Emoliants and Occlusives

 Your hair product may contain additional ingredients in the firm of emoliants and Occlusives in order to deliver the best results.

Occlusives  act as a barrier to hold that moisture in. (Sealants) include: 

  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral oil
  • Lanolin
  • Waxes
  • Silicones
These ingredients have had a bad reputation but the problem isn't about the ingredients but then how we use them and when we use them. I stopped the No mineral oil bandwagon years ago when I gained better knowledge of ingredients and their correct usage.

Emoliants are lubricating and film-forming and help smooth, soften and seal the hair cuticle. They are hydrophobic or water-repelling ingredients which prevent loss of water from your skin and hair. 
These include: 

Basically, some products may contain all of these! When sealing, these ingredients play a crucial role in preventing moisture loss.
Several emoliants can double as Occlusives too!

In the LCOB technique, we essentially combine humectants, emoliants and then Occlusives. If your butter or oils like grape seed are combined with butter like sheabutter to seal, you'll reap more benefits.


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