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Glycerin: A Nearly Ubiquitous Ingredient

By January 27th, 20213 Comments

Glycerin: A Nearly Ubiquitous Ingredient writes:

You know that love-hate relationship we have with fatty foods? Well, the same holds true for glycerin, according to Marsha Coulton, founder of Curl Junkie.

“If you use too much, it can be too heavy and feel like an oil in your hair,” Coulton says. “If you use too little, you don’t get the effect you’re looking for.”

Just as fats (at least the good ones!) are important in a healthy diet, glycerin is a coveted ingredient when it comes to feeding our curls the moisture they crave. Coulton uses glycerin in both of her curl sprays, but in different proportions. Curl Fuel, which is heavier, has more glycerin. But she cut the glycerin by a third for her Curly Boost spray because too much can weigh down curlies with fine hair.


  • Anonymous says:

    this is a great article nik. my hair loves products with glycerin (karens body beautiful hair milk… the truth!) and its nice to learn more about it and its uses.

  • Couronne de Coton says:

    I must admit that my hair doesn't like humectants. In particular, it hates glycerin even if I try don't use too much…
    Thanks for these interesting informations.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this tip. I have been trying to monitor the amount of humectants I use in my routine and this information truly helps me understand how vegetable glycerin can play a larger role in moisturizing my hair (even during dry weather=) Live, Love, Peace. ~ Sweetsop

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