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Hair Conditioner without Alcohol

Hair Growth SerumMost of us have had a night or two when we have had a few too many cocktails and then woken up with a mouth like the Sahara Desert. Alcohol has the tendency to dehydrate our bodies. So why is alcohol an ingredient in moisturizing conditioner?

The answer is that not all alcohols are the same. What you find in your drink, or even the isopropyl alcohol in rubbing alcohol, is made up of very light molecules. These short hydrocarbons are so small that they evaporate incredibly fast, making them an effective way to dry things quickly. However, this is problematic in hair products, as rapid drying can mean untameable frizz.

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While moisturizing conditioner without alcohol may sound appealing, certain types of alcohol can actually help your hair to retain moisture. Fatty alcohols are made up of longer hydrocarbon chains, and consequently are quite heavy. So heavy, in fact, that rather than evaporating, fatty alcohols, like cetearyl alcohol, will coat hair strands in a protective layer that helps to trap in moisture. This helps to keep your hair hydrated for longer.

Humectants, emollients, panthenol and cetearyl alcohol may sound like exotic substances, but these are some of the wonder ingredients that empower moisturizing conditioner and other cosmetics with their wonderful hydrating properties. The combination of these viscous fluids with rich fatty alcohol helps your hair to retain moisture after washing, and offers protection against frizziness or brittle breakage.

Even armed with this knowledge. you may still struggle to distinguish the good alcohols from the bad. This article outlines some of the science behind the distinction in detail, but for ease of reference we have listed some of the good below.

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Lauryl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol and behenyl alcohol are all found in a variety of products, and can be classed as good or moisturizing alcohols. These alcohols in a conditioner do not have a drying effect on hair, and do have a slightly oily consistency due to their longer molecular structure, which makes them especially good for dry, coarse and curly hair.

Short-chain alcohols, such as ethanol, isopropane, propanol or isopropyl alcohol, are much lighter molecules. Therefore, due to their simpler molecular structure, these hydrocarbons can have a drying effect on hair. Avoid using a moisturizing conditioner that contains one of these short-chain molecules.

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Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner has cetearyl alcohol and panthenol, which both help the hair to retain moisture. The unique formula has been specifically designed to offer a gentle but effective moisturizing wash for hair, which promotes a healthy scalp while being lightweight enough to avoid excess greasiness. It is suitable for daily use alongside the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo, as part of a comprehensive hair care regimen, which can help hair appear thicker and healthier.

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