Can You apply Glycerin for Hair – Is Glycerin Bad for your Hair?
It seems there are many misconceptions on using glycerin for hair. Many hair and skin care products have glycerin. It is added to shampoos, moisturisers, soaps and lotions among other products. Before we dive into the actual question of using glycerin for hair, let’s understand what it actually is, from where it is derived and what does it do?
Glycerine, also called glycerin or glycerol, is a thick, clear, fragrance-free liquid used in many beauty products. Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment around it to itself
What does Glycerin does?
Glycerin absorbs water from its surroundings and this is what makes it an excellent ingredient for skin and hair care products. It is a sweet-tasting transparent thick liquid and can be easily dissolved in water.
Which type of Glycerin to use for Hair?
There are two types of Glycerin that are available in the market, one is natural that is derived from vegetable sources like coconut oil, palm oil, soy, or shea butter and the other is synthetic which is derived from animal sources.
Typically, if you are purchasing glycerin, the label will say if it is from a vegetable source of glycerin. Do not buy any cheap glycerin that is available in any drug stores. These are mostly synthetic and animal derived.
Synthetic glycerin has received some publicity as being a potential health hazard, and many consumers prefer to avoid it. It is typically produced from the starting material epichlorohydrin, which is a toxic chemical that is classified as a probable carcinogen.
Can you apply glycerin for Hair?
Glycerin returns moisture back to dry hair and improves the scalp layer since it moisturises it. However, when used in a diluted form, glycerin can be a great moisturizer and humectant for the hair. Care should be taken to use it in environments of moderate humidity. If the climate is very hot and humid, glycerin will absorb a lot of moisture from the air and cause the hair to swell, raising the cuticle and disrupting curl pattern, creating coarse, frizzy hair. In weather that is extremely dry, glycerin will seek out moisture from your hair and actually dehydrate it, which can cause damage and breakage
One of the biggest concerns I have seen expressed about glycerin is that it might remove or strip color from the hair. Many people with chemically dyed hair avoid it almost unilaterally. The truth of the matter is that glycerin is a reasonably good solvent for many types of molecules. It can dissolve and grab unbound dye molecules that are easily accessible near the exterior of the hair.
There is one possible exception: certain types of highly textured hair which are extremely dry, may still benefit from glycerin even in high humidity.
Glycerin can easily dissolve and remove these colors and accelerate the inevitable fading process.
So, to sum up when to and when not to use Glycerin for hair..
Glycerin is a water-soluble conditioning alcohol and is an extremely effective moisturizer and humectant. This means that all the usual things to be aware of regarding humectants, curly hair, and the weather are applicable when using glycerin.
Its viscosity and clarity make it a great ingredient to give definition to curls and to smooth the fly-away hair.
Do not use glycerin right after using a permanent dye on the hair, and consider avoiding it if you use semi-permanent or red color on your hair.
So, Are you gonna use Glycerin for hair?