well, I didn't know anything about hair until I found BHM
except that SLS is bad for your hair.
I randomly found something about a sealant, and although I posted on another thread, I will repost here because... well this is the place!
It doesn't seem very expensive, and since coconut oil and castor oil by itself makes my hair either look greasy or a bit heavy for a couple hours respectively, I am considering starting this ceramides thing:
Current Sealant: My Ceramide-Packed Butter
Thank you for supporting the JGA Journal and for reaching out with feedback and excitement for the paperback journal. I appreciate you all so darn much!!!! As
for the paperback version, I'm so very sorry but it's going to take me a
little while longer. My laptop died on me this weekend and short of a
miracle, there's no bringing it back. I will have a paperback version
available as soon as possible. Thankfully I've been able to continue
blogging and connecting with you through my phone and iPad.
I have a secret to share with you. For the last few weeks I've switched
up my sealant (which is normally either grapeseed oil or Organix
Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum) and have been sealing with a Jen-made
butter blend. Blame a spur of the moment itch to raid my stash and play
around with butters and my ceramide oils I had tucked away.
I had a jar of jojoba butter lying around - and a couple others because I
mix up my BF's loc butter for him and others for my family - so I
decided to use it for my new sealant. In the future, I plan on using
grapeseed butter as the base butter for a totally ceramide sealant. I
haven't even made a dent in my current butter blend and I'm already
excited about the prospect of using grapeseed butter.
On to the ingredients and steps...
Why these oils? What are the benefits of ceramides?
The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through
manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer
of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage.
Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and
protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing
the cuticle layer of hair. For more on ceramides, check out these great
posts: Ceramides: Patching up Damaged Hair
and Ceramides: Remedy for Dry, Damaged Hair?
*Vitamin E oil does not contain ceramides but it helps nourish hair.
1. I combined my oils with jojoba butter in a jar.
2. Using my mixer, I blended the oils and butter together until I achieved a creamy consistency.
3. Because I just cannot, cannot, cannot stand the smell of wheat germ
oil I had to throw in some fragrance oil. The fragrance oil isn't
pictured - because I forgot it on the sidelines - but I used a "cotton
4. Blended again.
|My hair here is week-old air dried hair.|
I was worried this butter would be a little heavy for my fine strands
but it is not. After I spread it on my palms, it has the same light feel
of grapeseed oil. It doesn't weigh my hair down and it's been working
as a nice sealant by locking in my moisturizing, leaving me with soft,
smooth hair + shine.
If we're linked via Instagram or Facebook, you may have already seen the
picture to the left. I took it right after moisturizing (with Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk
and sealing with this creamy ceramide-packed butter. Hopefully can tell
what I mean about this butter not clumping/weighing down my strands.
Am I excited to see what benefits I reap from sealing with this
ceramide-packed jar of goodness? You bet. My hair loves ceramides and
has responded very well from sealing with just grapeseed over the last 2
years. I can't wait to see how my ends fare with the addition of jojoba
and 3 additional ceramide-packed oils.