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When it comes to moisturizing low porosity hair, it is important to understand what it means to have low porosity hair because understanding LP hair leads to the proper care and maintenance of your LP hair and very importantly helps you to know what to do and NOT do to your hair. For a more in-depth look at understanding LP hair please click here.
The basic fact about LP hair is this – LP hair struggles to absorb and retain moisture because LP hair cuticles are tightly packed and flat. So, when it comes to moisturizing LP hair, the hair cuticles need to be opened for the moisture and nutrients to penetrate and stay locked in the hair. How is this possible??? LCO, LCO, LCO and LCO! Pls. note that some LP Chiquitas do LOC method but most say the LCO works better for them.
What is LCO? – Liquid. Cream. Oil. And LOC is Liquid, Oil and Cream.
Moisturizing Regime – You can choose to moisturize your hair during the week, between wash days or on wash days. What you decide to do depends on your preference, either way LCO is the way to go (personally speaking). But I am going to focus on moisturizing the hair between wash days. So you need your hair moisturized but don’t want to go through the whole process of washing your hair then this is for you.
- Liquid – The first step is the liquid. You can either use water as the liquid, a liquid leave-in conditioner or a non-liquid leave-in conditioner. If using a non-liquid conditioner, I recommend placing the non-liquid conditioner in a heat resistant bowl/container that contains hot water before applying the leave-in conditioner to your hair strands. The heat from the warmed conditioner will lift open the hair cuticles and allow for easy penetration of the conditioner.
- Cream – The next step is to apply cream/butter/milk to the hair, now because LP hair cuticle is so tight and absorption is hard, the best cream to use is the light weight and water based creams. So be on the lookout for creams and butters that have water in its ingredients. I also recommend placing your cream/butter containers in a heat resistant bowl of hot water. No matter what the heated creams will always penetrate the hair strands. Another option to use is hair milk (this is my preferred method because works best for my hair); because it is light weight and lighter than creams/butters.
- Oil – The final step is sealing all the moisture that has been added to the hair with a light weight oil (Pls. click here for more details on oils). The reason why oil is the final step for LP hair is because most carriers oils are not moisturizers, they are sealants. But creams/butters are moisturizers but can also work as sealants. So, when you do the LCO method, you are adding moisture with both the L and C step and then you seal with the O step. This is why LCO is preferred to the LOC. With the LOC method you moisturize with the Liquid then you seal with Oil and again seal and try and moisturize with a Cream. The LOC in my opinion for LP hair is not very effective,
- Then style your hair in a protective style of your choosing.
Furthermore, some people use the LCOG method – Liquid, Cream, Oil and Gel. The gel is used in styling their hair for protective styling. Personally, I can’t use gel because gel is a drying agent for me but if it works for you, then rock it.
Also, some people steam their hair mid-week with a steamer to open their cuticles. They either use only water or a leave-in conditioner as the moisturizer. When the cuticles are still open from the steam, they follow with cream and oil. If you do not have a steamer then there are other means of applying heat, pls. click here for more details.