Friday, July 5, 2013

Are all alcohols in hair products bad?

There seems to be a lot of concern regarding products with alcohol and many times we are confused about using them for fear they will dry our hair and skin. Actually not all alcohols are bad in hair and skin products. There are 4 alcohols that I personally know of that are creme alcohols that are not drying.

They are:
Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetyl Alcohol

These alcohol are fatty alcohols that are excellent moisturizers. They are used to bind the oil in liquids like moisturizers to prevent them from separating and also used to thicken products. They have excellent softening abilities and function as humectants which allows moisture to bind to hair and skin.

So no need to fear these, they actually are great for moisture!

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