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Summer products for Natural Hair

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


*Originally posted 7/8/11

Dry hair, have no fear, your favorite summer product is near! This summer as your hair is drying out, and you want to look great in your vacation photos, please don’t blame your moisturizer’s incompetency. Often times we tell ourselves, "I am never buying this product again, it sucks." Most moisturizers are tailored to suit different hair needs, and different weather conditions, which is no fault of the brand who created the product. If it were anyone's, it would be the buyer, for not being knowledgeable. If your hair moisturizer's main ingredient isn’t water and glycerin than you may have a problem. Dryer times call for more ingredients that actually fill the hair follicles with excessive moisturizer. The two main ingredients you may want to look for in products are water and glycerin. We all know what water is so let me tell you what glycerin is:
Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and has a high boiling point. Glycerin can be dissolved into water or alcohol, but not oils. On the other hand, many things will dissolve into glycerin easier than they do into water or alcohol. So it is a good solvent.


According to Pioneer thinker: Glycerin is also highly "hygroscopic" which means that it absorbs water from the air. Example: if you left a bottle of pure glycerin exposed to air in your kitchen, it would take moisture from the air and eventually, it would become 80 per glycerin and 20 percent water.
Because of this hygroscopic quality, pure, 100 percent glycerin placed on the tongue may raise a blister, since it is dehydrating. Diluted with water, however, it will soften your skin. (Note: While people say this softening is the result of the glycerin attracting moisture to your skin, there is heated debate as to whether or not the glycerin has some other properties all its own which are helpful to the skin. Summed up, the current thinking is "We know glycerin softens the skin.
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What does this mean? 
This means that glycerin is our friend! It helps our hair strands promote moisture. So before you go and buy another moisturizer why not just buy glycerin, mix it with that free water you have waiting to burst out of your faucets and save yourself some money! You don't want your hair weighed down with unnecessary heavy hair products anyway.
I typically find my glycerin in a local hair store or Walmart.

Summer doesn’t have to mean spending money on new hair products, but instead it just means you have improvise and take those vacation photos with hair that shine!
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