Sealing troubles?

So I've always know sealing was key to retaining length and keeping hair moisturized...and I've always tried it with no success. I've used many different oils and they all gave me undefined stringy frizzy curls. I don't even use a lot. Maybe just a dime or smaller. And I'll scrunch it in after my leave in. I've even mixed it with my leave in and still got the same results. I finally found an oil that actually made my hair feel like it sealed in the moisture, it's a mix of coconut, argan, sweet almond, jojoba and two others i can't remember. It's 6 light oils. But i still get the same stringy and frizzy effect and my curls aren't as spiraled clumped and defined. I want healthy hair but i also want my hair to look nice...and this sealing just isn't making it look it's best. And I've tried butters, they're too heavy and give the same outcome.. :/

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And if you can tell, it's stringy here and frizzy although it didn't pick up a lot of the frizz.

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My fine/low porosity hair doesn't care for straight oil/butter, but likes them in well formulated products. I use a richer product that takes a long time for my hair to absorb--it essentially seals in the moisture.

The last week has been cold and dry in the mid Atlantic states. I've been using minute amounts of DTs as my leave in to help with moisture and sealing. That way, the uber dry air doesn't suck the moisture from my hair.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
My bad...
Medium strands, Very dense, Normal porosity, high at the ends because of dye. Not protein sensitive.

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Maybe something like Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shea butter DT?

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Maybe something like Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shea butter DT?

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Originally Posted by DepressedCurls
You could try it. I bought a few of the SM products--didn't care for them. Thought they were "heavy" rather then "rich," if you understand the distinction. They weighed my hair down, even in minute amounts.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Other than curl pattern, I have the same hair properties as you. For some reason, my hair hates argan oil for sealing, it's great for oil treatments and as an ingredient, but it seems to be the one oil that will guarantee dull, stringy hair for me if used for sealing. So far I've had the greatest luck with coconut oil (as an ingredient, not straight up because it freezes) and sweet almond oil.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
Maybe something like Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shea butter DT?

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Originally Posted by DepressedCurls
You could try it. I bought a few of the SM products--didn't care for them. Thought they were "heavy" rather then "rich," if you understand the distinction. They weighed my hair down, even in minute amounts.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Same here. I tried that dt as a dt awhile back and didn't like it. Just like the smoothie and other leave in milks. I feel the Same about most of them.

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Other than curl pattern, I have the same hair properties as you. For some reason, my hair hates argan oil for sealing, it's great for oil treatments and as an ingredient, but it seems to be the one oil that will guarantee dull, stringy hair for me if used for sealing. So far I've had the greatest luck with coconut oil (as an ingredient, not straight up because it freezes) and sweet almond oil.
Originally Posted by seamelody14
I may just use sweet almond oil...idk. Maybe it my technique as well. I know oil alone causes this but also running the products through may cause it as well.

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I literally use 4-5 drops of grapeseed oil (very very light), in every quarter size dollop of LI to seal. This seems to work I transfer my GSO from the 16 oz bottle to a travel size flip top and let it drip drop into my hand to mix...hope this helps?
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"
Someone recently posted which oils are best for sealing and GSO and jojoba were listed, while argan was a treatment oil and not a sealing oil.

For me, any leave-in or styler that is butter based works as a sealer.
High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink

DT: SS DDMT - HG
Lo-Poo: No Preference
Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
LI: CK Satin Roots
Styler: CK Coil Jam
Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers

The very first two oils i tried sealing with were jojoba and gso...it was a no go. This 6 in 1 is the best so far. It's just frizzier and I'm loosing volume. :/ normally my hair is like...bam. Big, root curl, all that but this weighs it down a little or something..not sure. My hair is also a lot longer now as i said...i think it's a mix of all of these factors.

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Have u switched up ur technique?
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"
The only thing i can think is adding the oil and i stopped using hairspray cause it was making my hair tangled and dry. And I'm not putting products in while soaking wet anymore..I've been letting it dry some. So like really damp..

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I find that if I use more than a single drop, I get stringiness. (I have baby-fine lo-po 3b curls.) But one drop, on top of a moisture cream on sopping wet hair, followed by a styling cream, works pretty good for me. Maybe two drops. I use the Jessicurl hair oil -- I like the Island Fantasy scent! It's very light and nice.
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3b, fine, medium density, low porosity
CG for 10+ years!
Wash: CJ Daily Fix
Rinse-out: CJ Argan/Olive, Regis Olive Oil, something by Giovanni?
DT: CJ Hair Rehab, CJ Repair Me
Leave-in: CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Deva Styling Lotion (HG!!)
Hmm, i literally used two tiny drops and still...it did that. Maybe my hair is over conditioned and its adding to the undefined and soft frizzy mess

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Try a PT, then give it another shot


3B, Fine, Med D, Norm P&E
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Tropical Coconut/VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT/ CJBCLI/HETT/HENOYF (mixed w/ GSO)
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"
Would coconut oil count? Cause that's what i did for an hour then tried it and...nothing. It's not dry yet so idk but from the looks, it's gonna be the same. Maybe sealing just ain't for everybody!

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I would think that a coconut oil treatment, while super yum, would moisturize more than give protein. Get a good protein condish (I LERVE the Spiral Solutions one; CJ makes one people love, too -- and I know there are tons that are less $$$), treat it, then moisturize and try sealing. That could totally be the issue.
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3b, fine, medium density, low porosity
CG for 10+ years!
Wash: CJ Daily Fix
Rinse-out: CJ Argan/Olive, Regis Olive Oil, something by Giovanni?
DT: CJ Hair Rehab, CJ Repair Me
Leave-in: CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Deva Styling Lotion (HG!!)
Coconut milk would b a better option for a PT. But I'd pick up a VO5 for a good shot of protein. Either "silky experiences" or "herbal escapes" would do?
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"

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