gaps along the hair cuticle to prevent moisture loss.
If you have extremely dry hair and/or live in harsh winter climates consider using natural butters like Shea or Mango as your cream for this step. You can get the best styling results when you seal your ends with whipped Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Gel.
How to actively use the LOC method?
LOC is easy once you get the hang of it, and the more you do it the more it makes sense. Your hair will thank you.
Liquid = Leave in conditioner/ Spray
To start the LOC method, you need to apply a small amount of a water base product such as the spray or leave in conditioner. The water in these products will hydrate your hair.
Oil = Purpul Hair Oil
Proceed to apply the hair oil on the hair and scalp. Sealing in the water base product.
Cream = Shea Butter
The final step of the sealing process. Apply the Shea Butter on the actual hair, to seal all the products. You may do plaits to stretch out your hair
You can do this method every time your hair feels dry or every three days. All products are available on Shop.Hellenrose. Click here to shop
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Written By: Shop.Hellenrose x Purpul Hair