My Hair Loves Glycerin
When I first stopped wearing extension braids after a three-year continuous stint, my hair was very dry. Unknowingly, however, I immediately started doing things to compound that problem like thermal styling with pressing combs, flat irons and blow dryers and using products, such as grease and sulfate shampoos that just sapped any remaining moisture right out of my hair. In short, I was doing absolutely nothing right when it came to taking care of my hair. Then, when I’d try to wear nappy styles, I couldn’t understand why my hair was so dry and lifeless looking.
One day, I picked up some Carefree Curl Moisturizer. By then, I was starting to learn more about my nappy hair and how to care for it. So I looked at the back of the bottle. It was water-based and contained glycerin (an ingredient that draws water from humid air to moisturize your hair) and no mineral oils. That I knew was supposed to be a good thing. So despite my apprehension about it being a jheri curl product, I decided to give it a go.
To my delight my hair loved the stuff. Although I no longer use it, (I prefer gels and crèmes) my hair responds well to almost any water and glycerin-based product. In fact, it stays so moisturized during the summer months that I don’t have to reapply moisturizer for days on end. Unfortunately glycerin doesn’t work at all in the winter when the air is drier so I’ve started mixing jojoba oil in with my moisturizer. This, combined with the other ingredients in my moisturizer helps keep my hair soft and supple.
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