Aloe Vera = Humectant?

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Probably, or products with humectants way down on the ingredient list. Not to muddy the waters, but temperature matters, too. The dew point in conjunction with the temperature is what determines how humid the air is, and therefore, whether humectants will pull water out of your hair or pull water out of the air.

This blog post by redcelticcurls explains it all beautifully:
Dew Points Pittsburgh Curly
Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
Northern VA
Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
Dye-free since 11/2010

Well right now in ABQ, it's 83degrees witha dewpoint of 65 which is humid for us. So I guess today only I could use humectants, maybe. But most days in ABQ, it's just hot and dry. So KCCC and AOMM probably won't work for me. Too bad because I like what's in them. Does anyone think that if I super moisturize before these products, it could work?? anyways, I put some in today on this "humid" day and still frizz. That's just my middle name!!
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Totally bringing this thread back to life because A - I love sciencey geek stuff as well, and 2 - I have been considering getting some AVG and came across this during a search and hope to clarify as well as maybe learn more myself. The first thing I want to point out is that while the conversation seems to be about aloe vera ... it looks like most people use aloe vera GEL that is purchased from a store not the actual stuff from a plant. If that is what you're talking about and I totally missed, it sorry

Anyway, since I've been looking at maybe using AVG, I of course looked at the ingredients... and most of the gels contain Triethanolamine which is very decidedly a humectant. So regardless of what properties the aloe stuff straight from the plant has, if you're using an AVG you bought somewhere, chances are you are very likely using a product with a high amount of humectant in it. From what I found, Triethanolamine is usually the 2nd or 3rd ingredient listed.

Hope that helps someone!
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