Yes, it’s possible! How do I know? Because I’ve done it!
If your hair is always dry and you haven’t heard of the LOC method and cowashing before, your hair will never be the same again! It’s so popular (because it works lol) that mainstream companies are jumping on the bandwagon too, i.e. Dark N Lovely. The magic behind this method is that each step ‘seals’ in the moisture of the one before it. Its 3 small steps, but a total game-changer!
- L (liquid) = The moisture. Water, leave-in conditioner, etc. Most of us were brought up relaxed or pressed, and were taught that moisture is the devil. Because it is if you’re avoiding reversion. Moisture is essential to naturally curly/coily hair, without it it’s dry, frizzy, unmanageable, and ALL of this means FRAGILE and prone to breakage, shedding and split ends. It may also seem as if your hair isn’t growing. I use aloe vera juice and leave-in conditioner in a spray bottle for this step, and if I’m LOCing while my hair is dry, I’ll spray a few pumps into my palms to get the section moist but not wet.
- O (oil) = An oil of your choice. Just enough to absorb into your strands without leaving your hair sticky or slimy. It’s important to pay attention to whether the oil coats your strands (hair feels like oily straw) or absorbs into them (hair feels soft with no ‘Coming To America‘ residue on your hands). My fave is grapeseed, and I don’t have to use it as often anymore! So most times I just do LC!
- C (cream or butter) = Seals in the L and O! Again, this shouldn’t sit on top of your hair either, but it should absorb into your strands without weighing them down. I found that Miss Deva prefers creams over butters. She hates Shea Butter and anything with petrolatum and mineral oil in it lol.
This is what Miss Deva USED to look like, bless her heart lol..and what she looks like now! What a difference, she’s SO much more manageable!
There you have it, the LOC method in it’s simplest form! Some folks use LCO as well, just pay attention to how your hair prefers the steps! When I first tried this method, I LOC’d nightly. It’s been almost 3 years now, and Miss Deva can go a good two weeks before she looks parched. I try not to go longer than a week tho, she starts turning a lighter brown when she’s thirsty! lol Hope this helps!
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