You may have heard of the LCO method, which was coined by the founder and CEO of Alikay Naturals to help achieve healthy and hydrated hair. Depending on your hair type and needs, you may adjust your routine to layer your products using the L.C.O. (Liquid Cream Oil) method. It’s a simple, 3-step process that is dictated by which products you use and the order you apply them to your hair. It’s one of the best ways to moisturize your hair because it adds layers of products to your hair to achieve moisture retention. This 3-step process is a custom combination of your favorite products starting with a water based leave-in conditioner, styling cream (or butter), and oil. L.C.O. is a must-have routine to start incorporating into your hair as we enter the summer months and it’s great for combating the grueling humidity that summertime brings.

1. (L) Liquid Leave- In Conditioner

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Leave-In Conditioners are applied after you have washed your hair with a shampoo or cleanser. They are used to seal in moisture for your curls and help detangle your hair from knots and split ends. Some people combine their leave-in conditioner with water and spray it from a bottle while others apply it directly to their hair, either way, your curls will love the nutrient-rich products. You’ll want to add our new “2020 Best of Beauty” leave-in conditioners to your collection, Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner.

2. (C) Cream (Styling Cream or Butter)

Your styling cream of butter is so important to sealing in the moisture so your curls can thrive. When you are choosing a styling cream or butter you have endless options that are infused with rich moisturizing ingredients that will hold your style in place while adding hydration to your curls.Styling creams and butters can range in thick or lighter textures based on your hair type so you want to make sure you're using a product that works with your curls and doesn’t weigh them down. A few of our favorites are Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Twisting Souffle, Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, and Bounce Curl Avocado and Rose Oil Clump and Define Cream.

3. (O) Oil

The last and final step is applying your oil. Oil gives you hair that last pizzaz by sealing in moisture and adding shine to dry, damaged, or limp curls. Now, there are various oil types that range from heavy to light-weight so you want to make sure you are selecting the right oil for you because it is the finish touch to your hair. Heavier oils (Castor,Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil) are more often used during the winter months because curlies need the added moisture in the colder months. Light-weight oils (Argan, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Rosehip,) are great for spring and summer because they won’t weigh your hair down and give your scalp added moisture in the heat of summer months. Our top recommendation is the Righteous Roots RX oil which seals in moisture and helps to scrunch out the scrunch.

As we move into different seasons feel free to mix and combine the different products you are using for your L.C.O. method. Tell us in the comments below what are your holy grails for your L.C.O. method?!