After asking what is moisturizing and sealing, the second most frequently asked question is how to do it and what products to use. Some ladies are afraid of having oily or weighed down hair, others are concerned with using enough product. The primary thing is to use a water based moisturizer. It is no secret that I love Bee Mine moisturizers (see full moisturizer guide here) but there are endless quality products on the market. As to what I personally use, honestly it all depends on the style I am wearing on what and the method I use.
If my hair is straight (rollerwrapped or flat ironed): (Optional) I use a light spray such as Bee Mine Juicy Spritz, Giovanni Vitapro Fusion, or ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea to apply a very fine layer of moisture (spraying from an arms length away) and seal with an oil based moisturizer, Bee Mine Hair & Scalp Moisturizer. Other great oil moisturizers are Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil and Jane Carter Nourish & Shine (I avoid products with mineral oil…discussion is forthcoming). The reason I use an oil moisturizer is to prevent reversion and also to eliminate using two products and weighing down the hair, since typically if my hair is straight I’m wearing it out.
If my hair is in a textured style: Braid, twist and bantu knot outs usually require me to redo them every night in order to maintain the look in which case I use Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer, followed by the Curly Butter (for hold) and seal with Rapunzel’s Hair Silk. If I have a lot of definition and am able to get away with pineappling, I follow the curly set routine (below).
If my hair is in a curly set: Such as a flexirod set or I am preserving a textured low manipulation style, I spray lightly with leave-in (Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave In, ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea, Giovanni Vitafusion). When my hair needs more than that, I rub a bit of Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer between my hands and scrunch it into my hair.
If my hair is bunned or wigged: I moisturize with Bee Mine Luscious (or if my hair is cornrowed with a spray like S-Curl) and seal with Rapunzel’s Hair Silk. If I am bunning because my ends have felt dry, I may switch to a heavier oil, usually castor.
If my hair is in a sew-in weave: I spray with S-curl (in the summer) or a leave in conditioner (like Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In) in the cooler months. I don’t typically seal when wearing a sew in as the hair’s natural oils are trapped and serve to seal. I also don’t want to get any oil on the extensions to weight them down.
All other styles: I moisturize with Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer and seal with Rapunzel’s Hair Silk. I typically do it in sections similar to Sunshyne’s method (Hairlicious Inc) but there are times that my hair needs extra attention and I use the triple layer moisturize & seal (please see this post for details).
Mind you yes, I am giving product suggestions because these things work for ME and I support each of the aforementioned companies. But the point is that you can see the TYPE of product that I use and why and find something similar that you prefer to use. For example, you are able to see when I use a cream, butter, or spray and then you have the option to use the same as I do or find something else that may work better for you.