Humectants AND Frizz
Blumseed Team - Oct 01 2020
About that frizz
4b textured, coily, curly and all in between hair has an insatiable attraction to natural ingredients, pure and simple. You have to indulge the "Crown You Wear" with a lot of pampering to dismiss the vestiges of dryness, frizz, and breakage. Loving it tenderly is essential. The best love it can (and should) receive is moisture.
Frizzy hair occurs when the moisture in the environment is absorbed into your hair shaft. This results in the swelling of the hair shaft, raising the cuticle and causing a puffing effect. In order to prevent frizz, your hair must be properly moisturized, and the cuticle must be well sealed. Due to the "S" curl of black hair, the cuticles remain open, dramatically relieving the hair of much needed moisture.
To properly seal the cuticle, you must use a combination of both humectants and emollients. Both are important for different reasons.
Humectants attract and hold water to the hair, providing it with the adequate moisture it needs. It absorbs water from its environment and depending on the prevailing humidity can actually help or prevent your frizz. Hence, using it alone may actually do the opposite, leaving your hair in a frizzier state than normal.
Water-based humectants are the most effective at ensuring your hair receives adequate hydration. Common organic/ natural humectants include vegetable glycerin, honey, agave nectar and aloe vera. We use several humectants in our products and love our aloe as it is pH balanced and a natural moisturizer... can't sing its praises enough.
The how to...
Ensure humectants are present in the first 5 ingredients of your hair products. Add a 4:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin to your spray bottle for a daily hydrating mist (you know how we love our aloe vera mist spray).
When using vegetable glycerin, we recommend using a natural sealant like shea butter to lock in moisture.
You can find humectants such as castor, olive, sunflower, jojoba, avocado oils in our deep treatment, hair butter, herbal hair oils and many other essential oils.