Aloe Vera is considered an humectant or "water-binding agent". Diazolidinyl Urea is a preservative and Triethalomine is a PH balancer.

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Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen
We just had another conversation about this very thing, and Jillypoo says aloe vera is not a humectant...

I don't know what her source is, but I checked out your link (which is awesome, by the way!), and it does list aloe vera as a "water-binding agent," which, according to the same source, is synonymous with "humectant."

Nowhere does the CurlChemist list aloe vera as a humectant, which seems like a gross oversight if this is the case. (See and

I think this is kind of a big deal. I've been using aloe vera gel under the impression that I was imparting more moisture into my hair!! If I find out it's a humectant after all... I'll be very disappointed.

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