3 Products That are Great for Sealing in Moisture

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.

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?

43 thoughts on “3 Products That are Great for Sealing in Moisture

  1. 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.

  2. 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 turn with coconut oil ive had effortless retention with or without PS’ing (but I retain even more when Im in extensions). :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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