Glycerin for locs and other news

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Watch for a special mid-week report from the 2014 AHBAI Proud Lady Beauty Show, this weekend at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Illinois. Black hair is on display in its myriad of forms this weekend. If you’re in town, don’t miss it. The show ends Monday, May 5.

Where: 2014 AHBAI Proud Lady Beauty Show
Tinley Park Convention Center,
18501 S. Harlem Avenue

m26102In the meantime, a reader wrote me asking if glycerin is good for locs. After doing some research—and some purchasing— I realized that glycerin has been in my hair care all along.

It sat in the background of the conditioners I’ve used in the past. Now that I am wearing locs, it is part of a natural product regimen that can remoisturize dry, thirsty locs.

Heritage Products Rosewater and Glycerin is a powerful leave-in conditioning mist.

Heritage Products Rosewater and Glycerin is a powerful leave-in conditioning mist.

Glycerin is a thick, clear, colorless liquid that is used in soaps and other beauty products. It is a humectant, meaning that it absorbs water. It can do so from the air. It can also seal in moisture on skin and hair. However, glycerin works best when mixed with water. If used straight, it can leave a sticky mess.

You can buy pure vegetable glycerin at your local health food store. Even better, you can buy a rosewater and glycerin mix there, too. The two combine into a powerful leave-in conditioner that can be placed in a spray bottle and can be used to remoisturize in-between shampoos.

During my research, I even purchased a product with glycerin and didn’t even know it. It was the Amazon Natural Essentials Revitalizing Oil Spray ($12,; call 773-256-0500 to order.), whose main ingredients are water, aloe vera oil and glycerin. Shanda Wright of Amazon Natural Essentials sprayed it on my locs right after my shampoo and right before doing my locstitch. The result—soft locs when dry. (I’ll write more about it during my special report from AHBAI).

Here’s another way to use glycerine for your locs:

Daily Leave in Spritz

Combine the following into an 8 oz. bottle:

2.5 tbsp. glycerin
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Essential Oil of your choice (limit 2, use as much as desired)
1 tbsp. Rose water
Distilled water (fill to top)

Spray as needed to keep locs moist.


Sunny Isle Rosemary Jamaican Black Castor Oil Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner has glycerin in its ingredient list.

Sunny Isle Rosemary Jamaican Black Castor Oil Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. The Shampoo contains glycerin as well as rosemary and Jamaican Black Castor Oil. The three ingredients are a powerful combination of loc strengtheners and moisturizers.

Glycerin is just another way that locs can receive much needed moisture.

Gail Mitchell, Editor Loc'd Life Magazine‘Til next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine


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