Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

ceba2ad3de9700b20846d3b8a9cb6d99 Summer is officially here and its time to prevent & protect the hot and dry weather from sucking out the moisture from our natural curly-coily hair!  Most of us natural just can’t get around changing our regimens due to the season changes and we do our best to make sure that whatever we do that we are comfortable and our hair is cute and most of all manageable during all year round! I would get more worried about my hair in the summer since i just couldn’t seem to keep a style long and/or avoiding my hair to lose shape and swell while i was out….Which is why last summer i started doing some research on how to retain moisture for all dry weather conditions but especially for that hot and humid weather and how the ingredients in my products can help me achieve this goal. As i was researching i found out that the answer was in Humectants! Using products with humectants can help your hair retain moisture while you are outdoors.  Below i’m sharing with you what I’ve learned along the way and hopefully you can benefit from it yourself! 

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

HERE IS PICTURES OF A FEW PRODUCT EXAMPLES–> 

eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • 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
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • 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)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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Posted on June 22, 2014, in Curly Hair, Natural Hair, NATURAL HAIR CARE, Products, SUMMER SERIES, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for this post! Very informative!!

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