Obsession for glycerin does not have to end with winters. This colorless, viscous, and odorless versatile carbon compound used as an active ingredient in a range of skincare and hair-care products. The hygroscopic nature of glycerin enables the chemical compound to draw moisture from the atmosphere on one hand, and on the other, when glycerin is applied on the skin, it acts as an excellent natural humectant, enabling the organ to hold on to moisture and keep itself well-hydrated.
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Owing to the hygroscopic nature of glycerin, the compound is used extensively during the winter months when the atmosphere tends to be dry. Apart from restoring the natural sheen and youthfulness of skin, there are several benefits of using glycerin for hair.
Glycerin is added to medicated shampoos, conditioners, hair gels and lotions because of its deep conditioning quality and its ability to keep hair dandruff-free. Glycerin also helps deal with the problem of split ends and being an effective humectant, allows hair to retain moisture. Being a non-toxic compound, glycerin can be used by all individuals regardless of the texture of their hair. Enumerated below are some of the health benefits of glycerin for hair.
1. Helps Deal With The Annoying Problem of Itchy Scalp
Besides the skin, the scalp tends to become dehydrated during the winter season owing to the dryness and harshness of the weather. The dryness causes your scalp to develop rashes that in turn makes the skin on the head itch.
Mix glycerin and rosewater in equal proportion and transfer the mixture to a clean decanter or a stoppered bottle.
Sprinkle a few drops of this mixture over your head at nighttime a few hours before going to bed and massage gently for 2-3 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly while you’ve a shower in the morning. In case the texture of your hair is oily, you can add an equivalent amount of lemon juice to the mixture.
2. Perfect Natural Moisturizer And Conditioner
Glycerine being hygroscopic and a natural humectant facilitate in preserving the moisture of the scalp and prevent the same from depletion or evaporation.
In order to make a scalp toner and conditioner in the comfort of your home, blend:
- 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Glycerin
- 2 Teaspoons Of Castor Oil
- 1 Egg
Smear the strands of hair from the tip to the roots with the mask and massage a little vigorously for some time.
Drape a towel around your head and let it remain for about 30-35 minutes. Afterwards rinse your hair using a mild conditioning shampoo. This homemade formulation of glycerin for natural hair moisturizes and conditions your hair as well as makes the locks stronger keeping them from snapping easily.
3. Deals With The Problem of Split Ends
A great majority of women have to put up with the issue of split hair ends, particularly those blessed with long tresses. Low moisture content in the atmosphere causes hairs to become frazzled resulting in breakage or split ends.
You can prepare a natural aerosol or spray by blending water and vegetable glycerin for hair in equal quantities.
You can make the spray more potent and effective by adding 2-3 tablespoons of an essential oil and mixing it thoroughly. Pour the concoction in an aerosol can and spray the mixture after you’ve moistened your hair. Using this concoction routinely will solve the problem of split ends to a considerable extent.
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4. Helps Tackle Dandruff
Using glycerin habitually after rinsing your hair with conditioner and shampoo tackles the problem of flaky scalp and dandruff. Glycerin has a cooling effect on your hair that keeps it from getting stressed and soothes it as well.
In order to use glycerin for hair growth, mix
- 1 Tbsp. Each Of Glycerin
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castor Oil
Apply the formulation on your hair especially on the roots and caress the hair. Leave your hair in this condition for at least half an hour and thereafter wash off the contents with a light shampoo. Applying this preparation once in a week makes your hair glossy, healthy and robust.
Benefits of glycerin for hair are plenty, you can even apply glycerin without having to mix the compound with any other substance or product as it is non-toxic. However, always dilute the glycerin sufficiently before application and do not forget to rinse the hair after a certain time period. Alternatively, do not apply glycerin if you’ve used a dye on your hair as its application will dissolve the colors of the dye and nullify its effect.
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