Back to Basics: Glycerin and Water

So I did a flat twist out on my hair (That I finally got to look right) the other day and I am on my third day hair. Now I have added no new product or oil to my hair in the past 3 days. I have all these puddings, and butters, and twisting creams that I've purchased and i apply faithfully to my hair before, during, and after every twist/braid and twist/braid out. I think the products and even oils are great but I did my last flat twist out just using a spray bottle full of water and glycerin. I sprayed it on each section before flat twisting that portion. That's it and today (day three of flat twist out) my hair still feels so soft and so well moisturized (I didn't say "moist" for all you gutter minded ppl... oh damn wait ...).

I learned about using water and glycerin like a year ago when I first went natural. So simple and it works!

Are there any basic, mixes, routines, etc... that you forgotten about? Are there any recent ones you've done and had a similar experience to mine?
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I've never worn twists in my hair but I can definitely testify to the benefits I had when I used to use my homemade glycerin and water spray.

I used vegetable glycerin and distilled water in a spray bottle..sometimes I would pour a tiny bit of oil in there too.

But it sure kept my hair nice and moisturized for a good while. I felt it helped keep the hair soft as well. And I had every intention of using it this summer but my conditioner and oil method is just easier and works even better for me.

But boy what I used to call my homemade jheri curl spray was my best friend last summer!
Where do you find the glycerin? what are the proportions of the spray? Thanks!
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Does anyone use glycerin alone as a serum. Seems like it could work.
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This is proof that sometimes less is more. However, I've been scared to use glycerin over the last month as it's gotten so hot and humid where I am. My twist out would turn into a ginormous fro within minutes. I've been using a leave-in (right now, either Giovanni Direct Leave In or KCKT) shea butter and ORS Twist and Loc Gel for mine. That's it. I don't get any frizz and my hair is very soft.
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My twist out always turns into a fro lol. I don't know how to make it do anything else.
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Originally Posted by subbrock View Post
- don't let everybody elses long straight weave bum you out. don't let other people's big/long natural hair bum you out either. embrace what you have and rock it with confidence, because that's the only way you'll be happy. and whether you realize it or not you are somebody's influence. show them what it truly means to be confident.
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sounds great (and simple too)
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Does anyone use glycerin alone as a serum. Seems like it could work.
Originally Posted by rosscd
never tried glycerin alone but...

i used long aid curl activator to bun my wet hair. it is mostly glycerin. it didn't feel like my beloved ecostyler but it worked in a pinch. when i use this gel i get a tacky but rough feeling on my hands that i hate. however, the next day my hair was buttery soft. it felt very much like how qhemet's honey balm makes my hair feel.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
Cali Chik, I thought you were in SoCal...the glycerin works well on your hair in this dry heat??? I am in SoCal and I am afraid to try it for that reason.

So I did a flat twist out on my hair (That I finally got to look right) the other day and I am on my third day hair. Now I have added no new product or oil to my hair in the past 3 days. I have all these puddings, and butters, and twisting creams that I've purchased and i apply faithfully to my hair before, during, and after every twist/braid and twist/braid out. I think the products and even oils are great but I did my last flat twist out just using a spray bottle full of water and glycerin. I sprayed it on each section before flat twisting that portion. That's it and today (day three of flat twist out) my hair still feels so soft and so well moisturized (I didn't say "moist" for all you gutter minded ppl... oh damn wait ...).

I learned about using water and glycerin like a year ago when I first went natural. So simple and it works!

Are there any basic, mixes, routines, etc... that you forgotten about? Are there any recent ones you've done and had a similar experience to mine?
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
thank you cali chik for starting this topic! i am so in love with my simple glycerin & water spritz! my scalp feels so refreshed. i use it morning and night. i can't keep my hands out of my hair because it is silky soft
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
what ratios of water and glycerin are you all using?
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This is proof that sometimes less is more. However, I've been scared to use glycerin over the last month as it's gotten so hot and humid where I am. My twist out would turn into a ginormous fro within minutes. I've been using a leave-in (right now, either Giovanni Direct Leave In or KCKT) shea butter and ORS Twist and Loc Gel for mine. That's it. I don't get any frizz and my hair is very soft.
Originally Posted by LadyV69
Agreed. That ORS Twist and Loc Gel is so fabulous. It breaks my heart that I like it so much because it is not an all natural product But I can testify that I did two strand twist on Sunday and it is now Thursday and my hair is still mouisturized and shiny without the addition of anything!
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Cali Chik, I thought you were in SoCal...the glycerin works well on your hair in this dry heat??? I am in SoCal and I am afraid to try it for that reason.

Vege glycerin is great just for that reason. It is a humectant which means it will attract the moisture from the air.

