Curly Hair Tip #3: Moisturizing Oil vs. Sealant Oil 👩🏼🦱👩🏽🦱👩🏾🦱👩🏿🦱
Did you know that not all oils can be used the same? Some oils are able to penetrate the hair shaft to help add moisture while other oils sit on top of the hair strand to add shine and protection. I’m about to go over the difference in oils below:
Coconut Oil - Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal , helps to detangle curly hair and is a moisturizer not a sealant so always put a different oil over the coconut oil to seal in the moisture that the coconut oil provides. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft - add water or water based leave in conditioner first then add the coconut oil for best results.
Olive Oil - Adds moisture - so it helps to eliminate frizz (can be too heavy for fine hair or hair that gets oily easily), adds softness and strength by penetrating the hair shaft and helping to retain moisture and increases shine.
Avocado Oil - Ideal for hair that is dry due to heat damage, high vitamin e helps to strengthen the hair and prevent damage, moisturizer. *great for pre-poo*.
Sealant oils are best added after a moisturizing oil because they seal in an moisture. The reason why it’s important to add sealant oils AFTER moisturizing oils is because once it is applied not only does it keep moisture in but it keeps moisture out. Sealant oils are usually used when doing braids and twist outs.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Used to soften the hair while drawing out toxins/impurities that prevent hair growth.
Jojoba Oil - Most closely resembles the natural hair sebum our body produces. Jojoba is a fairly light oil that can effectively seal in the moisture added during wash day or other hair regimen activities. This oil is also very good for people suffering with dry or flaky scalps as it helps to restore the proper pH to your hair.
Grapeseed Oil - Moisturizer and sealant, for best results apply to wet hair so the grapeseed oil can seal in the moisture and protect your hair.