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Monday, April 16, 2012

What's up with Glycerin?

April 16, 2012

Hello, hello, hello!

So I hear so many people talk about Glycerin, but what is it? What does it do? How does it help? Let's try to answer some of those questions.

What is Glycerin?
Glycerin is also known as Glycerol and is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid. It is used in hair care products by providing lubrication and as a humectant. (A humectant is a a chemical that helps products retain moisture) Glycerin can absorb moisture from the air and has antiseptic qualities

What does Glycerin do?
Glycerin absorbs water from the surround environment. The environment is usually the air but can be your hair and skin if the air is particularly dry.

How does it help?
It will help maintain your hair and scalps moisture levels by drawing moisture into the hair and will help to prevent the frizz of dry hair.

How to utilize it in your routine?
Pour a few drops in your products to up the moisturizing benefits of the product. I add it to my shampoo, which I have noticed affects the shampoo's ability to lather, and different leave in conditioners.

Hair trail and error
I will be attempting this recipe this week as a moisturizer
1.  Purified water about 2 cups (Why purified? Because regular tap water has chemical particles that bind to the hair and weighs it down)
2. 5 squeezes of glycerin
3. 3 drops of Peppermint oil
(Will update with specific configuration)

Seal with Grape seed oil.

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