I do not use in the summer because it is sooo humid here in Louisville unless I am rockin the fro.

My mixology includes using 1/4 - 1/3 part vege glycerin to 3/4 - 2/3 part rose water. I never measure just eye ball it and shake well.

Rose water is simply distilled water with rose extracts, I use it instead of plain water because it smells lovely.
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Last edited by DerbyCityNaturals; 07-22-2010 at 06:46 PM. Reason: messed up quote
Cali Chik, I thought you were in SoCal...the glycerin works well on your hair in this dry heat??? I am in SoCal and I am afraid to try it for that reason.

So I did a flat twist out on my hair (That I finally got to look right) the other day and I am on my third day hair. Now I have added no new product or oil to my hair in the past 3 days. I have all these puddings, and butters, and twisting creams that I've purchased and i apply faithfully to my hair before, during, and after every twist/braid and twist/braid out. I think the products and even oils are great but I did my last flat twist out just using a spray bottle full of water and glycerin. I sprayed it on each section before flat twisting that portion. That's it and today (day three of flat twist out) my hair still feels so soft and so well moisturized (I didn't say "moist" for all you gutter minded ppl... oh damn wait ...).

I learned about using water and glycerin like a year ago when I first went natural. So simple and it works!

Are there any basic, mixes, routines, etc... that you forgotten about? Are there any recent ones you've done and had a similar experience to mine?
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
Originally Posted by ktip_transitioner
Sweetie, I stay air conditioned. I don't do heat.
Quote:
Originally Posted by subbrock View Post
- don't let everybody elses long straight weave bum you out. don't let other people's big/long natural hair bum you out either. embrace what you have and rock it with confidence, because that's the only way you'll be happy. and whether you realize it or not you are somebody's influence. show them what it truly means to be confident.
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Hate me? Love me? then Follow me! www.twitter.com/vidastarr


Cali Chik, I thought you were in SoCal...the glycerin works well on your hair in this dry heat??? I am in SoCal and I am afraid to try it for that reason.

Vege glycerin is great just for that reason. It is a humectant which means it will attract the moisture from the air.

I do not use in the summer because it is sooo humid here in Louisville unless I am rockin the fro.

My mixology includes using 1/4 - 1/3 part vege glycerin to 3/4 - 2/3 part rose water. I never measure just eye ball it and shake well.

Rose water is simply distilled water with rose extracts, I use it instead of plain water because it smells lovely.
Originally Posted by DerbyCityNaturals
That's a good idea to use rose water.
Quote:
Originally Posted by subbrock View Post
- don't let everybody elses long straight weave bum you out. don't let other people's big/long natural hair bum you out either. embrace what you have and rock it with confidence, because that's the only way you'll be happy. and whether you realize it or not you are somebody's influence. show them what it truly means to be confident.
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Hate me? Love me? then Follow me! www.twitter.com/vidastarr


My twist out always turns into a fro lol. I don't know how to make it do anything else.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik
@ Cali Chik - You and me both, I've been in the Carolina humidity thread earlier today. lol

Where do you find the glycerin? what are the proportions of the spray? Thanks!
Originally Posted by pjjosephgiss
@pjjosephgiss I ordered a 16 oz bottle cheap from iherb.com. There's a discount code in my siggy for first time customers. I don't measure, sorry.

I just started back adding glycerin to my spritz mix of water, aohr and castor oil a couple of weeks ago. The mix turns my dry afro puff into a moist ball of curls and my hair stays moisturized all day. I'm loving the mix since I'm having a challenge of wearing my hair loose during the summer with the high humidity here in North Carolina. I don't measure anymore. I just add warm warm, add some products and shake to mix.

On the one hand I need to stay away from glycerin if I want to wear my hair loose but on the other hand I need to add it to keep my puff moist all day.

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Last edited by Kinky Rhonnie; 07-22-2010 at 08:52 PM.
thanks for the ratios and additional tips. i'm in a very humid city. i'm still going to try to use it.
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what ratios of water and glycerin are you all using?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
i use 6 oz of water and 2 oz of glycerin. i'm in thick humidity but my hair is in twists.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
what ratios of water and glycerin are you all using?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I use about half water and half glycerin or I use 1/3 glycerin and 2/3 water.
Quote:
Originally Posted by subbrock View Post
- don't let everybody elses long straight weave bum you out. don't let other people's big/long natural hair bum you out either. embrace what you have and rock it with confidence, because that's the only way you'll be happy. and whether you realize it or not you are somebody's influence. show them what it truly means to be confident.
www.lifestarbeauty.com
Hate me? Love me? then Follow me! www.twitter.com/vidastarr


my hair is soft to the touch today! all i did was condition and spray that and use qhemet amla cream on the ends (a little bit). yeah!!!
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