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by Cipri­ana of

There is noth­ing like the feel­ing of well mois­tur­ized ends, but on the flip side there is noth­ing like the feel­ing of dehy­drat­ed ends, and let me tell you the lat­ter is a feel­ing I would rather avoid. Depend­ing on the poros­i­ty lev­els, den­si­ty of the indi­vid­u­al strands, tex­ture and state of your hair (tran­si­tion­ing, col­or­ing, use of heat) some may have to seal their ends more often than oth­ers, but there are a few tricks I have learned over the years that have helped me main­tain mois­ture on my ends for longer peri­ods of time.

1. Use thicker oils or butters such as Jamaican Castor oil or Shea butter

I have found using thick­er oils specif­i­cal­ly on my ends pro­vides for longer ses­sions of mois­ture. After I have sat­u­rat­ed my ends with water I will use my “Love Potion #9” con­coc­tion as my first cov­er­age and Jamaican cas­tor oil sep­a­rate­ly as my final cov­er­age of pro­tec­tion when seal­ing.

2. After thoroughly saturating your ends with water make sure to squeeze the excess water from your ends

Remem­ber nor­mal poros­i­ty hair can only absorb so much water. Hav­ing unnec­es­sary excess water hang­ing onto your ends can reduce the cov­er of pro­tec­tion as you begin to apply your oils. Remem­ber your oils act as a bar­ri­er to seal in the mois­ture. You do not want your oils to slip away because you did not drain your ends first. Your ends should still have a very damp feel­ing to them but they should not be drip­ping water.

3. Use twice the coverage of oils on your ends when sealing

Your ends are the old­est part of your hair there­fore more thirsty. As I always say you’re ends should be treat­ed like your elders. They just need a lit­tle more love and atten­tion. Remem­ber the curlier the hair the more dif­fi­cul­ty your sebum (the nat­u­ral oils your scalp secretes) has in reach­ing your ends due to the very curvy path it has to trav­el. Some­times sebum does not reach your ends at all so it is per­ti­nent your ends receive twice the cov­er­age when it comes to apply­ing your oils or but­ter.

4. Once you have sealed your ends Stop, Drop and Roll, lol, I mean Protect, Oil and Roll

This tip is very impor­tant for longer lengths. As I pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned the longer the hair the old­er it is, with the ends being the old­est part. After I seal I braid my ends, twist them, then apply more oil and roll and pin them up till they have dried. Plac­ing your ends in a pro­tec­tive for­mat such as a braid or twist can real­ly keep your ends togeth­er and reap more of the advan­tages of mois­ture once they have dried. Twist­ing your ends rather than braid­ing might work bet­ter, espe­cial­ly if you are expe­ri­enc­ing feath­er­ing (the ends of your hair taper­ing off in the shape of a feath­er). All hair nat­u­ral­ly tapers off with age but very healthy ends should only taper a lit­tle. Also twist­ing pro­vides an eas­ier release process when you want to remove the pro­tec­tive styled ends.

5. After you have sealed do not manipulate your ends until they have completely dried

No manip­u­la­tion of your wet sealed ends means high­er chances of your ends retain­ing mois­ture longer. Keep­ing your hands off ensures you are not los­ing any applied mois­ture.

6. Tuck your ends away

I know this might be the kryp­tonite advice for some­one who loves to wear their hair down but updo styles (where your ends are tucked away) can dras­ti­cal­ly reduce the amount of mois­ture you lose from your ends, espe­cial­ly if your hair is shoul­der length and longer. When your hair is down wear and tear from cloth­ing and the ele­ments can do a num­ber on your ends. Now wom­en with hair above the shoul­der have more of an advan­tage because it doesn’t make con­tact with cloth­ing. Also wom­en who con­stant­ly cut their hair in short­er styles keep their strands in a “new state”. The hair closer to the root is the newest part of the hair there­fore ensur­ing con­stant­ly healthy ends

7. Become a “Hair Whisperer” for your ends

Now I know this might sound strange but your ends will tell you how often they need you to seal. I seal once a week, but I wear my hair in updo styles 24/7. Some­one who wears their hair down more often or all the time might have to seal more than once a week. Just like the forces of Moth­er Nature our body is a force and goes through many changes, whether it be hor­mones, diet, stress, etc. Both of the­se forces can eas­i­ly impact the way our hair behaves so stay in tune and lis­ten to what your ends are telling you.

