do you avoid glycerin? if so why?

fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users Curl Neophyte
just curious...

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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yes, mostly because glycerin is a good solvent and will fade red hair dye a lot more quickly than it already fades.

    Also, even if I didn't color my hair, I would not use it in very high or low dew points.

    In high dew points, glycerin can suck moisture from the air into the hair, causing frizz.

    In the winter, it will put the moisture from the hair into the air, causing dryness.

    For some reason, curlies tend to notice this more with glycerin than some other humectants.

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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rcc, you color your hair?? i thought that was your natural color.

    i twist my hair with a moisturizer that has glycerin in it and my hair feels horribly dry and brittle. i started to look at pictures of my hair prior to using this product and my twists never looked so thin and scraggly.

    i'll experiment and do my next set of twists with a non-glycerin product.

    thanks!
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks, yes, I do color it. It's naturally a color that my stylist call level 7 blonde, and I call dishwater/dirty blonde. It's that in between color that's not really blonde and not really brown.

    If your hair is getting really dry, it could be the glycerin, especially if the air is dry right now where you live.
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Thanks, yes, I do color it. It's naturally a color that my stylist call level 7 blonde, and I call dishwater/dirty blonde. It's that in between color that's not really blonde and not really brown.

    If your hair is getting really dry, it could be the glycerin, especially if the air is dry right now where you live.
    Madeleine L'Engle called that "hair colored hair." The red definitely suits you, good choice!
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    For some reason, curlies tend to notice this more with glycerin than some other humectants.

    For sure! nothing else causes me problems like too much glycerin. My goodness.
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    i guess i'll start avoiding it now. thank you!
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think it is drying. My type 2 hair stays cleaner longer when I use it because of the drying effect; otherwise I'd be greasy faster.
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I have just realized (in the past 2 months) that my hair really dislikes glycerin so I have been trying to use products with none in them or wayyyy down the ingredient list.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Poodlehead wrote: »
    Thanks, yes, I do color it. It's naturally a color that my stylist call level 7 blonde, and I call dishwater/dirty blonde. It's that in between color that's not really blonde and not really brown.

    If your hair is getting really dry, it could be the glycerin, especially if the air is dry right now where you live.
    Madeleine L'Engle called that "hair colored hair." The red definitely suits you, good choice!

    Interestingly, I know that phrase from Piers Anthony's Xanth series. He probably got it from L'Engle. I laughed when the character had "hair colored hair" because I pictured my own hair color.
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    I have just realized (in the past 2 months) that my hair really dislikes glycerin so I have been trying to use products with none in them or wayyyy down the ingredient list.

    Interesting. I'm going see if cutting it out makes a difference. This is the first I've heard negative stuff about glycerin.

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,727Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I don't avoid it altogether but my hair doesn't like too much of it.
    In the winter too much glycerin makes my hair feel dry. In the summer it makes it feel producty and gunky.
    But most of the products I used have a bit of glycerin which doesn't seem to bother my hair.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    In the winter too much glycerin makes my hair feel dry. In the summer it makes it feel producty and gunky.
    .

    This is also what it does for me. In winter I avoid it in my stylers. Rinse-out conditioners are okay. In summer I just clarify more often.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I use products with it but have to be careful the ingredient does not dominate, or it will dry me out. I used CJ Aloe Fix couple of weeks ago, loved how it looked and felt on wash day. Day 2 was like straw city.
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Here's an article about glycerin we did a while back. Might be useful!

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  • TRBLTRBL Posts: 5,294Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks, yes, I do color it. It's naturally a color that my stylist call level 7 blonde, and I call dishwater/dirty blonde. It's that in between color that's not really blonde and not really brown.

    If your hair is getting really dry, it could be the glycerin, especially if the air is dry right now where you live.

    So I don't have anything to add on topic - I don't know anything about glycerin - I don't use many products (cause I'm lazy like that) BUT...

    /wave
    I'm a level 7 blonde too! So says my hairdresser. I usually do blonder highlights, but you look fab as a redhead!
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I only avoid it in my lube
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yep, I avoid it in anything that's going to be left in the hair. If it's in conditioner that's going to be washed out, then I don't have any problems.
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  • mishka267mishka267 Posts: 162Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    glycerin makes my head itch like crazy. Whenever I use it I get all kinds of buildup and flakiness on my scalp and I can't stop scratching my head. I avoid it at all costs.
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