Hey Y’all!! The word of the day is..OIL! Not only is it a great sealant but it has other great benefits as well. Like any other products you have to find the one you like and what works.
Here are our favorites…
Olive oil- I have been using olive oil ever since we started our natural hair journey. My hair just loves it! I use it for pre-poo. It helps to soften the tangles and prep my hair for shampooing.
Grape seed oil- I use this on my scalp and for a sealant after I moisturize. It is light weight and I can use it every other day. It also promotes hair growth.
Coconut oil- I’ve just started to use this on my hair as a sealant. I tried using it for pre-poo and I’m still trying to figure out if I like it or not. (more on this in a future post).
Organix Argan Oil of Morocco- I like it because it’s light and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. Unlike my sister I haven’t tried the other oils on my hair but I do want to try and see what others oils out there that I would like.
Here’s a little info on oil and how it works when it pertains to hair:
Oil: any neutral , non polar chemical substance that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperature.
Oils are both hydrophobic “water fearing” and Lipophilic “fat loving”
Non Polar: doesn’t mix with water
Hair Shaft: part of the hair that sticks out of the skin and scalp
Medulla: deepest layer of the hair shaft; only seen in large and thick hairs
Cortex: middle layer of the hair shaft which provides the strength, color and texture of a hair fiber
Outer layer: thin and colorless and serves as protection to the cortex
Oil seals in moisture it doesn’t create moisture. So if your hair is dry and you apply oil you will seal in the dryness.
❀Our hair is made of dead cells that have turned into keratin and binding material together with small amounts of water
❀Oil does not permeate the hair shaft because of the small amount of water that holds the shaft together
❀ Leave in conditioner or conditioning styling products are able to permeate the hair because the first ingredient water
What oils are your favorite? Let us know!