Re-post/Re-published with permission from OyinHandmade.com
We’ve been getting emails lately from people who are terrified of using glycerin-containing products during the winter. Apparently, there is a nasty rumor going around that products containing glyerin + winter weather, automatically equals dry hair. We actually addressed this issue about a year ago in episode 3 of our podcast, suggesting that using just before a [warm, steamy] shower was a great way to ‘winterize’ your use of humectant products. But just in case you missed it, here are some more bullet points to consider. :o)
1. Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to itself. In a humid environment it helps your hair to attract and retain moisture.
2. In an environment with zero humidity (a desert climate) some worry that the glycerin can pull moisture out of your hair, because there’s none in the air and the hungry hungry glycerin wants some water, at any cost!!
3. All of our products which contain glycerin, also contain water. So there is water within the product available to the glycerin, and all of it helps your hair to remain hydrated. If you are using other glycerin-containing products or making your own, one thing to watch would be to ensure that they contain water as well.
4. To ‘winterize’ or ‘desert-friendly’ your use of humectants, one simple idea is to use the product before a shower. The mist and steam of the shower will be attracted to the glycerin in the products, and the heat will help it absorb into your cuticle. Then you can use an oil-based sealer to keep that moisture in when you go out into the harsh, harsh world.
5. In many climates, the winter is less humid than the summer, but this is not necessarily the case everywhere. Many oyin honeys have zero problems using our humectant sprays or other glycerin containing products throughout the year – the thing to watch is the humidity level, more so than the temperature. don’t assume you can’t use a product in the winter just because it contains glycerin – experiment with using it under different conditions and let your hair tell you what it likes! :o)