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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Moisturizing and Sealing

Moisturizing your hair means to go through the steps appropriate for YOUR hair in order to properly hydrate your hair. Sealing is the process by which you lock in that hydration. There are several ways to moisturize your hair, using natural products is the best way (in my opinion). I say that because it is the best way to avoid many of the damaging chemicals that are in commercial items. The trick is to discover which way your hair likes to be moisturized.

Moisturize first
Water based products (such as a conditioner) aid in moisture retention and the water helps the penetration of the hair shaft. You want to look for products that have water (aqua) as the first ingredient and also one that is not filled with fillers (mineral oil, petroleum, etc).

Seal second
Most natural oils & butters can be used to seal your hair. The ones that seem to be favored most are Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Almond Oil. Of course there are many others. Always choose the oil that is best for you and that your hair likes.

How is it done?
After washing, co-washing, rinsing, etc.....separate your hair into manageable sections. Take each section one at a time and apply a small amount of your moisturizing product. Then take a small amount of the sealing oil of your choice and apply that to your hair in the same manner. All the product should go onto your hair-not the scalp. When all sections are done....style as usual.

Moisturizing and sealing do not always have to be done after cleansing. Some individuals choose do this routine nightly. This is a great way to maintain length because you are protecting your hair from breakage.

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