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FEATURES Jun 10 2012 4:34PM
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The Road to Healthy Hair: Sealing Your Strands

by Kristin Braswell

Ladies, let's talk about sealing. To be honest, it's a word I've heard many times before, but never really looked into or practiced doing until recently. Trust me when I tell you, my hair is thanking me for it!

What is Sealing?

Sealing the hair entails applying an oil or cream to the ends of your hair in order to lock in moisture. The oil acts as a protective barrier on the hair, allowing the hair to stay moisturized longer. If you have dry, brittle ends or want to achieve general hair health, sealing is definitely a practice that you should get familiar with. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair, and, in many cases, the most fragile, so it's important to give them special attention. Dehydrated ends will only lead to breakage, so make sure to treat your ends with extra care!

How Often Should You Seal?

Some people seal their ends every day, others once a week. Listen to your hair and find a routine that works best for you. If your hair is very dry, it is important to seal your ends more frequently. If your hair easily retains moisture, once a week on wash days should do the trick.

Tips On Sealing Hair

1. Start with wet hair. Water is the only true form of moisture that will fully penetrate the hair shaft. Hair also needs water to maintain elasticity. Especially for natural hair, water-based moisturizers are key in the conditioning process.

2. Apply your oil to the ends of your hair. Shea butter, coconut, olive, grapeseed, and jojoba oil are all great options. If you have dryer hair, use a thicker oil, such as Jamaican Castor Oil, which has the consistency of molasses. If you are looking for a lightweight product to seal your hair, try aloe vera, which can help to balance the pH level of hair.

3. After sealing, keep ends protected by wearing in a protective style such as bantu knots or twists. The less you manipulate your hair -- especially your ends, the healthier it will be!

What about you all? What sealing methods and oils do you love?

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