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Old 12-15-2008, 05:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen View Post
Aloe Vera is considered an humectant or "water-binding agent". Diazolidinyl Urea is a preservative and Triethalomine is a PH balancer.

Here is a handy site to bookmark when you have questions about ingredients. http://www.cosmeticscop.com/cosmetic...ictionary.aspx
We just had another conversation about this very thing, and Jillypoo says aloe vera is not a humectant... http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...19962#poststop

I don't know what her source is, but I checked out your link (which is awesome, by the way!), and it does list aloe vera as a "water-binding agent," which, according to the same source, is synonymous with "humectant."

Nowhere does the CurlChemist list aloe vera as a humectant, which seems like a gross oversight if this is the case. (See http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...tants-and-hair and http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...are-humectants)

I think this is kind of a big deal. I've been using aloe vera gel under the impression that I was imparting more moisture into my hair!! If I find out it's a humectant after all... I'll be very disappointed.
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