Glycerin? Who's using it and who has cut it out (or limited it)?

I'm wondering if maybe my dryness and frizziness of late is due to the good old glycerine that it's most of the stuff I use. Our dew points are low right now, and I'm wondering if maybe it wouldn't be worth a try to cut it out.

Anyone still using it? Anyone cut it out/limit it and then see improvement??
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I am still using it if it's in my rinse out conditioner. I am trying to limit it's use on products that stay in my hair until the dew points get above 30.
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I am still using it if it's in my rinse out conditioner. I am trying to limit it's use on products that stay in my hair until the dew points get above 30.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Have you noticed a difference when you limit it in your styling products?
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My hair was being super frizzy at the beginning of this winter, and it's doing much better now that I'm not using products with humectants in them. In my co-wash or rinse out they're fine, but I've had to stop with them in leave ins, etc. for right now. I'll have fun experimenting sometime after the dew point goes back into double digits.
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I am still using it if it's in my rinse out conditioner. I am trying to limit it's use on products that stay in my hair until the dew points get above 30.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Have you noticed a difference when you limit it in your styling products?
Originally Posted by Laura Lee
It is definitely less flyaway and not as prone to the frizzies. So it does help to minimize the glycerin for me.
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I also had to drop any leave in glycerine when it went dry out. My hair suddenly stopped holding a curl, looked dry and frazzly and kept poofing up. In humidity glycerine is my HG.
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I also had to drop any leave in glycerine when it went dry out. My hair suddenly stopped holding a curl, looked dry and frazzly and kept poofing up. In humidity glycerine is my HG.
Originally Posted by rudeechick

Dry, frazzly, and poofy sounds like me. Today I used stuff with glycerine in my cowash and rinse out, but used glycerine free stylers. Still waiting on it to dry before I see if there's any difference
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I've cut glycerin out of my routine EXCEPT for my rinse out conditioner. It's to dry right now to use it. I might use it in summer, but that's up for debate since I found products without it that my hair seems to adore.


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Can't use it, especially in summer.
I also had to drop any leave in glycerine when it went dry out. My hair suddenly stopped holding a curl, looked dry and frazzly and kept poofing up. In humidity glycerine is my HG.
Originally Posted by rudeechick

Dry, frazzly, and poofy sounds like me. Today I used stuff with glycerine in my cowash and rinse out, but used glycerine free stylers. Still waiting on it to dry before I see if there's any difference
Originally Posted by Laura Lee
I do still use the same rinse out I use in summer (tigi MM). It does have glycerine, so I do use quite a bit less for now.
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I am, I am!!! I have been using products with glycerin in them since going (mod) Cg in October. I was not CG before, so I'm not sure how my hair will react when it starts warming up. I have not had any problems with products, though I might just be an exception to the rule . Of course I live in dry Colorado, so we don't get humidity, so we'll see how my hair fairs.
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I've been using CK for over a year. I still use it in the winter just less of it.

I haven't used it my last 3 washes as I've found that FSG really helps keep down the frizz. That was until yesterday. I'll be putting it back in next wash day.
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Alright well now it's the end of the day and I must say that my glycerin-free styling routine seems to have helped. I've still got surface frizz much more than I'd like, but it's not nearly as dry looking or poofy as it has been in the last week or two. I'm thinking that this is a good direction to take my hair care for the foreseeable future. Thanks for all the input You ladies are such a great resource
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I'm almost always glycerin free due to dye issues, but I have cut out most humectants this winter. Moisutre to the max is what I've been needing.
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I stop using glycerine in the winter for leave-ins for my kids, I still use in gels sometimes in Winter, like IC Fantasia, but not often and watered/aloe'd down since glycerine is high on the list. It just equals super dry hair for my kids, and dry hair for me if I don't moisture spray my hair at least twice a day when wearing gel that has glycerine (and moisture spray under the gel). To help keep the moisture in after glycerine-free leave-in we use Camellia Seed Oil.

We use glycerine freely in summer, spring and fall. Usually 1 part glycerine to 3 parts water/aloe.
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Alright well now it's the end of the day and I must say that my glycerin-free styling routine seems to have helped. I've still got surface frizz much more than I'd like, but it's not nearly as dry looking or poofy as it has been in the last week or two. I'm thinking that this is a good direction to take my hair care for the foreseeable future. Thanks for all the input You ladies are such a great resource
Originally Posted by Laura Lee
if i recall, it took a few days of not using the glycerine for my hair to fully "recover"
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I cut glycerin out this winter based strictly on what others had said (I didn't start CG until November). I copied routines of curls I thought I was similar to. I was just following they're routines as much as I could. I found that no matter what I did I still had the dredded halo frizz. I recently started using KY Warming again in my hair as well as honeygar rinses and while I still have some halo frizz (which has always been there) my hair is extremly soft while being well defined. Without it my curls were all starting to mush together. I think for me if it's extremly dry (negative dew's) then I will try to stay away but otherwise I don't seem to have a negative affect from it.

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I avoid it almost completely in the winter and don't use too much of it anytime.
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I can use it in my rinse-out conditioners but that's it. My hair hates glycerin in the summer time, as it makes my hair extra poofy from the humidity. And now, I find out it hates it in the winter and dryness. I think I can only use it when the weather is perfect and I'm not into checking dewpoints and finding out when that is, so now I'm just not going to ever buy anything with glycerin in it again.
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I avoid it almost completely in the winter and don't use too much of it anytime.
Originally Posted by auntnett
Same for me. Auntnett, I'm beginning to think we might have very similar hair...
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