Whether pure glycerine moisturises skin or actually dries it from the inside out is debatable. Manufacturers include it in most bathroom toiletries, such as shampoos, conditioners and lotions. Some believe that mixing it with water enhances hair's moisture.
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Glycerine is also known as glycerine and glycerol, and all of these names are commonly used interchangeably. Often marketed as an emollient and humectant, glycerine is the by-product of the soap-making process and comes from animal or vegetable fats.
According to PioneerThinking.com, the pure chemical product glycerine is referred to as "glycerol," which shows that it is an alcohol, while the impure commercial form is glycerine. Pure glycerine is a solvent, which means things dissolve into it, and is also water and alcohol soluble.
Benefits of Glycerine + Water
Some praise glycerine and water as a mixture for hair care. HairliciousInc.com, a beauty information website, advises people to add glycerine to their hair relaxer product when it's running low to extend it. They also say spraying the water mixture on the scalp softens new growth because as a humectant, glycerine draws moisture into the hair and skin.
Drawbacks of glycerine
While glycerine and water may work on dry, coarse hair, another website warns that glycerine on curly hair can cause more harm than good. NaturallyCurly.com says that used with heat styling tools, glycerine conducts thermal energy quite well and will cause more shaft breakage.
Use a protective conditioning treatment in conjunction with a glycerine and water mixture when using hot styling tools so that the heat doesn't boil the hair's natural moisture within.
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