Hello, everyone! It’s another part of my Haircare Essentials series. We’ve already talked about humectants and proteins. Today, it’s time to look closer to emollients! When does your hair need them? How can they be recognised on the cosmetic labels? Where else can we find them?
The emollient in the hair care is a substance responsible for keeping moisture that we supply with humectants. In the nutshell: emollients cover hair to keep it hydrated and protect it against damages.
IS YOUR HAIR DRY, DAMAGED and MATTE? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME EMOLLIENTS in your haircare!
They are necessary ingredients when we want to keep hair moisturised. I must tell you that, adding emollients to my hair care was the first step to see the real improvement. And oils had a huge, positive influence on my hair’s condition.
As well as humectants we can find emollients not only in professional and expensive hair products but also in our kitchen cupboards.
How to recognise these substances on the ingredients’ lists? Here are some examples of emollients:
1. Natural oils:
(look for the elements with “oil” or “butter” in their name)
- Argania Spinosa kernel oil (Argan oil),
- Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed oil),
- Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive oil),
- Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa butter)
- Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba oil)
and many others.
2. Fatty alcohols:
(that’s right, there are some good alcohols in hair products)
- Cetyl Alcohol,
- Cetearyl Alcohol,
- Stearyl Alcohol,
- Lauryl Alcohol.
- Stearic Acid,
- Oleic Acid,
- Lauric Acid,
My favourite way of adding emollients to the hair care is oiling in the night time. Sometimes I add oil to the conditioner or mask in the washing process.
In the case of emollients overuse, hair starts to look greasy, lifeless and unwashed.
Remember: emollients don’t moisture hair by themselves, they need a moisturising base just to keep hair “hydrated”.
Examples of products rich in emollient substances:
or any other cosmetics that contain ingredients I mentioned above.
I think the easiest way to start using emollients is putting a little bit of oil onto the hair for a couple of hours. Then you can decide which oil works the best for you.
Thank you for reading and see you next time:)