Unlike moisturizing oils sealing oils are unable to penetrate the hair shaft. In other words, these oils just literally sit on top of your hair.
For best results with sealing oils, you should use them after you’ve applied a good moisturizing (water-based product).
People commonly use sealing oils when doing braiding styles or twist-outs. Importantly, once a heavy and thick oil is applied to your hair it creates a seal.
That seal is a barrier that helps prevent moisture from getting out. Yet, that same barrier prevents moisture from getting in.
This is why it’s best to use sealing oils after you’ve properly moisturized your hair.
Here are a few examples of sealing oils:
1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) – It is no surprise that JBCO is one of the best sealing oils a naturalista can use.
JBCO helps to soften the hair while drawing out toxins/impurities that prevent hair growth.
Because this oil is extremely thick it is a great sealant for several hair textures.
2. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba most closely resembles the natural hair sebum our body produces.
Jojoba is a fairly light oil that can effectively seal in the moisture added during wash day or other hair regimen activities.
This oil is also very good for people suffering from dry or flaky scalps as it helps to restore the proper pH to your hair.