Back to Basics: Moisturizing and Sealing
In my previous Back to Basics post, I briefly went over porosity and how it plays a role in determining the best products and regimen for one's hair care.
The key to moisturizing is using a water-based product (meaning water is the first ingredient). Not an oil- or butter-based product, these are not moisturizers. They're sealants, they're emollients, but they are not moisturizers. When oils and/or butters are applied after true moisturizers, they lock in the moisture by coating the hair shaft and preventing the moisture (water) from evaporating.
SEALANTS=OIL- AND BUTTER-BASED PRODUCTS
My hair is in the medium to high porosity range so retaining moisture is a problem for me. When I moisturize, I seal afterwards to preserve the benefits of moisturizing. Depending on how I feel or what is nearest, I use water or a variation of hair mists and milks to moisturize. Then, I apply one of my oils or oil blends. If I want something heavier, I'll use a butter or a pomade.
Here are some of my favorite moisturizers. A full list is on the HG Products page.
- Water: It doesn't get any simpler than this.
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist: In the past 4 years, I've probably gone through about 10 of these. It's moisturizing and light.
- Oyin Handmade Hair Dew: It's a great hair milk that easily absorbs with no residue. Click here for a full review.
- Castor oil: This is a very thick oil. It's also good as a scalp treatment. Whenever my edges look a little sparse, I use this consistently on a daily basis, and it works! I prefer to use Jamaican black castor oil or the extra dark version, but I also use the regular one. It's sold in most drugstores in the laxative section. Don't let that scare you though.
- Coconut oil: This is one of those oils that actually penetrates the hair. I prefer extra virgin or virgin coconut oil because they are cold-pressed meaning it's produced at a lower temperature retaining the nutrients, aroma, and flavor. I love the way unrefined coconut oil smells and tastes. Yes, I cook with it also, and it's YUMMY!
- Olive oil: I don't use this one as much, but it's something I always have on hand in the kitchen.
Click here to check out the first Back to Basics post on porosity and for more of my favorite products, click here!
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