8. Make sure your ends are healthy

Last but cer­tain­ly not least make sure your ends are at their best before you seal. Trim­ming or the “search and destroy” method for split ends can dras­ti­cal­ly change the way your ends retain mois­ture. Unhealthy ends means you are seal­ing dam­age! Those dam­aged ends can trav­el fur­ther along the strand and cre­ate more dam­age and dry­ness.

Again the­se are tips I have acquired over the years due to tri­al and error and hope­ful­ly my errors will result in your suc­cess.

Have you tried any of the­se tips? How do you ensure your ends are effec­tive­ly sealed?
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Should I seal my ends while I’m tran­si­tion­ing or I should start seal­ing my ends after I’m done with my tran­si­tion ?


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Joan Noyan

The 8 tips on keep­ing hair ends healthy was real­ly infor­ma­tive and use­ful. It made a lot of sense. Thank you.


Hi. What’s the prop­er method for seal­ing? I usu­al­ly wash my hair > con­di­tion / deep con­di­tion > Can­tu shea but­ter leave in con­di­tion­er > 2 strand twists > cas­tor oil on my edges when I remem­ber and mois­tur­iz­er (Olive oil or the Can­tu) when I remem­ber. Any help with prob­lems with this rou­tine would be great. I have 4C hair by the way.

melissa goines

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Thank you so much for this post. I think this will do my hair some jus­tice. I need­ed a way to keep it mois­tur­ized! Now I’m going to start seal­ing it. Thank you.


How can you tell when your ends need to be sealed in between wash­es?


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Thumbs up if your hair pro­duces no sebum what­so­ev­er. Thumbs down if no.

Morgan Mizell

Hi my name is Mor­gan and I am the proud writer of my own nat­u­ral hair blog,! For some rea­son shea but­ter does not work for my hair. Any oth­er heavy but­ters that I can seal with on top of my usu­al oil?



Thanks for all the tips and advice so far! I noticed you men­tioned Jamaican Cas­tor Oil, as a Jamaican — I have to say “THAT is the real deal”! HOWEVER, I’ve seen many imi­ta­tions; so many bot­tles that say “Jamaican Cas­tor Oil” with pleas­ant smelling run­ny yel­low junk inside. Jamaica is known for it’s black Cas­tor Oil … it is a dark­er coloured, thick, potent oil, so you want to use it spar­ing­ly and it does not have the most pleas­ant smell (so you REALLY want to use a small amount!). When seal­ing, I mix a small amount of cas­tor… Read more »
Natural girl

I mix aloe water and veg­table glyc­er­ine in spray bot­tle spray hold ends spray and then add argan moroc­con oil smells great and great for ends. FYI Glyc­er­ine adds mois­ture so I keep aloe water and glyc­er­ine great all by itself.

or use fav leave in con­di­tion­er along with cast­er, olive oil, and just a lil aloe water if you have. End will be curly and lie down with either.


great tips I love it. I will do the­se Except for tuck­ing the ends away/protective styling. My hair grows so much quick­er when I just let it be.

Long Hair Tips

Wow such a use­ful tips espe­cial­ly for me because i was real­ly upset due to thick hair. Thank u so much.


I think I’m over­load­ed with infor­ma­tion. I lost as to what goes first. I was told to sat­u­rate my hair with coconut oil pri­or to wash­ing. Does any­one rec­om­mend this?


I am strug­gling with seal­ing my ends. Some­times they are super frizzy and oth­er times they are fine. 

What do you do to try your hair before you add the leave-in con­di­tion­er then the oil (ie, do you tow­el dry it or let it dry nat­u­ral­ly until it is slight­ly damp)?

Also, I bought some Vatika oil. What is the best way to use it (as a sealant or leave-in con­di­tion­er)?


Thank you so much for the tips…I’m a new­bie (3 months) and I want to make sure I’m seal­ing in moisture…this was real­ly bro­ken down and help­ful!!!


