As I mentioned last time, sometimes it is hard to understand what hair really needs. That’s why I decided to start “Haircare Essentials” series on my blog. In my previous post, I told you more about PROTEINS. Today it’s time for humectants. What are they? Why does hair need them? Where they can be found?
The humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moisturised. “Hygroscopic” basically means ability to hold molecules of water from the surrounding environment.
IS YOUR HAIR DRY, Light, matte and brittle? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME HUMECTANTS!
They are very important substances in process of moisturising our hair. One of their features is a capability of attracting water and absorb it to hair.
You can find them in professional skin and hair cosmetics or in your kitchen:)
How to recognise them? Here are some examples of the most popular:
honey/ (on cosmetic labels-” mel”)
homemade linseed/ flaxseed gel,
My absolutely favourite way of giving hair moisture is adding honey to the mask.
Humectants, as well as any other substances, are quite easy to overuse. In that case, hair looks a bit wet and lifeless with no volume.
Be aware: if it’s very dry and hot outside (doesn’t happen in England!:P), humectants will give moisture back to the environment. It means that hair can look dry again.
To avoid it, moisturisers need a good cover- emollients! I’ll tell you more about them in my next post of that series:)
I’m currently using Russian hair and body soap (Grandma Agafia) instead of shampoo. It works fantastic as a moisturiser because one of the ingredients is Altai Mountain Honey. That soap is a product that I really like and can recommend (No, they didn’t pay me for saying that:)
If you prefer moisturisers in conditioners, you can try one of those products:
or any other cosmetic that contains humectant substances.
Please remember that balance between proteins, humectants and emollients is very individual. What does your hair need the most? In the beginning of your proper hair care, you should experiment to check what is the best for you:)