Water Ingredient in Curly Hair Products
Anhydrous products which is just a fancy way to say water based are always in question. What does it mean when a product has no water vs a product that has water as the main ingredient. Is one better? Let’s talk about this.
The best way to explain is by hair type. Some have dry hair, combination or oily. Water based products are almost the exact same way. Some products are 100% water such as some hair gels and hair spray, some products are a combination of both oil and water ( conditioners, shampoo and hair creams) and some are just oil ( hair oils and hair pomades). Each product has a place, some actives are only soluble in oil and some are only soluble in water such as panthenol. Panthenol (Vitamin B5) are equally effective for moisturization, improvement of hair structure and adding luster and sheen to the hair. Which means that in order to use these amazing ingredients we would have to add water to our recipe and the same for oil soluble ingredients.
If you have curly hair then you are very familiar with water based products. For curly haired girls, conditioners are our best friend. They add moisture to hair and in most cases conditioners are formulated with over 50% water. They add moisture to the hair without weighing it down. On the flip side oil, based products are great when we want to coat dry hair and not disturb our curly pattern too much.
Having both oil and water based products will help with hydrating the hair but they will also help with keeping the hair moisturized.
In conclusion, having water as an ingredients or no water… both are good. So don’t worry too much about water as an ingredient being present or not.