Sunday, May 11, 2014

Moist Curls 101

Sealing Natural Hair 

The act of locking moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must First use a water-based moisturizer. You can use plain water,  a leave in conditioner, or a cream that has water as its first ingredient. Sealing your hair is the 1# step to maintaining healthy hair in between wash days. 

Follow up your LIQUID moisturizer with an Oil. My Strands love the thick stuff! I reach for JBCO, Olive oil, and Jojoba oil. If your hair doesn't like heavy oils, you may want to give grape seed, or sunflower seed oil a try. Each of theses oils have vital nutrients that will fill in any gaps in your hair cuticle.  The last product you will layer your hair with is a  butter. Some curly  girls skip the last step of using a butter. Do what is best for your hair. For those with High porosity, adding this final layer is a needed step to have soft curls for days after sealing. The molecules in most butters and oils are too large to pass into the hair shaft, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Be sure to always start with a water based moisturizer first, as reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair.

How Often?
Depends on your current hair style. If you hair is not in a protective style,  you should reseal every 2-3 days, or as needed for your curls. The process takes upwards of 15mins. Sealing in between wash days will keep your hair healthy, and help to limit shedding. 

Here’s how I seal!

Section hair - Using your fingers if your curls are brittle. divide your hair in manageable sections. This allows you to tackle your entire head, with out becoming overwhelmed. 

Using a spray bottle- Every curly girl is different. What works for some, may not work for others. Experiment to find out what liquid solutions work best for your curls. As long as the main ingredient is water, your hair will benefit from the mixture. Be sure to coat your hair well, leaving each section in a damp mini bun. I use a water based leave in, jojoba oil, aloe in my spray bottle. 

Smooth oil on  damp  mini buns - Unravel each section with oily fingers, and begin to smooth additional oil from tip to root, detangling as you go. Wrap each section back into a small bun, or twist into your desired style. You should be left with damp sectioned, detangled hair. 

Coat your hands with a Smooth Butter. Rub each section with the butter or additional oil, as needed. Allow time for your hair to dry. To achieve a more stretched look,  stretch and pin down moisturized twists until completely dry. If your hair is longer Pull your twists into a pineapple or bun to get the most stretch on your curls.

 Unravel and enjoy your soft bouncy hair.


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