By Cipriana of UrbanBushBabes.com
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.
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.
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.
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?