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  1. Hi, brilliant info.
    I’m trying to ascertain whether my hair will react to Glyceryl stearate in a similar way as it reacts to glycerin.
    My hair reacts badly to glycerin. Regardless of the dewpoint, regardless of whether it’s a small amount, or in shampoo or products which are washed out. It ALWAYS gives me a distinctive ‘frizz halo’ that I don’t get if I avoid it.

    So do you think glyceryl stearate’s humectant properties mean that it’s liable to give me a similar reaction? Does it have humectant properties even?
    Thanks for any help !!

    1. Glyceryl Stearate SE is a self-emulsifying ingredient used to create water-in-oil emulsions. From my understanding, it shouldn’t have a similar affect as regular glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant and a solvent for some of the natural gums (like xanthan gum). Glyceryl Stearate SE is a whole emulsifier.

      If you want an alternative to glycerin, try Vegemoist (Beet Sugar EXTRACT). You can also check out Naturesilk (Propanediol 1,3). If you don’t care about using more synthetic humectants, you can give Butylene glycol a try (I haven’t used this).

      By the way, glycerin in a shampoo will mostly get washed down the drain. Many cosmetic chemists advise against using glycerin in shampoo because it negatively impacts the quality of the lather too. So when you see glycerin in the ingredients list on a shampoo — and it’s not in the top 3 — it may be being used as a solvent for a natural gum (like xanthan gum or hydroxyethyl cellulose or something) and is not used in a high enough percentage to affect the hair after rinse off.

      I do know that sometimes in people with high porosity hair (like me), if the pH of the shampoo it too high, I get negative side effects like ‘frizz’.

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