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5 Best Sealing Oils for the Max Hydration Method

Get the best out of your max hydration method regimen with these 5 best sealing oils for the final step in the regimen.

This is the final article in the max hydration method series. There may be other articles later on as I test out and modify the method as necessary.

If you have low porosity hair, you may want to consider trying out the max hydration method to help your hair better retain moisture.

5 sealing oils that work best with the max hydration method

You can read the previous articles in the max hydration method series and view some of my before and after pictures at the below links:-

While step 5 of the max hydration method regimen is the final step, you can seal in the leave-in and gel with oil.

This process will lead to longer-lasting moisture and definition. This is an optional step but I’ve discovered applying a light coating of oil will help solidify results.

Before you start slapping any oil on your hair though, there are specific oils that work best with the max hydration method.

I have tested various oils and found the five below to be the very best for the max hydration method for the following reasons:-

  1. They are light ensuring your hair isn’t weighed down.
  2. They are non-greasy.
  3. They are easily absorbed.
  4. They don’t dry hard or form an unpleasant film over your curls.
  5. You need very little to achieve the desired effect.
  6. With repeated use, they make your hair softer each time you go through all the steps in the regimen.

Best Sealing Oils for the Max Hydration Method

1. Sweet Almond Oil


This is the godfather of the max hydration method sealing oils. It works wonderfully.

Add in a few drops of rosehip seed oil or ylang-ylang essential oil for a pleasant smell when your hair dries.

Some great brands of sweet almond oil include Now Solutions Almond OilViva Natural Sweet Almond Oiland Molivera Organics Sweet Almond Oil.

Related Content: What Are the Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil for Hair?

2. Grapeseed Oil

la tourangelle grapeseed oil

This is the next best thing after sweet almond oil. For super soft and defined curls, mix sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil together with 5 – 10 drops of vitamin E oil

Some great brands of sweet almond oil include La Tourangelle Grapeseed Oil, Now Solutions Grapeseed Oil, and Baja Precious Grapeseed Oil

Related Content: Restore Hair Health with Grapeseed Oil

3. Argan Oil

elma & sana argan oil

Argan oil also helps with hair breakage. A few drops are all you need, spread across your palms then comb through your curls.

It might look like too little but trust me, it’s doing its job. Make sure you rake it through with your fingers.

Some great brands of argan oil include Elma & Sana Moroccan Argan Oil, Eve Hansen Organic Argan Oil and Radha Beauty USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil.

Related Content: Hydrate & Smoothen Your Hair with Argan Oil

4. Avocado Oil

la tourangelle avocado oil

Avocado oil contains proteins and beta-carotene, great ingredients for working against breakage and strengthening hair.

It also contains several essential unsaturated fatty acids. You can mix this oil with sweet almond oil. 

Some great brands of argan oil include La Tourangelle Avocado Oil, Baja Precious Avocado Oil, and Chosen Foods Pure Avocado Oil.

Related Content: 6 Benefits of Avocado Oil for Healthy Hair

5. Castor Oil

Beauty Aura Pure Castor Oil

I’m referring to the clear version here. Ideally, you should thin it out with sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.

Using it full strength is annoying and will make your hair dry weirdly. You can also add 3 – 5 drops of vitamin E oil.

Some great brands of argan oil include Beauty Aura Castor Oil, Now Solutions Castor Oil and Heritage Store Castor Oil.

Related Content: How to Grow Thicker Hair Strands with Castor Oil

I tried other oils apart from the ones mentioned above but my hair just didn’t dry right.

Two oils were particularly awful – coconut oil and wheat germ oil. Having said that, these oils might still work for someone else since everybody’s hair is different.

If you have any questions about trying out the max hydration method, leave a note in the comments section.

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Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the highly-rated Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural and healthy solutions for hair and skin. Learn more about our Editorial Guidelines

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