Is alcohol bad for curly hair?

Which kind of alcohols are good and bad?

Alcohol in haircare is not always bad for curly hair. There are 2 types: dehydrating alcohol (the bad ones!) and fatty alcohol (the good ones). If you follow the 
CG Method
 we avoid drying alcohols. But how do you know what bad alcohols are? And why are there good ones? 

What does alcohol do in hair products?

Hair products are formulated from many types of ingredients. You can basically divide them into 2 groups: active ingredients in functional ingredients. Both are necessary to make a well-functioning hair product.
Alcohol is an ingredient that you often see in hair products. They are added for several reasons. For example, manufacturers add alcohol to create the quick drying effect in hairspray. But, these are the bad types of alcohol. Because this quick drying effect results over a long time and frequently use in stiff, brittle and frizzy hair. 
The good types of alcohol are added because they can make a substance thicker or make ingredients better to mix. In other words, this fatty alcohol is an emulsifier or/and a thickner. In addition, greasy alcohol also ensures better hydration of your hair. 
Good types of alcohol in hair products
The good alcohol in hair products comes from fat. It is therefore the fatty types of alcohol extracted from coconut and palm. Examples of good types of alcohol in hair products include:
  • Lauryl alcohol
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Myristyl alcohol
  • Stearyl alcohol
  • Behenyl alcohol
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Lanolin alcohol
  • Benzyl alcohol

Bad types of alcohol in hair products

Bad types of alcohol are:
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol denat
  • Ethanol
  • Isopropanol
  • Propanol
  • SD alcohol


So always find out what kind of alcohol is in your hair product. You can therefore safely use the good types of alcohol, but it is better to leave the dehydrated ones!
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