So What is Hair Sealing?

Sealing natural hair is the process of applying sealing oils to wet, natural hair in order to lock in moisture. Without it, my hair gets dry and crunchy, and any technique or product that I used to moisturize it becomes null. In a previous post, How-to Moisturize Dry, Naturally Curly Hair, I talk about the way that I get moisture into my hair. Sealing is one of the tools that I use to lock the moisture in.

All Oils are Not Created Equal

Let’s talk about what kinds of oils are good for sealing natural hair, because not all oils will act as sealants. Some oils penetrate the hair shaft, and other oils sit on top of the shaft. Non-penetrating oils have their place, but not as sealants. It took me a while before I realized this. I was using coconut and olive oil,  separately, as sealants, but found that my hair was still getting dry. After my research, I realized that this was so because the oils were being absorbed into my hair cuticle.

Oils for Sealing Natural Hair

So, how do you know which oils are which? After doing some research online, I stumbled across this blog, science-yhairblog, that broke it down for me. The blog author has a great chart toward the bottom of the page that tells you which oils penetrate and which oils seal. The oil that I tried and still use to this day as a sealant is castor oil. I mix regular castor oil, which has a golden color, with Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO), which is dark in color. The reason that I mix these two together is because the JBCO is very thick. It is easier applied when mixed with the regular castor oil, which has a thinner consistency.

How to Apply the Oils

I apply it to my freshly washed hair out of a squeeze bottle. I work it very liberally into my hair from root to ends, all over, and then I apply my Shea Moisture JBCO leave-in conditioner, Shea Moisture JBCO heat protectant, and Eco styling gel. Most of the products mentioned can be purchased on eBay through my affiliate links below or at Target, Sally’s, Wal-Mart, CVS, and the like.

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Just wanted to drop by and give an update. Of course it hasn’t been a month yet, but I have used this method twice and I can definitely notice the difference in my moisture retention. I use a mixture of oils I combined in a shampoo bottle (jojoba, almond, and castor oil) and applying it liberally did the trick. I apply it AFTER I apply my leave-in though. Im trying to lock all of that in too. Thanks for the tip.

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Thanks for letting us know how sealing worked for you. I’m glad that I could help a curlfriend out!

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I’ve been experimenting with sealing my ends here and there with oils, but not regularly. It didn’t seem to work for me, but I wasn’t using the oil liberally. I do use olive or avocado for deep conditioning. I shall try sealing again and actually stick to it for a month and see how it does. I’m gonna lean more towards grapeseed, jojoba, or castor oil (since I just experienced postpartum shedding…yikes..lol.)

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Shawna, I experienced postpartum shedding with my first child too. No one told me that it was a possibility. I wasn’t ready!! I thought that it was happening because I kept taking the pre-natal vitamins after I’d given birth. Lol!

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