Glycerin + Winter = Dry Hair!




So I'm learning a lot about my hair this winter. Those who followed the 1st year of my natural hair journey last year, know that I mainly kept my hair in braids the duration of the winter. This is my first winter wearing my hair "out".

I learned the hard way that my hair does NOT vibe well with glycerin in the cold and dry months like it does in the humid summer. My favorite leave ins/daily moisturizers: KBB Hair Milk and Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave In, have been banished till the spring. They both have glycerin in them and by the end of the day my hair was feeling dry, dry, DRY. At first I couldn't understand why. Then I remember reading on various hair forums about glycerin sometimes sucking moisture from your hair if there wasn't any to suck from the air.

So now I use my shea frosting as my leave in and daily moisturizer (misting on water or my moisturizing mist first). I'm going to be creating a pudding soon though and I will try moisturizing with that and leaving the frosting for sealing.

So weigh in ladies. Any of you notice this too? What say you?

Comments

NewRibena said…
I also had to make big changes...none of my leave-ins or butters can have glycerin. Since I switched it has made a huge differnce.
...ALLmEYEne... said…
I don't wear my hair out all the time, but the few times I did I noticed quickly. I read something similar about glycerin as well and I actually tested it out. So i have it at the back of my stash until April. Currently I'm in a protective style, but I will eventually need to figure out a winter fix.
Angelique said…
I'm stationed in Vegas and it gets cold but not as cold as where home is Wisconsin, but it is still dry so what I try to do is spray my hair before I get in the shower and use the moisture from the shower so when I go out the glycerin doesn't make my hair hard and crunchy and this works for me.
Milan said…
Thanks for sharing that tip Angelique. It makes a lot of sense.

Thanks for chiming in ladies. I'm glad I'm not the only one going through this craziness. :D
Shawnystheone said…
You can still use them. Here's a trick I learn. After applying my products I turn the shower on and the steam allows the glycerin to pull the moisture. Works like a charm. If I don't feel like doing that I make sure I still my KBB hair milk with a heavy oil like castor oil.
Chrissystina said…
I've read that, too. But I have yet to feel a real difference here. I live in Salt Lake City now, and the winters are definitely different than California!

I still use glycerin mists, but only before I go to bed. I don't know, when I couple it with Shea butter, my hair feels moisturized throughout the day.

Wait, I take that back. My hair feels frozen when I'm outside for a long period of time, but once my hair "melts" inside, it is back to normal.
liznewark said…
lol. i was just going to tell you the trick is to use them before your shower, but I see that you've been told!
Aisa said…
I posted a video about this very thing. I honestly don't know why it is happening to you. I use mine all the time and it just doesn't dry my hair. It probably would if I didn't seal with shea butter. Shea butter is used to weather proof wood in Africa. How can anything get through that? It doesn't on my hair. I did search for a solution because all the hoopla had me scared. My video shows how to use a simple humidifier/vaporizer to keep you air moist. It is great because it is just good in general to have some humidity in the air for breathing and for glowing, soft supple skin.

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