By Cipri­ana of

Whether you seal your entire strands or just your ends, find­ing a pro­duct that gives a long-last­ing seal will ben­e­fit your hair in more ways than you can imag­ine.
I leave the major­i­ty of the seal­ing process to my ends, which I do week­ly com­pared to the entire length of the strand which I do month­ly. Every­one has dif­fer­ent needs, and some may need to seal more than oth­ers, but since your ends are the old­est part of the strand they need a lit­tle more TLC.

One of the key tricks to a longer last­ing seal is a thick oil or but­ter. Lock­ing in mois­ture is quin­tes­sen­tial for keep­ing dry­ness and break­age at bay. Here are 3 of my favorite seal­ing prod­ucts and why they made the list.

1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The ben­e­fits of extra vir­gin olive oil are plen­ti­ful but the biggest advan­tage is that your hair shaft is actu­al­ly able to absorb this oil. There are very few oils that are capa­ble of behav­ing like water in their abil­i­ty to pen­e­trate the strand, (coconut oil and avo­cado oil are also pen­e­trat­ing oils. See “UBB Quick Tip: Coconut, Olive, Avo­cado Oh My! Oils that Provide Real Mois­ture” for more info) although water is the only sub­stance on the plan­et that can mois­tur­ize your hair 100%. To get the most ben­e­fits from your olive oil make sure you are using extra vir­gin (cold pressed) olive oil. “Pressed” means the fruit of the olive was crushed only once while “cold” is refer­ring to the tem­per­a­ture of the fruit dur­ing the crush­ing process. If the tem­per­a­ture is too high dur­ing the crush­ing process this will affect the qual­i­ty of the oil. Low­er qual­i­ty oils that are not cold pressed tend to be crushed mul­ti­ple times at high­er tem­per­a­tures to extract more oil from the olive.

2. Jamaican Black Castor Oil

With a thick hon­ey-like con­sis­ten­cy a lit­tle lit­er­al­ly goes a long way. Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil has been in my reper­toire for over 5 years now and will con­tin­ue to be a sta­ple. Not only is this pro­duct inex­pen­sive, it is organ­ic, sul­fate-free and known to pro­mote hair growth if applied to the scalp.

3. Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque

Now this is a new one for me. With Sea Kelp, which helps to detox­i­fy hair fol­li­cles of impu­ri­ties and residue, and Argan Oil as key ingre­di­ents, I found that this pro­duct worked won­ders on my ends, leav­ing them soft and silky. The masque can be used as a rin­se-out con­di­tion­er, a leave-in con­di­tion­er or a styling cream. (When I used this as a styling cream I found that it act­ed more as a humec­tant, pulling mois­ture to my strands and caus­ing my stretched styles to last about an hour ver­sus a week). And by the way, the smell of this organ­ic pro­duct is divine!
Click here to see Nikisha’s review of Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque


Regard­less of what pro­duct you use to lock in that mois­ture, make sure that your strands are not drenched with water when you seal. If your strands are drip­ping wet, any oil or but­ter you apply will slip off. Damp hair will allow the oil or but­ter to clasp on to your strands cre­at­ing a bar­ri­er to lock in the water.

Ladies, what prod­ucts do you use to seal? Which are your favorites?

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43 Comments on "3 Products That are Great for Sealing in Moisture"

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The ques­tion I have is about the JBCO, I have been read­ing a lot about it, and want to try it. The ques­tion I have is do you have to mix it with some­thing? I have read that some peo­ple mix it with oth­er oils and some dilute it with water. Is that a must.


I dilute the JBCO with grape seed oil. I tried to use it undi­lut­ed but it made my scalp itch. Once I dilut­ed it I didn’t have any more issues. Some peo­ple can use it straight.

For me petro­le­um based grease has been the ONLY thing that tru­ly seals in mois­ture for me. Ive tried all oils and I would have to mois­tur­ize every oth­er day, but with petro­le­um mixed with nat­u­ral oils with an out style my hair stays moist 4 days straight , some­times 5, with­out re-mois­tur­iz­ing. And when my hair is in twists or braids my hair stays moist for 1 week to 1 1/2 weeks with­out re-mois­tur­iz­ing. Now I know that this all depends on you poros­i­ty, but for me its the only thing that tru­ly seals my hair effec­tive­ly and in… Read more »

straight up cas­tor oil.


I have read a lot about using olive oil and coconut oils to mois­tur­ize. I’ve just start­ed using cold pressed olive oil on my relaxed hair.


I use JBCO and organ­ic extra vir­gin coconut oil mix to oil my scalp and seal my hair. I also do the inver­sion method once a mon­th for a week.


HOW does one use the above men­tioned prod­ucts to prop­er­ly and effec­tive­ly seal hair?