Ingredient Spotlight: Glycerin

By Erma W.

There's no denying that natural hair is thirsty.  Like bees after honey, it can never get enough moisture.  Many naturals choose glycerin as their hair's thirst-quencher.  Let's take a closer look at this popular moisturizing pick.


Glycerin is a colorless and odorless humectant.  A humectant pulls moisture from the air into the hair.  For this reason, glycerin is often used during the warmer months of the year.  However, if there is no moisture in the air to pull from, glycerin draws moisture from the hair.  Boo to that!  We use glycerin because we want it to give us moisture, not take it away.  

That's why it's important to consider the climate in which you'll be using glycerin.  If it's a moist climate, go for it (but keep in mind glycerin + humidity=big hair).  If you're in a dry environment, you might want to hold off on the glycerin to avoid brittle-feeling hair.  Some people can use glycerin all-year round with no ill effects, though, so you'll have to see how your hair responds to make the best decision for you.

If you decide to give glycerin a try, be sure to mix it with another ingredient to avoid glycerin's natural stickiness.  Glycerin + rosewater is a highly-favorited combo.  Spritz this mix onto your hair and see what happens.

Wishing you more and more moisture! :)

I'sha GainesComment