Sealing our ends. You can’t go to a Natural hair site
or blog without hearing about it. It’s so important! It has to be done
to retain length and keep those split ends away as well as keeping
moisture in. We learn how great it is or how necessary it is but does
anyone explain HOW to do it?
See also: Guide to Oil Rinsing for Hair
I know there are tons of Naturals on YouTube showing how they do it but
what about the Natural who doesn’t like YouTube? Yea, like me. I like
explanations I can read. Call me old-fashioned I guess, but I’m sure
I’m not alone.
Sealing your ends basically means keeping the moisture in with an oil.
Using the oil as a top coat on your hair. Just like a top coat you use
when polishing your nails. For your polish it’s to keep the color
longer. For your hair, it’s keeping the moisture sealed in as well as
keeping those ends covered to combat split ends.
You start with wet hair since water is the best moisturizer in the
world! Apply your leave-in conditioner and whatever styling product you
use during your routine then add your top coat (sealant) to the entire
head. (I‘ve been using the LOC Method so I actually apply the sealant prior to the gel or cream. The sealant goes on after my leave-in.)
Naturals use Shea Butter, Grapeseed oil, Olive oil….it’s really your
own preference. But the main thing to remember is that it must be an
oil or a butter of some kind.
Here’s my method of sealing my ends:
- I wet my hair in the shower or lightly in the sink if I was doing a 2nd day hair. (Liquid)
- I co-wash apply leave-in, lightly rinse or just apply leave-in and lightly rinse.
- After the shower, I apply my coconut oil (Oil)
- I then apply my Kinky Curly Curly Custard and I’m done! (Cream)
From my post: Trying the L.O.C. Method (Part 2)
The term is ‘sealing your ends’ but you are really sealing all of your
hair with a barrier of Natural oils to retain moisture and fight off
split ends. I hope this step is part of your routine but if not then
jump on it!
Let’s keep those ends sealed Naturals,