…or maybe just your hair lol so I finally embraced this wonderful hair practice about 6 months ago. I am a bit ashamed to say that, being that I have been natural for 7 years now. Why had I not known about this YEARS ago!? I’m like how many wasted inches of damaged hair could I have saved had I known lol but whatever dude. It’s never too late to start! Ok I’m done venting…
So the matter at hand…Sealing your hair!
Basically sealing your hair is sealing in moisture (water) into the cuticle of your hair. This is done by using water (or a water-based product) and an oil (or an oil based product).
***Sidebar, I may have said this before but I’ll say it again hehe, water is the only true form of moisture! That’s why it’s the number one listed ingredient in “moisturizing” products. Without water, it isn’t really a moisturizer…
Ok so when you grasp the concept of sealing, it totally makes sense! Think about it, oil and water don’t mix—Oil always rises to the top, so if you have oil and water in your hair, the oil will “rise” to the outer layer of your hair shaft while sealing in the water underneath.
You may want to start doing this If your ends feel a bit crispy and look frizzy or frayed. They are probably not sealed (OR you need to get rid of them split ends girl lol). Essentially the purpose of sealing your hair is to keep your hair moisturized and for longer amounts of time, specifically the ends of your hair. Sealing will help retain moisture in the ends as they are the oldest, driest parts of your hair and the natural oil (sebum) that your scalp produces can’t travel down through all the coils and curves to get to the ends. Regular sealing will result in more length retention since you won’t have to trim off as much damaged hair.
Knowing the porosity of your hair is also really important in order to know what method of sealing and the products to use. I will save that topic for another post ;o)
So because I have low porosity hair, Iighter oils (like coconut, grape seed) and liquid-y products (think Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, SM Coconut Curl Smoothie) work better for me. Here’s what I do on wash days, after I wash/condition and am ready to twist-up my hair while it is still damp:
I apply a moisturizer to the length of my sectioned out hair (sectioned as in the section I am about to twist up). If I am using a moisturizer, I may go over it with a light oil. If the moisturizer contains a lot of oil in the product, I won’t go over it with additional oil because the moisturizer itself IS the sealant.
If I am not using a moisturizer, I’ll use a bit of oil to seal in JUST the water in my damp hair. I like doing this sometimes because it keeps my hair light BUT the downside is I may not get as much hold as using an actual moisturizer i.e. I won’t get good 2nd, 3rd day hair.
Now for the absolute essential part of the sealing process….the end!
…the ends of your hair of course! Seal the ends! I do this when I have about 1-2 inches left to twist in each section, I use a sealant (check out my .essentials page; currently loving Oyin’s Pomades) and smooth it on the ends, then twist up the remainder. It’s also good to sort of twirl the ends around your finger to “clump” the section.
You’ll know your ends are sealed when they look something like this:
*Notice how the curls are “clumped” together. I hope you have a better understanding of this awesome hair practice and will be able to incorporate sealing into your hair regimen!
— Have you sealed the deal?!