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A Guide to Choosing the Best Sealant for Natural Hair


For those of us with natural hair, sealing in moisture is a crucial step in our natural hair care regimen. Whether you have tight coils, loose curls, or kinky hair, finding the right sealant can make a world of difference in maintaining your length and moisture levels. For natural hair, the options available range, from oils to creams or butters to gels. This can be overwhelming to determine which one one is best suited for your hair type. As well as to achieve the style results or maintenance that you want. We'll explore the benefits of each option and help you determine which sealant might be the perfect match for your kinky/coily/curly hair.

  1. Oil:

    • Best for: Lightweight sealing, adding shine, and enhancing softness.
    • Benefits: Oils penetrate the hair shaft easily. They lock in moisture without weighing your hair down. Additionally, oils provide a beautiful shine and help to reduce frizz. Oils are excellent sealants as you can apply them along the hair shaft for those who prefer a lighter finish.  
    • RecommendationTailored Beauty Grow Thick Oil: Apply to your hair section to seal in the hydration from the L (Liquid) in the LOC method. As well as, apply to your hair ends on a daily basis to maintain sheen, softness and aid in retaining length. 

  2. Creams:

    • Best for: Medium to thick hair textures, providing moisture, and defining curls.
    • Benefits: Cream-based sealants are perfect as they provide intense hydration and nourishment for your hair. Also, they aid in defining curls and maintaining hold for textured styles. So your hair is receiving double the benefit from one product. and nourishment. They help to define curls, reduce breakage, and protect against environmental damage. Creams also often contain ingredients like shea butter and oils, which offer additional benefits for hair health.
    • Recommendation - Tailored Beauty Curl Antidote Cream: Apply a small amount to each mini section of your hair from tips to root. Then, two strand twist, three strand twist or braid the hair tightly to get a beautiful curly result.  

  3. Butters:

    • Best for: Medium to thick hair textures in need of long-lasting moisture or sealing. 
    • Benefits: Butters are the heavy-hitters in the sealant category, offering intense moisture and sealing properties. They work wonders for combating dryness, split ends, and brittleness. Butters provide a protective barrier, locking in moisture for long-lasting hydration and promoting overall hair health.
    • Recommendation - Tailored Beauty Everything Butter: With our our 100% Natural Shea Butter, this will keep the hydration locked in your hair from water or your leave-in conditioner. It should be used as the C in the LOC method.

  4. Gels:

    • Best for: Defining curls, controlling frizz, and providing hold.
    • Benefits: While gels are not typically used as traditional sealants, they can still serve this purpose, especially for individuals with curly or coily hair. Gels help to define curls, control frizz, and provide hold without leaving the hair feeling heavy or greasy. 
    • Recommendation - Tailored Beauty Perfect Coils Curling Jelly: Spoil your curls/kinks/coils with the botanical curling jelly as it will provide long-lasting hold, lustrous sheen, and minerals to nourish the hair shaft.  shine, and more importantly nourishment. 

Selecting the best sealant for your natural hair will require experimentation as it depends on your hair texture and needs. Whether you opt for oils, creams, butters, or gels, each option offers different benefits to help you achieve your hair goals. Experiment with different products to find what works best for you. And don't be afraid to mix and match to create your perfect sealant combination. With the right sealant in your hair care regimen, you can say goodbye to dryness and hello to beautifully moisturized, nourished hair.

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