Moisturizing black hair

Moisturizing black hair is very essential because one of the major causes of hair breakage is lack of moisture. There are several ways you can restore the moisture levels in your hair. They include:

  1. Deep Conditioning.
  2. Baggying.
  3. Moisturizing and sealing.

Most people I know that are on a healthy hair journey ensure that they moisturize and seal their hair as often as possible.

What is moisturizing?

This is applying any water-based moisturizer of your choice on your hair in between wash days. A water-based moisturizer usually has water as its first ingredient.

Some examples of moisturizers include Luster’s S-Curl Activator and Moisturizer, ELASTA QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer, Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk,etc.

You can also use any moisturizing leave-in conditioner as a moisturizer. I also love to use Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Leave-in Conditioner or Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector.

What is sealing?

This is following the application of your moisturizer with any agent that will lock in the moisture. Most people use oils or butters e.g Olive oil, Castor oil, Shea butter, etc. Some people do use serums to seal in moisture.

How often should I do moisturize and seal my hair?

Some people moisturize and seal twice a day, some once a day and others every other day. I guess it’s up to your hair needs, the climatic condition where you live and the current season. If you live in a humid environment like I do, you may need to moisturize and seal only once a day or every other day (FYI, I live in Lagos, ). On the other hand, if you live in a dry environment, twice a day may be necessary.

Seasons are also important. For example, during winter (in temperate climates) or dry season (in tropical climates), you might need to moisturize and seal your hair twice a day. In Nigeria, during the dry season, there is a period between November and March when we experience some dry, dusty winds called Harmattan. During Harmattan, you may need to moisturize your hair twice a day.

How do you moisturize and seal your hair?

It’s really quite simple. Apply a small amount of your favorite moisturizer into your hair. Follow up with an oil. That’s all. If I’m using S-Curl activator, I usually apply it between my fingers and ‘comb’ them it into my hair like I’m finger combing. I do this because I don’t want my hair getting too wet or frizzy. I’ve observed that when I use too much moisturizer, my hair starts looking frizzy and messy and I don’t like that one bit.

There are several videos online that describe moisturizing and sealing. You can watch Sunshyne (from and How she moisturizes and seals her hair.

For more info on moisturizing and sealing, don’t forget to read this post by Ebony Princess at Moisturize & Seal 101: What is it?


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