Monday, 7 April 2014

Rosewater Glycerin Moisture Spritz.

I have been thinking about trying Glycerine out for a while. It is something that is a bit marmitesque in the curly hair community, some love, some hate. But it seems to be one of those things you have to try for yourself.  As summer is on its way, I want something that will keep my hair moist, so thought I would give glycerine a go. 

Glycerine is an alcohol that is obtained from plant or vegetable fats. It has a sweet taste, a sticky, syrup like consistency and is odorless. It is also a humectant - which means that it draws water from the air and holds it in the hair. This is great if your hair is dry as it will help it retain moisture and is a common ingredient in many leave in conditioners and has been used for years in hair and beauty products. It is known for its ability to fight frizz and help define curls. Some studies have also shown that it can help repair and regenerate skin cells. 

There are two main concerns with Glycerine. Glycerine conducts thermal energy meaning that it could potentially aid heat in damaging hair, so use sparingly in conjunction with heat. It also is known to strip hair colour. This mostly applied to freshly coloured hair, as colour takes a few days to settle. Neither of these concerns apply to me but if they do to you, just be a bit more cautious.

Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Glycerine, RoseWater, ACV.

Glycerine is also quite sticky, so when the wrong ratios are used it can make hair sticky too, so watch out!

A Spray Bottle.
1 Tbsp Castor Oil.
4 Tbsp of Glycerine.
4 Tbsp of Rosewater.
2 Cups of Distilled Water.
3/4 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar.
A Few Drops of an Essential Oil.

Simple mix all of the ingredients together and put into the spray bottle. Use on hair after styling or throughout the day as a hair pick me up. If you feel hair is a bit sticky or its just a bit much, reducing the amount of Glycerine/ adding more water should do the trick.

I have been using this for a few days and my hair seems to be feeling a bit more hydrated. I was worried that my hair might become sticky, especially as this is my own recipe, but so far so good. The ratios seem good. I will do an update once a bit more time has passed to see how it works out in the long run! :)


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