I understand lots of naturalistas dare not use humectants like glycerin during harmattan and winter periods but the truth is that, its not bad to use it if you wish too.
Glycerin also know as ‘glycerol’ is a humectant and has the ability to draw moist which makes hygroscopic in nature. Glycerin has 3 water attracting group known as HYDROXYL groups per molecule hence giving the impression that glycerin drys out the hair during these special seasons but that is really not true with the help of the right combination-Water.
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The notion that glycerin will take up moist and feed the dry air is true when used alone on the hair but NOT true when its been properly diluted or saturated with water because glycerin bound to water is not easily going to give its water up and to be honest, it makes no chemical sense to give up its water the moment its been saturated “Glycerin mixed with sufficient water is saturated”.
Glycerin loves water, its 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 glycerin hence the reason why glycerin takes up water to make it more stable.
Saturating or diluting glycerin with water before use will not draw water/moist away from your hair bcos these two components are inseparable thus making it stable and suitable to help keep the hair moisturised without the fear to drying out your hair.
Your glycerin can be used during wash or deep conditioning process. As a spritiz, ensure its best diluted with a measurement ratio of 15% vegetable glycerin and 85% water.
Glycerin including honey has got so many benefits for the hair and I just can’t imagine why its benefits should be left out on specific seasons due to a false belief/misconceptions.
Glycerin is good for use all year round and shouldn’t be feared to be used in winter/dry seasons.