L. O. C. Method
HOW TO REPAIR HIGH POROSITY HAIR
Now that you know you have high porosity hair don’t worry there's still hope for you! It simply means you need to repair it. You can make a dramatic comeback from a high porosity condition if you know what to do.
Want to know the trick to growing high porosity hair? Viola its PROTEIN! Its the fundamental cornerstone of high porosity hair care. With a healthy dose of protein you will repair your hairs structure. Protein will help patch up the holes in no time!
What is the LOC method?
LOC is an abbreviation for Liquid or Leave-in Conditioner, Oil, and Cream.
This method indicates what type of products should be applied to your hair and also the order you should layer them to achieve moisture retention. Each layer you apply locks in the moisture from the previous one.
Using the LOC method for your curls will help prevent water from escaping and will keep your hair moisturized longer. When you use an oil followed by a thicker, heavier cream or butter-based moisturizer, it ensures the moisture remains in the hair shaft.
This method is beneficial for all naturals who struggle to maintain moisturized natural hair.
How to do the LOC method
The LOC method is easy to incorporate in your current natural hair regimen since it involves using products you already own. The only thing that would change is the order in which you apply them to your hair.
If you would like to start using this method to keep your natural hair moisturized, follow the steps below:
Step one – L (Liquid or Leave-in)
The first step is the L, also known as liquid or leave-in conditioner. This step is done to add moisture to your hair that will eventually be sealed in.
A good product to apply would be a water-based leave-in conditioner. You want your conditioner to contain water as the first ingredient. For this step, you can even use something as simple as the
Once you finish adding moisture to your natural hair, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Step two – O (Oil)
In this step, you can choose any oil to lock in the moisture. However, in order to select the best oil, you should know the porosity of your natural hair. For which oils are best for each porosity see list below!
Step three – C (Cream)
The final step in the LOC method is applying a creamy moisturizer to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss. Your cream can also provide your curls with definition and hold. The type of cream you use will depend on the hairstyle you’re trying to achieve.
You can use Shea or Mango to name a few to lock in moisture for this step.
Now you can use this step to apply a gel. A gel can provide more definition and hold than creams, however, you must ensuring that your hair is properly moisturized before applying a gel is key!
How do I know if I should use this method?
As the LOC method is great for naturals with high porosity hair or those who struggle with dry, natural hair. Your hair’s porosity can play a role in whether the LOC method will work for your hair. Since high porosity hair has cuticles that are porous and tend to lose moisture quickly, using this method is great and will maximize moisture retention but also help you to be able to go days without having to moisturize your curls.
However, if you have low porosity hair and use the LOC method, there’s a chance your hair may become limp or oily. Low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles and is more prone to product build-up. Honestly, everyone’s hair is different and won’t respond the same way to the LOC method. If you find this method doesn’t work well for you, there is another way you can moisturize your natural hair.
MOISTURE RETENTION-OPTION 2
If your hair doesn’t respond well, you can attempt to alter the method to suit the needs of your hair. Some find that switching up the order they apply their products provide them with better results. So instead of using the LOC method, they use the LCO method.
LCO is an abbreviation for Liquid, Cream, and Oil.
Now, if your hair is easily weighed down or prone to product build-up, you can limit the number of products you apply to your natural hair. Instead of applying three different products, try using two or even one if possible.
As your on this healthy hair journey and continue to find which method works best for your natural hair! I would say try different product combinations first to see the results you achieve before you alter your method of choice.
Remember, moisturizing your natural hair is so important if you're trying to reach your length goals and achieve healthy natural hair. DON'T WORRY BOO YOUR HAIR WILL THRIVE AS LONG AS YOU CONTINUE TO CARE FOR FOR IT!
What are the Best Oils for High Porosity Hair?
1. Coconut Oil
This deeply nourishing oil comes from the meat of coconuts and has high levels of vitamin E. This is a vitamin known to supply intense moisture to hair. Since it is also one of the heavier oils used on hair, it’s often the first line of defense for those with damaged hair.
2. Jojoba Oil
Another one of the best oils for high porosity hair is jojoba oil. With a reputation for being the closest natural thing to the oils the scalp naturally produces, it comes from a shrub called Simmondsia chinesnsis. This slightly nutty smelling oil is good for high porosity hair since it is slightly waxy, but not too waxy. It will help seal in moisture without a residue.
3. Olive Oil
This oil does more than lock in moisture for high porosity hair. It is rich in fatty acids that make it nourishing for the scalp. It can help with dry scalp, dandruff, and dry strands all at once. Heavier than jojoba or coconut oil, it is super moisturizing and seals strands with ease!
4. Castor Oil
Extracted from the castor bean plant, this oil is healing and fortifying making it one of the best oils for high porosity hair. This oil is not only great for sealing strands, it has some benefits for your scalp. Castor oil is naturally antifungal and antibacterial which can help clear up scalp issues while giving you the moisture you need.
5. Hemp Seed Oil
From the seeds of the plant called Cannabis sativa, this oil has a high fatty acid content that makes it great for high porosity hair. It can help in several different ways. Hemp seed oil is great way to add sheen, elasticity, and moisture retention to your hair. It can also serve to strengthen hair since it has fatty acids that help with keratin bonding.
While there are other oils, these are the best for hair that is high porosity. Incorporate them into your routine to lock in the hydration your curls deserve!
What are the Best Oils for Low Porosity Hair?
Argan Oil is one of the ‘rarest’ and most precious hair Oils. The oil is often referred to as the ‘Moroccan oil’ because it is mainly found in Sous Valley in south-western Morocco. The oil is extremely rare because the Argan tree grows in very limited locations and has an extremely low yield per tree.
