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.
- SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner – 16 oz
- ECO STYLER OLIVE OIL STYLING HAIR GEL MAXIMUM HOLD 16 OZ.
- NOW Foods 100% Natural Castor Skin Oil 16 oz Bottle
- Jamaican Mango – Lime Black Castor Oil Original, 4 oz