Refresh Your Natural Hair At least Once During the Week
Seven days is too long to make your hair wait for hydration. Even if you do the LOC method, your hair will likely need hydration and moisturization during the week.
You can either wet your hair in the shower for hydration, or simply use a water spray bottle to dampen your hair. If you want more than water, try a detangler, a leave-in conditioner, or aloe vera juice.
Then follow the hydration with the rest of the steps in the LOC method.
Use Essential Oils to Heal the Scalp
Applying oils to the scalp isn’t usually recommended unless you’re suffering from a dry scalp. Greasing the scalp can clog hair follicles and impede them from growing hair.
However, some essential oils may heal the scalp, and some are even scientifically proven to speed hair growth. So, you’ll need to experiment and evaluate whether you want to go this route.
You may consider applying the oils to relieve some itch and to give you an extra 1-2 days before the next wash. But if the oils begin to comingle with dirt that results in grime, you should wash your scalp as soon as you can.
Here are some oils that may work to soothe an itchy scalp:
Tea Tree Oil. This essential oil acts almost like natural turpentine, and it is very cleansing. That said, you may want to avoid adding it to products because it can quickly dry out your hair. Instead, massage it directly into your scalp.
Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. Both peppermint and eucalyptus contain cooling menthol that will immediately soothe your scalp. These two oils are scientifically proven to grow hair, and they are very potent. Consider diluting them with a small amount of castor oil.
Lavender Essential Oil. Like many essential oils, lavender helps to kill any fungus or bacteria that is growing on your scalp. It can be very beneficial to use it for both prevention and treating scalp microbes.
Black Jamaican Castor Oil. Castor oil is not an essential oil, but you may find it useful for healing the follicles. Many naturals swear that it speeds hair growth too. Castor makes an excellent carrier oil for strong essential oils.