In a previous article I discussed the many uses for vegetable grade glycerin. It is primarily a moisturizing agent–an ingredient that helps draw moisture, making it great for the skin. It also acts as a cleaning agent for everything from makeup to paint brushes. One of the most prominent uses for glycerin is on the scalp. Here we’ll discuss the benefits of putting the product directly onto your hair, a beauty secret that many people are unaware of.
First and foremost, when dealing with glycerin, be sure to keep the product closed. It draws moisture from the air, so if you keep it uncovered, you will likely be dealing with product that is partially water instead of pure glycerin.
Many people use glycerin for hair growth. If you are the type of person who has dry, curly or damaged hair, application directly on the follicles will help draw moisture and condition hair that otherwise doesn’t take to over-the-counter conditioners that mix multiple ingredients with varied success. The glycerin will repair split ends and also absorb into the scalp if you have a dry or flaky scalp. After application, your hair will flow smooth and luxuriously.
So how do you apply glycerin directly to your hair? There are many options, but I recommend applying approximately three times a week. It is important for your hair to retain its natural oils, so applying any sort of conditioner or shampoo every day will cause problems for your hair. It’s best when mixed with some water, so apply as you would any hair care product in the shower or bath. For even better results, mix with aloe vera and lavender oil in a bottle. If the scent or thickness is too much, dillute with water. This mixture will repair your follicles, and give you a healthy shine after application. Remember, if mixing pure concentrated oils, be sure to use only a small amount on the hair. Many shampoo/conditioners that you find at your beauty supply store are dilluted and mixed. If you make your own, you are dealing with a much stronger hair application. Be gentle and test the effects on your hair a few times to see how much you will need. Everyone reacts differently to different products, so keep that in mind when making your own beauty products. You may find that pure glycerin without aloe vera or lavender oil works best on your hair, or you may find that it works best when heavily dilluted. Furthermore, you can specialize the product with your favorite fragrance oil. Your hair will smell great and look incredibly healthy.
Glycerin is sold in many places, but try and find a USP Vegetable Glycerin as it will have the best quality. Low grade glycerin is sold all over the place, but can contain harmful additives that will not give you the results you are looking for. Find a supplier that specializes in selling chemicals and cosmetic ingredients (i.e. glycerin, citric acid, propylene glycol, etc.) so you will be sure to get the right product!
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