Most of the times we buy and bag on hair oils that we use incorrectly and don’t see results. In our hair journey we need to know the difference between sealing oils and moisturising oils for the oils to work in our favour. Take a look at one of my previous posts on various oils. On today’s post l will primarily focus on how to work with different types of oils.
Firstly, we have moisturising/penetrating oils that predominantly work well with water to boost the moisture levels then we have the sealing oils that lock in the moisture. How this works, you may ask? There’s a two-stage process of moisturising and sealing that helps to hydrate hair. Yass we all love well moisturised and soft hair!!! A moisturising butter or liquid based spray is applied to the entire length of the hair focusing on the ends. This allows the butter or spray to penetrate into the hair strands. A small amount of oil is then applied to the hair, again ensuring that the ends are well covered. The oil is applied over the moisturizer to lock or seal the moisture into the hair strands. This keeps hair hydrated for longer.
A question could be ‘ Can you moisturise and not seal?’ answer is NO, well if you don’t seal(lock) in the moisture, evaporation of the moisture will occur quickly. Moisture levels of our hair needs to be replenished on a daily basis because:
- Our hair fibres are damaged by general wear and tear, use of heat etc
- Moisturising our hair once a week alone will not adequately meet the hydration needs of our hair which is prone to being dry.
- Due to the high temperature of our climate, evaporation of the moisture in our hair occurs very quickly.
Ethnic hair has to be moisturised several times during the week to keep it hydrated and avoid breakage. If you are just starting your hair journey, it is likely that your hair will need to be moisturised and sealed twice a day, in the morning and at night. However, if you are unable to moisturise and seal your hair twice a day, try to do it at least once a day, preferably at night.
Water is the best moisturiser and a good quality moisturiser will have aqua/water listed as the first ingredient. I would therefore suggest using pure and natural oils such as the following to mix with water:
- Avocado oil
- Almond oil
- Cold pressed olive oil
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
At times you can just apply sealing oils just to massage your scalp to rejuvenate blood vessels and also to provide strength and elasticity. Hence its important to select oils that are natural and cold pressed. Natural oils contain all the beneficial properties in comparison to synthetic hair greases. Some hair oils are labelled as Shea butter or castor oil etc, when you inspect the ingredients, the product may contain mainly mineral oil and petrolatum with very little of the actual coconut oil or Shea butter in it. This is why it is important that you use natural sealing oils and moisturising oils than a product which is full of synthetic oils such an mineral oil, lanolin oil and petrolatum which actually block moisture. I recommend the following oils as great sealants:
- Shea butter
- Cold pressed coconut oil.
- Castor oil
- Mafura butter
I hope this post was helpful and brought about clarity. For effective results, let’s use the oils the right way. For any questions, let me know in the comment section.