When it comes to taking care of your curls, there are a lot of ways to do it. However, it’s common knowledge that curls tend to lack moisture and many curly girls struggle to maintain it in their hair. This is when oils can help! There are a couple of ways to use oils; you can use them to add moisture to your locks or help seal moisture in.
These oils are able to penetrate the shaft of your curl, providing moisture into the cortex, where curls need it the most.
To use these oils, you might want to consider creating your own moisturizing spray by mixing them water, and spritzing your curls regularly. You can also use them in DIY curl care masks, which are best applied to damp hair.
Some curlies with dry scalps also find that using these moisturizing oils directly on the scalp can be beneficial. To use oils on your scalp, warm up any solid oils so they become a liquid. Once liquified, you can use your fingertips to apply the oils directly to your scalp. You can allow the oils to sit while you’re deep conditioning and then rinse them out.
Good oils to use for moisturizing are: extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil and avocado oil.
After you’ve cleansed and moisturized your curls, you’re going to want to seal your cuticles back down so the moisture doesn’t escape. However, sealing oils do not penetrate the shaft of your curls, so they will not provide moisture like moisturizing oils do.
Sealers will sit on top of your curls, which will add back any missing luster or shine. This also will make your curls easier to manage, so it’s recommended that you use sealing oils if you’re going to do twists, braids or other types of protective styling to help give curls slip and prevent damage. However, before you add in the sealing oil you’ll want to use your leave in conditioner first.
Good oils to use for sealing are: Jojoba, JBCO and grapeseed oil.