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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 NaturAll products contain glycerin. It is especially prominent in skin and food products. So, let’s take a look at why glycerin is so great for curly hair.

glycerin benefits for natural hair

What's so great about glycerin for hair?

In the natural hair community, everyone’s hair is different and requires unique attention. For example, most naturals stay away from sulfates because they dry out and strip hair of moisture, but some actually enjoy the ability of sulfates to easily remove product buildup. The two things all naturals can agree on is that our hair needs moisture, and protection from breakage. Glycerin is an incredible solution to both of those common issues.

Glycerin moisturizes your hair

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, keeping it hydrated and moisturized. NaturAll's Hydrating Avocado Conditioner features glycerin in its ingredient list, making it perfect for hydrating your hair after cleansing.

Glycerin provides slip

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). 

NaturAll's Flaxseed Gels contain glycerin and are perfect examples of how it provides slip for your curls. 

Another product that showcases the power of glycerin to provide slip is NaturAll's Fresh Frozé Treatment Deep Conditioner. We're used to hearing our customers say that this product glides through their hair "like butter." That's glycerin at work! It feels like the tangles are melting away.

Putting glycerin to good use in your regimen

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

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. NaturAll's Avocado Kiwi 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.

Muhga Eltigani

Muhga Eltigani

After years of using products that left her hair dry, damaged, and dull, Muhga Eltigani decided to chop off her hair and start over. For 6 months, she committed to using only natural ingredients on her hair- foods from her fridge and the grocery store with names she recognized, like avocados, olive oil, coconut, baking soda, and even eggs. She found support through an online community of women like her, sharing recipes and ingredients on Youtube.

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