Argan oil is good for low porosity hair because of its intense moisturizing properties. The oil intensely moisturizes the hair by forming a non-evaporating layer around the hair. The protective layer will lock in the moisture until it is washed out.
Argan oil contains vitamin E, ferulic acid, carotenoids, phytosterols, polyphenols and 80% unsaturated fatty acids.2. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is one of the lightest oils that you can use in low porosity hair. This oil is extracted by cold-pressing the grape seeds. This Oil is a great choice for oily scalps and thin hair because it helps to seal in moisture without weighing the hair down.
Grape seed oil is commonly used as a strengthener, it is also popularly used as a heat protectant when using heat styling using appliances such as flat irons and blow-dryers.3. Jojoba oil
According to Probotanic, Jojoba Oil is made of fatty acids as well as esters composed of straight-chain alcohols. Both the acid and alcohol portions of jojoba oil are difficult to synthesize. This makes jojoba oil excellent for hair that requires intense moisture and protection.
Jojoba Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Jojoba plant that is mostly found in North American. This Oil is a favorite to the natural hair community because it is easily absorbed and it is very similar to the natural hair oil, Sebum.
Apart from the fact that it’s easily absorbable, one reason this oil is a favorite of a lot of hair oil users is that it is very similar to the natural oils found in the hair.4. Baobab oil
Baobab oil is derived from the Baobab tree popularly known as the ‘Tree of Life’. The Baobab tree is valued for its powder and oil extracts which have used for centuries in wellness and beauty treatments. The roots of the Baobab Tree reach the deepest soil in search of water and nutrients. The tree can store gallons of nutrient-rich water in its trunk to survive harsh droughts. A single tree can last for over 500 years.
Baobab oil is among the few natural oils that contain omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids. The oil is known for its moisturizing abilities as it contains acids such as linoleic acid which act as moisture retention agents.
The oleic acid and saturated fats help improve moisture penetration which makes it excellent for low porosity hair.
You can buy Baobab Oil from your local store or online.5. Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond is derived from the Almond Tree. This Tree is popularly known as the ‘King of nuts’ because of it’s medicinal and cosmetic benefits.
The Oil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E, proteins, potassium and zinc. It also contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid. Linoleic acid helps to promote moisture retention making it an excellent choice for low porosity hair.
The stearic acid helps to condition the hair without giving it a heavy feel, giving it more reason to use on low porosity hair.6. Pomegrante Oil
Pomegranate Oil is extracted from the pomegranate fruits. Because of its high concentration, only a little is required to reap the benefits of the oil.
This Oil stimulates blood flow and thus promotes nutrient supply to the hair follicles. In addition to increased blood flow, this Oil promotes hair growth as it supplies punicic acid, vitamin C, linoleic acid, flavonoids, and oleic acid.
Pomegranate Oil is considered a medium-penetrative oil that is light and thus recommended to be used on low porosity.7. Apricot oil
Apricot Oil is an excellent oil for low porosity hair as it is easily absorbed into the hair. The oil contains acids like oleic acid, which improve the moisture absorption rate in hair. It is also rich in other nutrients such as Linoleic Acids, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E that nourish the hair and helps retain moisture.8. Suflower seed oil
Sunflower Seed Oil is a popular oil extracted from the Sunflower plant. This Oil is light and easily absorbed in the hair and thus good for low porosity hair. Sunflower oil is used to conditions the hair and thus promotes hair strength and luster.
Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E which are antioxidants and thus when applied to the scalp, the oil helps fight bacteria that cause dry scalp, improving the overall health of your scalp.1. Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame Oil is derived from the seed of the Sesame plant by cold-pressing the seeds to extract the oil. It is rich in vitamins, proteins, and other natural antioxidants. Its moisturizing ability helps it penetrate deeply into the hair.10. Rose Hip oil
- Rosehip oil is also known as rosehip seed oil.. It's derived from the rosa canina rose bush, which is grown mostly in Chile. Unlike rose oil, which is extracted from rose petals, rosehip oil is pressed from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant.
- Reinvigorates hair
- Adds shine
- Adds bounce and silkiness back to limp lifeless hair
- Helps fight dandruff
- Hydrates dry, flaky scalp.
- Attracts and seals moisture into hair
- Nourishes scalp and hair
- Leaves dry hair soft and revitalized
11. Safflower Oil
(Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds and was used by the early Spanish colonies along the Rio Grande as a substitute for saffron.
Highly beneficial for soothing and conditioning the scalp and hair . By contributing shine and enhancing circulation, Safflower Oil stimulates hair growth as well as its strength.
12. Camellia Seed Oil
- Obtained by cold pressing of the seeds of the camellia oleifera plant — which is also known by the name of the “rose of winter,” or Tsubaki in Japanese - camellia seed oil is one of those “I-swear-by-it” natural beauty products that can turn your beauty regime around.
- Soften hair and make it more manageable.
- Restore hairs natural sheen.
- Retain moisture.
- Form a barrier against environmental pollutants.
- Repair breakage and split ends.
- Ease dry scalp and itchiness.
- Prevent dandruff.
- Treat damage from perms and coloring.
13. Avocado OilAvocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit. Avocado oil is extremely rich in oleic acid and monounsaturated fats, making it one of few oil that can actually penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize your hair, rather than sitting on top and coating your hair. These fats also strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage.
As mentioned earlier, the best oils for low porosity hair are light oils that don’t weigh down your hair and are easily absorbed. If you have low porosity hair, avoid the heavier oils such as Olive Oil and Castor Oil. These Oils are not easily absorbed and so they will only end up sitting on your hair. Some people tend to mix up different oils and use techniques such as hot oil treatments to increase the absorption rate of the heavier oils. If you like experimenting, you can try different blends and see what combination is easily absorbed into your hair!