Let’s take a look at what science has to say.
Drying alcohols, as the name suggests, can be drying to the hair and scalp, and should be avoided as much as possible. But because this type of alcohol evaporates quickly, and helps a product to dry faster, it is simply not possible to make products such as hairspray without this ingredient.
You wouldn’t want to spend time on a nice blowout and styling to have your hairspray leave your clients’ hair all wet after, would you?
But according to science, fatty alcohols, such as Cetearyl Alcohol, actually has properties that are very beneficial to hair and scalp!
Cetearyl Alcohol is hydrating, moisturizing and smoothening. It helps to soften the hair and provide slip to help detangle hair better! This is why you will find this nice, hydrating fatty alcohol in our conditioners and hair care products.
So, should you always go for “alcohol-free” hair products?
Sometimes the answer is yes.
Sometimes it is no.
It completely depends on the type of alcohol!