Moisturizing and Sealing Natural Hair

by Kim Kirsch of NaturallyCurly.com

Moisture is vital to maintaining perfect curls, but attaining that moisture is often difficult and many methods can end up drying hair out even more, or only working for short periods of time. Unfortunately, as curly haired women, we are seemingly constantly searching for that one miracle hair moisturizer that works, every day from here and forever after.

Even worse, the curlier our hair is, the drier it can become. Because oils produced from the scalp have trouble sliding down ringlets or kinks, the majority of our hair is left oil free.

This is a hair moisturizer recipe for parched locks. Fortunately, there are both natural and over the counter sealers that can ensure our hair gets and keep its much-needed moisture.

The Natural Route

Sealing products do not have to be actual products, but rather, can be anything you have in your cabinets. All you have to do is mix it up and try it out!

Coconut oil has long been known for its moisture sealing abilities. Many of us already use coconut oil on our bodies to add and seal moisture within our skin. Merely taking this idea and applying it, literally, to our hair will accomplish the same thing.

As a matter of fact, there are numerous hair moisturizers that you can find in your home or garden. Test and experiment with items in your home that you already know work well for you skin, and then start creating your own hair remedies.

If you’re looking for a quick hair moisturizer recipe, use an avocado and create this avocado hot oil treatment.

The Perfect Product Hunt

If creating your own product recipes and remedies has you flashing back to last night’s dinner disaster, never fear—there are tons of drugstore products near!

While many sealing agent can be quite expensive, knowing your budget and searching for more affordable options will get you what you want.

Jane Carter Solutions Nourish and Shine is a great product to test out. This butter type of formula is perfect for sealing moisture on the ends of curls.

Gels and curl activators (that contain aloe vera) also offer added moisture, in addition to assisting in style and hold. A hot oil treatment once or twice per week is also a great hair moisturizer.

In the end, ideas about how to seal in moisture and get the perfect locks on a daily basis are flowing! Whether your chose to create your own or begin the bargain hunt, your personal needs and particular hair-type will be the main determining factors.

Play around with different ideas and products to come up with the best plan that works for you and let us know about it!

11 Weigh in!:
Dani @ OK, Dani said...

Which gels are moisturizing and how do hot oil treatments avoid product buildup?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Coconut oil for sealing!! my fave.

lisaedw said...

Qhemet Biologics is the only line of products that has provided long term moisture to my hair. Trust me, I've tried them ALL! :)

Anonymous said...

I second lisaedw on Qhemet's Biologics! The moisture level is off the charts!

Anonymous said...

Castor oil as a sealer is the TRUTH! It adds shine and softness as well.

Anonymous said...

I think the biggest factor in maintaining well moisturized hair is consistent deep treatments - for me 1x per week.

BreukelensFinest said...

i moisturize 3-4 times a week. coconut oil has a scent that is way to strong for me, but olive oil is my favorite oil for a sealant. its definitely important to seal in the summer, even though people usually only think of the winter as time for protection from the cold.

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IcyLillies said...

So far, I've been using conditioners like Patene's curly and Beautiful Curls for moisture. I seal with jobaba oil (I love it!).

It works out for me, what I need to work on though is moisturizing and sealing every day because I don't do that. It's once a week...and my hair can get very dry and brittle.

Anonymous said...

I deep condition weekly. Cowash daily. I moisturize/mix coconut oil with SheaMoisture's leave-in conditioner; style w/SheaMoisture's curl enhancing smoothie.

215Nina

Angie said...

Ok - please don't get upset with me. I'm new to this even though I've been perm free for over two years. But how exactly do you "seal" your ends? What does this term mean? Is it merely applying oil to the ends or is something else entailed? Please be very specific :-). Th general instructions do nothing for me. For instance, I tried Taren916 bantu knot out last night after CAREFULLY watching that YouTube video 3 times. Took it out this morning and looked like Little Richard. Where are the instructions on separating & manipulating?????? Hahahahaha..

Jessica said...

I'm really confused on what materials can be used as the "moisturizer". Can you use your actual conditioner, leave in conditioner, or must you buy products that specifically say moisturizer? Also, can oils be used as a moisturizer AND the sealant? What is the school of thought on using the brand Moroccan oil as a sealant? Please help.. I'm so confused!

Shelly said...

To Jessica, for me anything that has WaTeR in its first ingredient is a moisturizer for me...then i seal that with an oil on top. my favorite is Avocado oil. or using Oyin Burnt sugar pomade, or any butter that consist of mainly oils. meaning it doesn't have water in it's ingredients...hope this is helpful

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