Curly girls, how does one "seal"?

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Lots of people like penetrating oils for sealing. For me personally they don't work very well. If you are fine or porous sometimes they can weight you down.

The sealing effects may not last as long, as well.
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Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
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LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
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PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
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Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing


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Thanks to everyone who responded. It seems so much simpler now. I don't have any oils in my leave in (kinky curly knot today) so I'll just apply some after it. Check. And thank you aqua_lily for that wonderful list I can refer to! I already have some jojoba oil so I'm going to try it out tomorrow. I really like the idea of sealing. I think it may protect my porous hair from drying out in the arid California weather. Jojoba is probably also the best choice for me because heavier oils like olive or coconut are best reserved for deep conditioning in my experience. Also yes what you wrote makes sense. I want the oil to sit on top of the hair strand, not to penetrate it. If this works then maybe I can experiment with styling products with glycerine and protein again. I'm still not sure if those ingredients are drying me out so this could really help. Thanks guys! Curly love.
Originally Posted by dusalocks
glycerin is bad in low dews, and you talk about arid air, so i am assuming the dew points are very low where you live. glycerin seeks out moisture, if it is not in the air then it will take it from your hair, and dry your hair out. glycerin is great in mid dews, and my hair happens to love it in high dews, but it's the kiss of death for hair in low dews for sure!!
if glycerin is low on the ingredient list of a product that is very moisturizing, then it's ok. every product is formulated differently, so it's again trial and error.
Originally Posted by rbb
We've had nothing but low dew points for 5 weeks. Basically ever since I started checking the dew point. It is the pits I tell you. I never really thought that I lived in a particularly arid or dry climate until I started following the weather and focusing on my hair. Thank you for this post. It encouraged me to test out the SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie and so far it really lives up to its name. I'm trying it out today and hopefully by the end of the day the glycerine content will not have dried me out. I guess I'll know when I wash my hair.
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glycerin is bad in low dews, and you talk about arid air, so i am assuming the dew points are very low where you live. glycerin seeks out moisture, if it is not in the air then it will take it from your hair, and dry your hair out. glycerin is great in mid dews, and my hair happens to love it in high dews, but it's the kiss of death for hair in low dews for sure!!
if glycerin is low on the ingredient list of a product that is very moisturizing, then it's ok. every product is formulated differently, so it's again trial and error.
Originally Posted by dusalocks
Yeah, I second this. Glycerin dries the heck out of my hair when I'm in an arid climate. Instead, I use a rich conditioner and seal some of it in w/JOICO gel.
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Lots of people like penetrating oils for sealing. For me personally they don't work very well. If you are fine or porous sometimes they can weight you down.

The sealing effects may not last as long, as well.
Originally Posted by Jas76
Thanks for reply Jas...

But, and castor oil, it penetrates the hair?...
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I am not sure about castor oil. I think it DOES NOT penetrate the hair shaft meaning it is a suitable sealer (keep in mind castor is hard to wash out).

The list I posted lists the oils I'm sure about. There more oils which are suitable for sealing. For example I *THINK* tea tree, rosemary and safflower oil are also suitable, non-penetrating oils for sealing... but I haven't been able to verify this yet.

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Seal: Grapeseed oil
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I was wondering about this because I saw there was castor oil in my As I Am Coconut Co-wash. My hair loves that stuff. Perfectly moisturized and yet it feels clean too. So it must be the distribution of the ingredient. I think using pure castor oil to seal would be risky on the basis of what I've read but maybe people could mix it with something.

Also tea tree isn't so much an oil and smells very medicinal and strong. You can't pure pure tea tree oil on hair or skin because it's so astringent so I don't think it'd be a good sealer. Also I'm not sure but I think something like rosemary would have to be watered down too. If not for the astringency then probably the smell because pure rosemary must be very pungent. Nevertheless, I have tea tree oil and rosemary in my fav RO at the moment (Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle) and it smells heavenly and has fantastic slip.
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Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

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Thanks Aqua_Lily and dusalocks... (:

So, I'll try to use lighter oils to seal.

I was asking about the Castor oil because I'm interested in using it more frequently. I see people praising a lot this oil...
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