Last week I had a conversation about natural hair with one of my best friends who lives in Arkansas and has been natural for 3 years.
She wanted to know about products that help retain moisture.
Here was her issue: the longer her hair grew, the more moisture and shine was beginning to be a big problem – and her frustration was on the rise.
I told her I could definitely relate. At one point, I was also having the same problem with retaining moisture – so much so that I almost big chopped again! She continued to tell me what products she was currently using and how her hair was reacting to those products.
I listened as she shared her weekly hair regimen. Finally, I asked if she was using any moisturizers or styling products with the ingredient “glycerin” and her answer was NO.
I suggested to try products that included glycerin such as the Shea Moisture Curling Soufflé, Liquid Love Hair Care with Argan Oil, and the Hydratherma Naturals Botanical Defining Gel and Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion.
She asked, “What’s special about glycerin?”
So, I gave her a mini 101 course about glycerin.
Glycerin is a great humectant for natural hair. A humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moist.
Products with glycerin will help control frizz, provide excellent curl definition, and are great moisturizers.
But glycerin is tricky and must be used with caution, because too much will result in sticky, weighed-down hair.
It doesn’t work well in hot and humid climates either, because glycerin absorbs moisture from the air. In a humid climate, this can cause the hair to swell, disturbing the curl pattern and likely giving you a frizzy fro at the end of the day.
Also, be cautious of using it in dry weather because you can actually lose moisture, which may cause damage and breakage.
Long story short – I received a text from her on Sunday saying, “Glycerin is what my hair needed and I’ll be adding this to my weekly hair regimen!”
There’s a growing number of naturals who are concerned about retaining moisture in their hair, and controlling frizz. Glycerin might be a great option to try. Check out your current product stash to see if any of your faves include glycerin, and try it out for yourself!
Yes! My hair LOVES Glycerin!!
Let’s talk about glycerin, leave a comment below!