I reached out to KK after watching her curlBOX review video and noticed the she said she had to wait on using the Karen’s Body Beautiful samples and Hair Rules Kinky Curling Cream and here’s what she had to say:
When to use and not use humectants
When my CurlBOX arrived, I was incredibly excited. I had been looking forward to it for several weeks. And when I opened it and found a 2 oz. sample of Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in conditioner and a full sized 8 oz. Hair Rules Kinky Curling Cream, I really flipped out. I couldn’t wait to try these well-reviewed products for the first time.
However, upon inspection of the ingredients of each product, I sighed. Each contained glycerin among the ingredients. I would have to wait until the winter was over to try them.
Glycerin is a natural humectant. Humectants help retain moisture — which, for us natural hair girls is a godsend. Our hair is so naturally dry, we need all the moisture we can get! One of the ways in which humectants help moisturize our hair is by grabbing the moisture that’s naturally in the air. However, when there is no moisture in the air to grab, humectants will steal the moisture in your hair!
When you’re in very low-humidity conditions, there is very little water in the air for the glycerin to grab. So, using products containing glycerin during the dry wintertime is a recipe for dry, brittle hair. As there is no moisture in the air for the humectant to attract to the surface of your hair, it will remove the moisture from your hair shaft — the opposite of what you want. This is why in the wintertime it is important to use products that do not contain humectants, and I will include a list of popular humectants below, courtesy ofnaturallycurly.com.
When I saw in the forecast that DC could expect temperatures in the 60′s and rain, I jumped at the chance to use my KBB and Hair Rules. I applied the products to my wet hair in the morning and went to work. The air was a bit cold and dry in the morning, and my hair was beginning to feel a little crispy as the glycerin began to suck the moisture out of my hair. But then in the evening as I walked through a misty DC, my hair plumped up and felt absolutely luscious. The glycerin was doing it’s job, moisturizing my hair using my humid environment. I can’t wait to use these products more often during the humid summertime!
Examples of Humectants
Diols and Triols
Propylene glycol 1,2,6 hexanetriol Butylene Glycol Dipropylene glycol Hexylene Glycol Glycerin Triethylene glycol Erythritol Capryl glycol Phytantriol Hexanediol or -triol beeswax
Humectants of biological origin
Panthenol Sodium PCA Hyaluronic acid Inositol Glycogen
Sugars and modified sugars
Sorbitol Polyglyceryl sorbitol Glucose Fructose Xylitol
Elastin, Collagen Silk Keratin
Isoceteth-x, Isolaureth-x, Laneth-x, Laureth-x, Steareth-x PEG-x (polyethylene glycol)Silicone copolyols