I’ll be honest when I first read or heard this word it was quite comical to me. However the effects of sebum are important. So lets get a brief yet informative lesson on what sebum is and how it can benefit.
Sebum - The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin and cellular material. This oily substance creates an acidic mantle over the skin that blocks bacterial invaders. Contains 50% water which conditions the hair and skin. Sebum not only conditions the hair and skin on the surface; it also blocks moisture loss internally.
When water leaves the body, so does—flexible, soft supple hair and skin, which ultimately leads to unsightly dry ashy damaged textures.
Unfortunately with curly or kinky hair sebum is unable to make it’s way all the way down the hair strand, which leaves us with the job to pick up where it has left off.
As noted several times here on our blog, you have good oils and you have bad oils. Here are lists of ingredients that do not mimic sebum and that you would want to check the labels for:
· Mineral oils
Such ingredients, generally provide a thick coating over the hair shaft but cannot and do not moisturize the hair. These ingredients do not create flexibility.
As your hair becomes longer, it becomes more difficult for sebum to slide down your hair shaft. Selecting a good sealant and cream to lock in moisture which is water is essential. Zuri Coils provides all natural products that do just that. Visit us on our facebook page for more information on our products or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
But before you do that check 5 things you must remember when moisturizing:
- · Your moisturizers should be close to the chemistry of sebum, Zuri Coils provides products that include such oils as castor oil. Coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc. All oils that provide fatty acids.
- · Oils, proteins, silicones, vitamins and plants cannot moisturize; they are sealants
- · The best way to preserve the hair with moisturizers is to add water first then apply a sealant.
- · Hair products are generic versions of sebum
- · Not only must YOU add water, but also, prevent water from leaving the hair by using sealants.