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Beginner Wednesday – Lets talk about sealing

2 Nov

The topic this week is ‘sealing’.  The purpose behind sealing the hair is to prevent the escape of moisture from the hair shaft.  Sealing also protects the hair from splitting at the ends.  The most popular products to seal are natural oils as well as butters.  Hair oils and butters slow down water loss from the hair when used to seal.  They form a barrier preventing the water from escaping as fast.  Some women even choose to use petroleum based products.  The whole idea is to prevent moisture loss from the hair strand.  The hair needs to have moisture to begin with.  You can use a leave in conditioner, a water based moisturiser or simply wet / damp your hair with water.

So how do you go about sealing your hair –:

  • Wash and deep condition your hair as usual (see articles on washing and deep conditioning for more information)
  • Apply a water based leave in or a water based moisturiser to the hair. (see this article on choosing a moisturiser)
  • Apply the oil or hair butter to seal in the moisture.  There are many oils to choose from e.g. jojoba, castor, coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed, flaxseed.  I could fill a whole page with a list of oils.  It all depends on preference.  Some women like heavy oils while some prefer light oils.  Some hair brands sell a mix of several oils.  Some women mix their own oils to get their preferred blend.  There are many options.  Hair butters include Shea Butter and Mango Butter.  Some hair brands make hair butters too.  Applying the oils or butters keeps the moisturising products within the hair strands.
  • Proceed to style your hair as usual

The idea behind the above is to apply the moisturiser and oils in layers to the length of the hair, concentrating on the ends.  Seal you hair on the days that you wash it.  You can moisturise and seal every day if you prefer.  Find what works for you. Some choose to seal only on wash days and just moisturise on other days.  I moisturise and seal each day.

Take a look at this video by Sunshyne of Hairlista.  It’s an old video but it shows how she moisturises and seals her hair.  I learnt to moisturise and seal from this video and I have adapted this to suit me.

The oils I use to seal are:

  • Organic Root Stimulator Nature’s Shine
  • African Pride Maximum Strengthening Growth Oil (I like this one because it has some protein in it)
  • Wheatgerm Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Coconut Oil

So do you seal?  How do you do it and what do you use?

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4 Responses to “Beginner Wednesday – Lets talk about sealing”

  1. awurabena 04 November, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    great thank you Tenday im loveing castor oil like i said..i think what im going to try is on the day i wash,i will use a leave in followed by sealing and then on other days i will use a moisturiser and then seal after air drying…take care and have you had your braids yet?

    • Tendayi 04 November, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      I had my braids done yesterday. I will take pics over the weekend and share them.

  2. L.Jean 05 November, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I definitely seal!(I’m sealing right now!) I mostly use a concoction I learnt from Sunshyne. 3PO i.e. 3 penetrating oils. A mixture of avocado, olive and coconut oil. Coconut smells so yum! I also have tried shea butter but its a bit heavy for me although other naturals swear by it. I will be tweaking my recipe to make it lighter so I can try it again

    • Tendayi 05 November, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      3PO! I like the sound of that. Thanks L.Jean. So many oils, so little time!!

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