Glycerin: The Truth About Using It In Natural Hair

At first glance, this odorless, colorless liquid may look like just a glass of water. However, if you were to touch it you’d notice its thick consistency and probably lose interest in taking a sip. As plain as it looks, Glycerin is a staple in most things. 60% of all of our products contain Glycerin. It is especially prominent in skin and food products. So, let’s take a look at why Glycerin is so popular.

glycerin benefits for natural hair

Why is Glycerin so Good?

In the natural hair community, everyone’s hair is different and requires unique attention. For example, some of us love sulfates for their ability to strip product buildup, while others think it’s too stripping. The two things I think we can all agree on is that all of our hair loves moisture and not breaking off! Luckily, Glycerin is here for us all.


Glycerin is a humectant meaning that it attracts moisture. When you use a product with glycerin, the product pulls moisture from the air into your hair. Our Hydrating Avocado Conditioner features Glycerin in its ingredient list, making it perfect for hydrating your hair after cleansing.


Because Glycerin is thick and sticky in consistency, products that contain it are able to coat the hair and allow the strands to slip past each other. This is why you’ll find it easy to detangle when using products that contain Glycerin. Slippage is super important because not only does it make detangling easier, but it also lubricates the hair strand and reduces friction between the strands (which means less breakage). Our Flaxseed Gels (both All Day and Extreme Hold) contain Glycerin and are perfect examples of how it provides slip for your curls. 

Putting Glycerin to Good Use:

After washing your hair with a stripping cleanser, it’s important to follow with a hydrating conditioner that can help detangle. But what about after your shower?

It’s important to moisturize your hair after cleansing it to make sure it is hydrated and cared for until the next time you wash. The perfect product to do this with is a leave-in conditioner. Our Nourishing Avocado Leave-In Conditioner features Glycerin in its ingredient list and is perfect for everyday moisturizing. It can be used as an everyday moisturizer and as a base for any stylers or gels you wish to apply to your hair as well.

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  • Beauty

    I am a bit picky when it comes to braiding my hair. Now that I have gone through your article, I can say I have pretty cool ideas for my next braided hair experience. Thanks to you and your insightful article. I hope you get to Read My Comment. Gracias!

  • Sandro
    I am a 74yo black women I love my hair but because of my back problem I really can’t fix my hair like i use too. I love wearing protective styles with crochet human hair braids. Right now my hair and scalp is dry very dry. I need help !!

  • Milagros JeanCharles

    Not all glycerine are created equal. I found out that glycerine can be made from soy. And I have sensitivities to soy. Is the glycerine you use in your products soy-free?

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