When it comes to the ingredients in hair products, alcohol gets a bad rap. Some articles/blogs tell us to avoid alcohol at all costs because it can dry hair out. This isn’t necessarily true. Below are some common alcohols found in black hair care products and the functions they serve:
“CETYL ALCOHOL: A fatty alcohol of natural origin that provides the creamy consistency of the conditioner and facilitates its application to the hair. Also functions as an additional lubricating and combing aid, helps prevent moisture loss and adds richness and texture to the conditioner for uniformity of application.”
“BENZYL ALCOHOL: Is a non-volatile alcohol used as a preservative in products. It should not impact the texture or feel of your hair.”
“PROPYLENE GLYCOL: is most often used as a humectant, because it has a hydroxyl group at each end of the molecule. This makes it much more hydrophilic (water-loving), so that it can attract and hold water to the hair”.
If alcohol is one of the first five ingredients in a hair care product, be mindful of the type. Water should always be first and I say when in doubt… use all natural products.