Dear CurlySuzy: I was hoping you could help me out: I live in Maryland, and as the temperature is dropping, I am seeing more and more articles about shelving my products that contain humectants because of their counterproductive effect in the drier air. Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade is a holy grail for me right now but I have seen it advertised as a humectant. I use it mainly to keep my edges slick for flat twists and corn rows and my “pigtail plaits”.

Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade

The ingredients don’t seem to list any strong humectants, but should I be worried about using this as it gets colder? I have the list below for you to review any and all suggestions are welcome.

Burnt Sugar contains: castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hempseed oil, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance.

Please help! Thanks!

A: Here is a list of humectants. I think you are fine continuing to use the Oyin pomade. Just be sure you are very aware of how your hair is feeling. Major dryness is the first symptom of humectants not performing like you want them to when the dry winter air blows in. I hope this helps. Please email me again if you need more answers or help.

Burnt Sugar contains: castor oil, soy wax, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, olive oil, unrefined hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, broccoli seed oil, and fragrance.

Examples of Humectants:

1,2,6 hexanetriol

Butylene Glycol

Dipropylene glycol

Glycerin

Hexylene Glycol

Panthenol

Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of

vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss

Propylene glycol

Sodium PCA

Sorbitol

Triethylene glycol

Polyglyceryl sorbitol

Fructose

Glucose

Polydextrose

Potassium PCA

Urea

Hydrogenated Honey

Hyaluronic Acid

Inositol

Hexanediol beeswax

Hexanetriol Beeswax

Hydrolyzed Elastin

Hydrolyzed Collagen

Hydrolyzed Silk

Hydrolyzed Keratin

Erythritol

Capryl glycol

Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)

Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)

Laneth-(5-50)

Laureth-(1-30)

Steareth-(4-20)

Trideceth-(5-50)