I’m new to this and so con­fused I need before and after shots and tuto­ri­als or some­thing. I think im on infor­ma­tion over­load. I need to just pick a reg­u­lar rou­tine for it all and just ride it out switch­ing it up as i go till I find some­thing that works. Ugh. Frus­trat­ed but still down!!


I think I suf­fer from infor­ma­tion over­load too. There are a few things that I’ve found and it stuck, and I’m notic­ing bet­ter results as far as tex­ture and man­age­abil­i­ty with my hair. This blog is uber-help­ful. I need­ed this in 2004 the FIRST time I went nat­u­ral.


Can you explain fur­ther by what do you mean by tuck ends away?


This would have made a great video tuto­ri­al


Do you have to use the oil all over your hair to seal, or can you just place it on your ends for it to be effec­tive? Thank you :)


what about seal­ing with prod­ucts that con­tain petro­le­um, like old school hair grease eg blue mag­ic? no or yes?


I’m hav­ing this same prob­lem. I’d love some sug­ges­tion :) Thanks!

wow, I think the cas­tor oil is actu­al­ly mak­ing a dif­fer­ence! it’s not all the way there yet, but for past cou­ple days I’ve been drench­ing my ends with cas­tor oil & the hibis­cus shea but­ter [gonna get the real raw stuff when I run out of the com­mer­cial hibus­cus-y stuff] at night when I braid my hair and my ends are real­ly respond­ing! not per­fect yet, but I’m not stop­ping! :) this week also I’ve tried to keep my hair tucked in — still not long enough to do a real bun yet but I can at least tuck… Read more »
ok you guys… not sure if this prob­lem is unique to me, but I’m baf­fled as to why my ends are so bushy! no break­age or any­thing [I keep check­ing] but like when I braid my hair each night the shaft to about a 1/4″ are smooth & soft but then the ends [the remain­ing 1/4 inch] are like a brush! exam­ple of a strand: ~-~~-~-~~-~~~-~~~~~*** I just got into cas­tor oil, but I’ve been try­ing every­thing ever since I tran­si­tioned & chopped with not much last­ing suc­cess… [real­ly can’t afford any­thing fan­cy, so my hair has had a steady… Read more »

I had the same prob­lem and even chopped off too much because I thought it was split ends! I basi­cal­ly have to clear out my hair from root to end using a comb and then a brisle brush to smooth it out. I do all of this wet and then I have much bet­ter and pro­duc­tive twist outs!!!


I FINALLY found the Jamaican Cas­tor Oil w/Coconut Oil mixed togeth­er. I will test this out b/c I LOVE to wear my hair out, almost ALL the time. I only rock puffs when I was too lazy to twist & roll my hair the night before. I will put this to the test b4 I weave up my hair for a pro­tec­tive style until New Years!


I actu­al­ly seal my hair almost dai­ly though I wear pro­tec­tive styles most of the time. Both seal­ing and pro­tec­tive styling has helped me retain my hair a lot this year so far. My hair went from APL to BSL this year and I owe it to tak­ing bet­ter care of my hair.


What do you seal your ends with Car­la?

Very infor­ma­tive arti­cle Cipri­ana.



very infor­ma­tive post! I did not use the method of sat­u­rat­ing the ends with water, squeez­ing out the excess then sealing.…will def­i­nite­ly try this to help me get back on track to retain­ing my hair length goals!!!


Thank you K and wish­ing you much suc­cess in obtain­ing your hair goals :D!!!


Cipri­ana, all of your hair tips have been work­ing for me:) I thanked you on UBB, but I sim­ply can’t thank you enough. So,alas, A MILLION THANKS TO YOU!!! =)


Anas­tasia, thank you so much but a mil­lion thanks to you!!! I love when some­one finds a tip help­ful and on top of that suc­cess­ful! So the plea­sure is all mine :D


After braid­ing my hair for a braid-out, I seal my ends by apply­ing extra leave-in con­di­tion­er and twirling the ends around my fin­gers to make a coil. 

Seal­ing my ends with oil dosen’t do any­thing for me. Also, I’ve found that seal­ing my ends with shea but­ter works well but caus­es my ends to attract lint which gets entan­geled in my coils.


After braid­ing for a braid-out, I seal my ends with extra mois­tur­iz­er and make a coil.


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