First thing's first — alcohol is not a single chemical but contains differing properties. This means that depending on these properties, alcohol is either good for hair and skin or not so great. Two major types of alcohols are used to manufacture hair and skincare products: short-chain alcohols or drying alcohols and Fatty Acids or emulsifying alcohols.
Short-chain Alcohols (Drying Alcohols)
This type of alcohol evaporates quickly and so they are used in hair and skincare products as an additive to help decrease the time it takes for a product to dry once applied. However, the downside of using it is that these alcohols also draw moisture from hair and skin. Leaving the cuticle to roughen, dry, brittle, and frizzy hair, with skin, can cause dry and irritated skin. Some of the most common alcohols that you will find in hair care products are ethanol, SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, denatured alcohol, propanol, propyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohol.
Long-chain Alcohols (Fatty Alcohols)
Fatty alcohols are larger alcohols derived from natural sources such as vegetable oil. The higher amount of carbon content gives them completely opposite properties to their drying, short-chain cousins. Fatty alcohols provide hydrating and film-forming properties which absorb and lock in moisture keeping the hair from drying out. The most common fatty alcohols are lauryl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and behenyl alcohol.
How To Fix Dry, Frizzy, and Brittle Hair
To achieve smooth and soft hair, there are home remedies that can restore moisture to help reduce frizz. The added benefit is that increased moisture can also help improve hair health. These are the common home remedies to look for:
- Coconut oil is high in lauric acid. It can be easily absorbed and add moisture to the hair and reduce protein loss.
- Sesame oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are considered essential fatty acids that your body needs to get from your diet. By getting more of these essential fats, it could improve hair growth for many people.
- Shea butter is often the go-to option to moisturize hair and stimulate hair growth. It has anti-inflammatory properties which can get absorbed into the scalp without leaving a greasy stain or clogging the pores.
- Bergamot oil is rich in fatty acids. It can tame frizzy hair with its conditioning. It also contains antioxidants, antimicrobials antiseptic properties which help protect the hair and scalp against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.
These oils can be used as a prewash or leave-in conditioner to increase moisture and reduce frizz. Here's how to use it:
- Place a small amount of oil into your palms. Gently massage it through your hair and scalp.
- Leave on for at least 15 minutes.
- Wash your hair to for a refreshed bouncy look
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