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The LOC versus the LCO Method

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Give These Oils A Try For Softer, Smoother Curls

You've probably heard about the LOC Method. This stands for liquid, oil, and cream. However, did you know there's an alternative method called the LCO Method? Both are useful, but work different for curly girls. This is the LOC versus the LCO method. Give these tips a try for more hydrated, easy to style hair.

The LOC versus the LCO Method


The LOC versus the LCO Method

The LOC Method: liquid, oil, and cream
  1. Moisturize your curly hair with water, or a water based leave-in conditioner. A curl refreshing spray will help keep curls hydrated.
  2. After you've hydrated your curls, seal in the moisture using an oil. Select an oil based on your hair's weight and density. For example, wavy or finer curls should opt for a lighter weight oil such as almond. For thicker, kinkier coils a heavier oil like olive or jojoba will work great.
  3. After you've applied the oil, add a cream, such as Shea butter. This will completely close down your cuticle, and seal the moisture in.
The LCO Method, liquid, cream, and oil
  1. Get started on this method by moisturizing your curls. Use water, and spritz into your curls. Or, a water based leave-in conditioner. You can also create your own by mixing water with your favorite conditioner and placing it into a spray bottle.
  2. After you've applied your water, you can select a good quality cream to seal moisture into your strands. Shea butter, or another cream like mango butter are effective choices.
  3. After you've done this, you can apply your favorite oil to make sure the moisture is sealed in. Oil slows down how quickly water evaporates, and the cream helps prevent moisture loss. This means your curls will be better hydrated, have less frizz, and be much easier to style. You'll also notice your strands are overall healthier.

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