Glycerin a colorless, odorless, thick liquid, also known as glycerine or glycerol. This molecule is the backbone for all triglycerides which is essentially a fat or oil. Glycerin can be used in food as a sweetener but it can be also very helpful for hair. Not only can it provide lubrication to help make hair smoother but it also contains 3 hydroxyl groups (hydrogen and oxygen) which are water attracting molecules. These molecules allow glycerin to dissolve in water and, more importantly, have hygroscopic properties. This means it can take in moisture from the air, or surrounding environment. It is also a great humectant meaning it is good at retaining and preserving moisture.
Because glycerin is so good at pulling moisture from the air it can be a very good moisturizer. During the summer when the air is hot and a bit more humid, glycerin is great at absorbing water from the air, allowing each strand to absorb the water and become hydrated. During the colder months, when the air is crisp and dry, it can actually have the opposite effect, and pull moisture out of your hair. This is why we remove glycerine from our products for the winter months. Glycerin is constantly working to draw moisture from somewhere, and if it can’t get it from the air, it will pull it from your hair. This can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, and even cause breakage.
Glycerin can be an amazing ingredient in your products. It’s water retention abilities can keep your hair majorly moisturized. How does your hair react to glycerin? Does your hair hate it or love it? It is important to pay attention to what ingredients your hair needs to thrive and what ingredients it can do without! Luckily, OrganiGrowHairCo has your back all year round! So say goodbye to glycerin this winter and hello to perfect hair!