What are Sealants and Its Effects on Natural hair?
Sealants are natural oils that help in providing a seal around your hair.
The oils help to keep the cuticle in good shape, enabling them to lock in the moisture in your hair.
Hair becomes dry since it lacks essential nutrients.
You can apply natural oils on your hair to keep it looking healthy and shiny.
Apart from oils sealing in the moisture into the hair to prevent dryness, oils also lubricate the hair to lessen friction amongst your hair.
If you have had problems with controlling dryness in your hair, then sealing your hair would be your only hope.
Sealing is the process of trapping moisture in your hair when it is still wet or after you apply a product that has water as its main ingredient.
Sealing can either be done by using silicone, serum, or vegetable oils such as argan oil, coconut oil, or Shea/cocoa butter.
A serum or silicone is a product that when used creates a thin protective layer on your scalp that prevents factors like the wind, sun, heat styling tools from damaging your hair.
However, if you misuse these products, they can create product buildup, which will prevent your hair from getting the moisture that it needs.
Over time the buildup will cause the same problem that you were trying to avoid, dryness, and breakage of hair.
Silicones are good for use; however, if you misuse them, they may end up harming your hair rather than helping it.
If you must use silicones or serums, ensure that you clarify your hair using a clarifying shampoo at least once a month.
If you want a healthier option, then I would recommend you use vegetable oil or butter to seal in the moisture in your hair.
The good thing with using natural oils is that they will work for and not against your hair.
Another benefit of using vegetable oils is that they are made of full fatty acids that penetrate your hair, strengthening it.
The only con of using vegetable fats is that if you overuse it, you will end up with greasy hair and buildup.