Humactants help?

What are humactants? Can someone please explain to me? The articles just confuse me! And sorry about the spelling, big thumbs=wrong spelling
What are humactants? Can someone please explain to me? The articles just confuse me! And sorry about the spelling, big thumbs=wrong spelling
Originally Posted by Tripgirl3a
Basically, ingredients that encourage the moisture that is in the air into your hair - examples are glycerin, aloe vera and propylene glycol HTH
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Basically, ingredients that encourage the moisture that is in the air into your hair - examples are glycerin, aloe vera and propylene glycol HTH
Originally Posted by curlyhairmichuk
Taking these 3 humectants into consideration, do you have any idea what the differences are between the 3? My specific reason for asking is Glycerin can wreak havoc on my hair while on the other hand, my hair does pretty well with Aloe Vera Gel. Just trying to figure out this whole humectant thing.

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i dont know - maybe its along the lines of what else is in the product and/or what your hair prefers (like protein - some curlies hate wheat protein in products but love silk protein)
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CG May 2009 - low poo occasionally
Co-wash: Tresemme Naturals
Styling -Naked Curl Defining Cream, BRHG, Mop Top, FSG
Product for a good hair day: FSG or Mop Top
Hair loves protein!
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Taking these 3 humectants into consideration, do you have any idea what the differences are between the 3? My specific reason for asking is Glycerin can wreak havoc on my hair while on the other hand, my hair does pretty well with Aloe Vera Gel. Just trying to figure out this whole humectant thing.

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Originally Posted by NYCgirl
I know that my hair does not like protein and aloe Vera. I don't know if glycerin works with my hair or not... what is havoc?
Humectants draws moisture from the air into your hair. For most people like me, humectants are a huge NO due to living in an area with high humidity (Southern Louisiana). Humidity causes severe frizz to my hair..and the use of humectants will only triple the effect of the humidity.So, I'll always end up with a big poof on my head, at the of the day, if I ever use humectant based products on a hot summer day here. If you live in a less humid/dryer area, then they're won't be too much of problem with using them.

Common humectants are definitely glycerin. I also hear that thinks such as honey and aloe vera can count as humectants too.
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I think that humectants like aloe vera and honey are not as strong as humectants like glycerin and propylene glycol.

Sugar syrups are also humectants: molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, honey. Also castor oil.

The humectant article on wikipedia has a good list.

On very humid or very dry days, humectants are generally not a very good thing for hair.

Last edited by earthnut; 06-23-2012 at 02:28 PM.
On very humid or very dry days, humectants are generally not a very good thing for hair.
Originally Posted by earthnut
Hmmmmm, so now with my impending vacation in the Bahamas in a few weeks where its both hot and humid, it sounds like i need to steer clear of humectants.


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Last edited by NYCgirl; 06-24-2012 at 12:24 PM.
I dispute the "very dry" argument. LOL
I live in a dry climate, and my hair loves humectants. It's not "very dry" per se, but I live in a beach community, so its warm, with a bit of humidity but not much except on days when it's overcast, and it's dry. We have low humidity 99% of the time.

Moreover, whenever I go to Las Vegas, where it really is very dry, my hair looks amazing. My hair loves very dry weather, and I use humectants in my FSG - all 3 of the main humectants, actually. I put glycerin, honey, and aloe vera in my FSG. Glycerin because it prevents frizz, and honey for its humectant properties. Aloe vera for conditioning and frizz control as well.

On very humid days, I'd say humectants are a no no, but on very dry days, I'd say its an individual thing. My hair personally loves them and my climate is warm and dry. Not dry as the desert, but close
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