I understand many naturalists dare not use humectants like glycerine during harmattan and winter periods, but the truth is that it is not wrong to use it if you wish to.
Glycerine, also known as ‘glycerol,’ is a humectant and can draw moistness, making it hygroscopic. Glycerine has 3 water-attracting groups known as HYDROXYL groups per molecule. Giving the impression that glycerine drys out the hair during these special seasons, but that is not true with the help of the right combination-Water.
The notion that glycerin will take up moisture and feed the dry air is true. Mainly when used alone on the hair. But not true when it’s appropriately been diluted or saturated with water. Because glycerine is bound to water, it is not quickly going to give its water up, and to be honest. It makes no chemical sense to give up its water the moment it’s been saturated. “Glycerine mixed with sufficient water is saturated.”
Glycerine loves water, it is more stable with water present than without it, and on this note, water remains its binding factor, never to dry out your hair during these seasons. It takes a lot of energy to remove water from glycerine hence the reason why glycerine takes up water to make it more stable.
Saturating or diluting glycerine with water before use will not draw water/moisture away from your hair because these two components are inseparable, thus making it stable and suitable to help keep the hair moisturized without the fear of drying out your hair.
Your glycerine can be used during a wash or deep conditioning process. Ensure its best diluted with 15% vegetable glycerine and 85% water measurement ratio as a spritz.
Glycerine, including honey, has got so many benefits for the hair, and I can’t imagine why its benefits should be left out on specific seasons due to false beliefs/misconceptions.
Glycerine is suitable for use all year round and shouldn’t be feared to be used in winter/dry seasons.