I get a lot of clients who come in upset about their dry hair. I always follow up with the question “What products are you using in your home regimen?” The most popular replies are coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin and castor oil. Now, while these listed ingredients can be equally beneficial to your hair, they are rarely stand alone ingredients for your hair. Essentially, these are popularly misused natural hair products.
GlycerinCombined with water is popular because glycerin too is a humectant. But, if not immersed in moisture, it will actually draw moisture from your hair! This explains why glycerin and water or glycerin based products work better in the humid summer as opposed to the dry winter. The humidity in the air, breeds an environment of moisture, allowing it to absorb the moisture from the air into your hair. But, if used in drier conditions, it will actually suck up the moisture in your hair. Be careful with glycerin as its effectiveness is based upon its surrounding conditions/environment.
Coconut OilCoconut oil, though easily passes through the cuticle of the hair, will give a greasy feel, but doesn’t supply lasting moisture. You may need to reapply as needed, or mix with other oils like olive oil (this is my favourite combination), avocado oil, or jojoba oil.
Castor oil is very thick and often needs to be thinned out with another natural oil in order to be applied easily to the hair or scalp. It also happens to be a humectant and can draw moisture out of the hair if not combined with a water based moisturiser. It can also create product build-up if not rinsed out on some regular basis. In my opinion, castor oil is best as a sealant for the cold winter months. Nothing gets past this thick oil!