What are humectants? And other questions, help!

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I really don't speak the language of science so can someone explain what humectants and dew points really mean for hair and what role glycerin in products really plays in all this. Also opinions on if I'm a wavy or curly? Sometimes I get tight ringlets but it has more characteristics of a wave, like it looks better if I apply product when damp etcWhat are humectants? And other questions, help!-imageuploadedbycurltalk1359672968.652450.jpgWhat are humectants? And other questions, help!-imageuploadedbycurltalk1359672982.749342.jpg
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I really don't speak the language of science so can someone explain what humectants and dew points really mean for hair and what role glycerin in products really plays in all this. Also opinions on if I'm a wavy or curly? Sometimes I get tight ringlets but it has more characteristics of a wave, like it looks better if I apply product when damp etcAttachment 30629Attachment 30630
Originally Posted by sammyantha
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Hmm well your hair clumps into ringlets really nicely. I'd say more 3A in the second picture and more 2C/3A in the first. A lot of people have both. You can be wavycurly. It's a very common thing, I think. I range from 2C in this one stubborn spot in the back, 3A mostly in front and sides and past crown and 3B around the nape of my neck and underneath the hair. It really depends on how I style it too. Certain gels give me slightly tighter curls but my favorite so far gives me looser ones. I honestly don't care as long as my hair looks and feels healthy. Also hair type doesn't matter so much when it comes to how you should care for it as hair properties which you can read about here:

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I usually apply my styling gel to hair that's damp too although I can do it to dripping wet hair and get decent results. It's just my curls get a bit elongated. I like them more bouncy. Plus if I do it to dripping wet hair and let it air dry it takes a while. If I scrunch out the moisture before I apply product my hair is dry in 90 minutes.
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Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

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Humectants can be found in most hair and skin products. Humectants are ingredients that draw moisture from the air to your hair/skin. It keeps your hair/skin moisturized. However, when the dew point is either very low or very high, the opposite happens. Moist gets drawn to the point where there is more moist. So when the dew point is too high or too low, moisture gets drawn from your hair and your hair will become dry and frizzy. So you have to watch out with that. Keep in eye on the dew point in your area. When you expect there will be trouble, try to avoid humectants, especially in your leave-in products and stylers.

Humectants: glycerin (the strongest I think!), pathenol (vitamin B5), sorbitol (my hair hates it, it's strong for me), honey, aloe vera. And several others I believe.

And yes I think you are 2C/3a!

Good luck!

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Thanks so much that explains a lot! that probably explains why my hair can feel dry for no reason sometimes, curly hair is so complex!
Recently, I realized that my hair started to get super dry for apparently no reason.

So I was thinking if I had changed something in my routine. I figured out, that there wasn't a change of routine, but I have a little change of place.

See, I live in two States of my country: Rio de Janeiro and Paraíba (just recently I am living in the latter). It's summer here, when I'm in Rio I can use humectant, but when I'm in another State I can't...

Looks like a science... lol...
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Sammyantha, also do check out the frizz forecast feature on this site. it's under the "care" bar. It'll tell you if it's a bad day for humectants or not.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

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