Dear CurlySuzy: I was hoping you could help me out: I live in Maryland, and as the temperature is dropping, I am seeing more and more articles about shelving my products that contain humectants because of their counterproductive effect in the drier air. Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade is a holy grail for me right now but I have seen it advertised as a humectant. I use it mainly to keep my edges slick for flat twists and corn rows and my “pigtail plaits”.

Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade

The ingredients don’t seem to list any strong humectants, but should I be worried about using this as it gets colder? I have the list below for you to review any and all suggestions are welcome.

Burnt Sugar contains: castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hempseed oil, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance.

Please help! Thanks!

A: Here is a list of humectants. I think you are fine continuing to use the Oyin pomade. Just be sure you are very aware of how your hair is feeling. Major dryness is the first symptom of humectants not performing like you want them to when the dry winter air blows in. I hope this helps. Please email me again if you need more answers or help.

Burnt Sugar contains: castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance.

Examples of Humectants:

1,2,6 hexanetriol
Butylene Glycol
Dipropylene glycol
Glycerin
Hexylene Glycol
Panthenol
Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of
vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
Propylene glycol
Sodium PCA
Sorbitol
Triethylene glycol
Polyglyceryl sorbitol
Fructose
Glucose
Polydextrose
Potassium PCA
Urea
Hydrogenated Honey
Hyaluronic Acid
Inositol
Hexanediol beeswax
Hexanetriol Beeswax
Hydrolyzed Elastin
Hydrolyzed Collagen
Hydrolyzed Silk
Hydrolyzed Keratin
Erythritol
Capryl glycol
Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
Laneth-(5-50)
Laureth-(1-30)
Steareth-(4-20)
Trideceth-(5-50)