Glycerin has the ability to maintain the hair’s moisture level by absorbing the moisture within the surrounding air.
Those prone to frizz or with fine hair may find that glycerin leaves their hair limp, sticky and frizzy.
If you have had bad results with products contain glycerin, try products that list glycerin closer to the end of the list or not at all.
Reading the list of ingredients may seem time consuming but it is the best approach when your goal is a healthy head of hair.
It will also help you avoid wasting money on products only to find that your hair doesn’t react well. Leave ins with natural easy to read ingredients are ideally the best choice to make. Choosing a leave in based on natural ingredients will allow you to avoid the brands that use high levels of lab created fragrances but instead use essential oils*.
Some are sensitive to fragrances that can cause allergic reactions as well as have drying agents. If fragrance is within the first five ingredients be well aware that the smell maybe overwhelming to both your nose and hair strands. Most natural products have unique fragrances that normally disappear.
If you have a leave in that your hair loves but the scent is unique, consider applying it to your hair at night so that it doesn’t linger the next day.
I prefer to smell the product after reading the label so I can consider whether the scent is favorable or not prior to purchase. Surprisingly, even the products with a factory seal still have a hint of the scent lingering within the lid or top. Since a leave-in is the product used most frequently it is imperative to make a very careful selection.
If you have tried too many leave ins to consider and feel frustrated, read the labels of your favorite conditioners! Conditioners that are traditionally rinsed from the hair contain ingredients that may make them an ideal leave in.
To test your conditioner’s ability as a leave in, start by using only a dime size amount for each hair section and style your hair as you normally do.
You want to carefully examine your hair at the end of the day. Does it feel sticky or silky? Does it feel dry or moisturized? Don’t be surprised if the leave-in that you have been searching for has been under your sink this entire time!