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Curly Hair Tip: Glycerin Is GREAT for Moisture

Pure Vegetable Glycerin

If you watch YouTube videos by other Naturalistas then you have probably heard many say, “I added GLYCERIN to my spray bottle…”

Have you ever wondered why?  Have you ever wondered what glycerin is actually doing for the hair?

What is Glycerin? 
Vegetable glycerin is known for being a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. Because of this, it’s found in a millions of skin and hair products intended to soften and moisturize.  Check your product lables and see how many of them have glycerin as an ingredient and you will be surprised.

Benefits of Glycerin for Curly Hair
Glycerin keeps hair hydrated by drawing moisture from the air to the hair shaft. As a conditioner, it’s especially beneficial for curly hair, which tends to be drier due to the shape of the hair shaft. It helps curls form better and works against that dreaded curse of the curly girl: frizz.
Caution
Now what you may not know from watching all those YouTube videos is if you live in very dry climates or if you live in an area where the Winter months result in very dry air, you should stay clear of using glycerin!

As you read above, glycerin keeps your hair hydrated by drawing moisture from the air, right? But, if you live in NY (like me) you can’t find moisture in the air at all!  So where will this glycerin get the moisture from?? FROM YOUR HAIR!!!

It has to take it from somewhere, so it will attract moisture from your skin and hair instead of from the air. This can result in blisters on the skin and brittle locks. You can add a teaspoon of jojoba oil to your glycerin products to prevent this or just use the products with glycerin when the weather is warm.

Source: Pure Glycerin: Uses for Hair & Skin | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5365798_pure-glycerin-uses-hair-skin.html#ixzz1GIYUmYuQ

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Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
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    Great tip! I have been under the impression to stay away from glycerin, but I will try with the jojoba oil and see how that works out for me.