Agave Nectar instead of honey

cool, thanks for the tip, I'll be searching for that on Monday... Wonder if they have that stuff over here
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agave nectar is also a honey subsitute for vegans, I believe...
Originally Posted by betweenshades
Yup. I love it and my mom, who had diabetes, can use it too. (In moderation, of course) It's also great for anyone who might be allergic to honey.

I don't know why I've never tried it for my hair, though. Must try.
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I looove Agave Nectar. Never used it in myhair though. Put it in my tea everyday, it's perfect. I can't stand the taste of honey and this stuff just sweetens without that extra twang.

Gonna try it in my hair now!
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what about using sugar-water in your hair?
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The thing about honey is that it attracts moisture. I assume the same for agave nectar. I don't think sugar water would do that.
Hmm, I'm not too sure about that, sorbitol is a sugar alcohol and is also used as a humectant in cosmetics and hair products, and if anyone has observed how sugar lumps in a sugar bowl (especially during the summer) that's a sign that it pulls in water. Of course, I believe the table sugar of today contains an "anti-caking" additive so it probably wouldn't work very well. But maybe it would be worth experimenting with it, the only thing is that I would only add it immediatly before using as it will attract bacteria (and all kinds of other bugs) faster than raw honey which contains a natural antibiotic.

I have solidified palm sugar that I got at an oriental store, perhaps I should melt a tiny bit to add it to the flaxseed get I just made... Hmm, no, I think I'll wait till next time, it's been too long since I last used f.g. and I already added Epsom salt, let me not tempt the devil here...
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OK, I decided to do a little research (since I'm not ready to experiment with sugar) to see if I could find out if sugar could be a humectant as well.

First I "googled" the definition of sorbitol to see if it had anything in common with sugar but the only useful clue I got was that it's "hygroscopic" (attracts water) so I entered the words 'sugar hygroscopic' and a lot of links came up. However, the info out there at first sight seemed contradicting. One site claimed sugar was NOT hygroscopic, but most others did (so I ignored that), then the first article I read, addressed to bakers (about how to keep moisture in their baked products), said honey was more hygroscopic than sugar because fructose attracts more water than sucrose, but get this, "high fructose corn syrup" is the most hygroscopic syrup and that's why it's widely used in packaged baked goods. That reminds me that I once had a package of fructose stored in a cupboard and forgot about it for a long time, when I rediscovered it I couldn't use it because it had formed a plastic-like lump that was impossible to break in pieces so I had to throw it away.

Next, I read a short explanation in a science site saying that sugar in its natural state was more hygroscopic than honey because of it's greater concentration, so I guess that's what would make the difference, making a thick syrup.

But going back to corn syrup, this time of the year it can be found at every supermarket in the baking displays for Christmas goodies, there is the dark and the clear, I've seen "generic" white corn syrup in the past. I remember my son preferred that on his pancakes rather than the maple flavored ones. But nutritionally it's an awful thing though, raises glucose rapidly and it's "addictive", the more you eat the more you want but if you already have it at home might as well "feed" it to your hair it may actually thank you for it, lol!
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bwavy-Congrats on your successful Agave experiments! Hold is about what I notice the honey does for me. It keeps my hair clumped really well.
Is the Agave a bit less sticky? or anything different using that rather than honey?
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In her opening post she already answered that.
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bwavy-Congrats on your successful Agave experiments! Hold is about what I notice the honey does for me. It keeps my hair clumped really well.
Is the Agave a bit less sticky? or anything different using that rather than honey?
Originally Posted by medusahair
Thanks, medusahair! The agave is definitely less sticky than the honey and so much easier to mix with other products because its consistency is much thinner and more liquidy than honey. It's been almost goof-proof for me. If I accidentally get a few more drops than I wanted in my palm, it's no big deal. My hair never feels sticky, and even though it boosts the hold of the gel I'm using, my hair really doesn't get all that crunchy when it's dry. Any crunch I do have scrunches out very easily.

When I was trying to use honey mixed with styling products, I had a heck of time with it. My hair would get so stiff and sticky, it was a mess no matter how small an amount I would use! And I never felt like I had consistent results using honey either, but I have very consistent results with the agave. So, yes, there's a huge difference to me between the two. The agave also helps with clumping and shine. Good stuff...and since you're only using a few drops each day, a bottle will last a long time -- I'm still using the first bottle I bought last fall.
Neat! I'll try it. I already love it in my hot cereals and sometimes in tea.
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Thanks so much for all the info b-wavy! It sounds like I need some!
I do the same with honey, get it too sticky and then I've got a mess but I love the shine and clumping so I keep trying it.

I love a good excuse to go into 14 carrots (health food store) so I'll definitely look for this!
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