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Definition: Humectant

Two similar product names with two very different purposes, these pomades from the Aveda Brilliant line reminded me of the reasons to choose a humectant or an anti-humectant based on your hair type and even geographical location.

Humectants are non-oily ingredients that attract moisture from the atmosphere. They pull in and hold water to keep hair (or skin) moist and soft. While hydrating, they also slow down the evaporation of liquid thus can also be found in conditioners meant for dry or damaged hair. Humectants take many common forms from natural (e.g., honey and glycerin) to synthetic (e.g., propylene glycol and glyceryl triacetate) and are particularly effective in dry climates.

Now learn the relationship to anti-humectants when you


Much like humectants help moisturize in dry climates, anti-humectants are rather useful in humid environments. They add shine and definition while helping to tame hair since they naturally repel unwanted moisture from the hair while preventing frizziness and flyaways.

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Callie325 Callie325 8 years
I have been using the wrong one for years! (Yes, one jar will last that long!)
sabriel2 sabriel2 8 years
not to mention the aveda anti-humectant pomade has one of the best scents i've ever smelled. i think i like that more than what it does!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I love love love Aveda Brilliant! Also Nexxus humectress is good for that...
rocketgirl rocketgirl 8 years
I use anti-humectant hairspray. It's made a HUGE difference in my hair.
Newsha Newsha 8 years
What are some other anti-humectant products?
keemusabi keemusabi 8 years
What if your hair is dry AND frizzy?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I may have to check this out!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I've been using that very same anti-humectant pomade for years. Well, in the summers, anyway.
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