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KY Jelly… As a Hair Moisturizer?

• Sep 17, 2013

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There is alot of buzz currently from forum readers which has now filtered down to my inbox. This buzz is about KY Jelly as a hair moisturiser and styling aid. I have to say, it was a little strange that someone thought about putting it in hair (What exactly were you doing to think that up?!!). However, it is not a half‐bad idea lol.

The main components of KY are water and glycerin (glycerine/glycerol) and both of these are good for thirsty hair. Water is of course the ultimate moisturiser but locking it in is themain activity that most naturals want to perfect. Glycerin is a perfect tool for this because

1. It is hygroscopic - meaning it bonds to and retains water. (Hygro meaning ‘moisture’ and scopic in this case meaning ‘seeking’ — therefore moisture seeking(Griffin, W. C. et al Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, 1952)

2. It is a humectant (because of no 1) and therefore can be used to stabilise the water/moisture content in products (perhaps as in KY) (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists,pg 19, 1958)

3. It makes hair softer (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists pg 251–263 1989)

4. For natural African hair, it prevents premature failure of hair — and therefore, premature breakage of hair when the hair is under stress (combing/stretching/pulling). However if your hair is relaxed, there is no such benefit (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists pg 39–52 1985)

5. It offers some thermal protection to hair, preventing cracking of the cuticle on exposure to heat(Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists pg 141–153, 1998)

I am guessing if you were thinking about KY, a cheaper option could be buying some glycerin and mixing it up with water to get a consistency that you like. Some words of caution though is that getting the water to glycerin ratio for your hair is probably easier said than done. There are well reported issues with some users saying it is too sticky or drying (not!!). Glycerin does have to be mixed with water before you use it as if you do happen to get pure glycerol, it will absorb moisture from the air and your hair if applied directly.

However, provided you add some water to it and you should be ok. It may take some experimenting to get the right level for you.  

Ladies have you ever heard of KY Jelly used as a moisturizer??? Would you ever try it???

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ayisha
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ayisha

No, i don´t think i will put KY jelly in to my hair .
We women of color, tends to put all kinds of stuff in our hair and sometimes is all but beneficial

Nubiahbella
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Nubiahbella

on a totally random note, I LOATHE that expression people of color or women of color (what does it even mean?) or ethnic for that matter, like White/Caucasian people was the human default.
Nothing against you Ayisha.

LaNeshe
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What do you say? Just “Black”?

Charisse
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Charisse

Laneshe!

LaNeshe
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Funny meeting you here lol

Hi
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Hi

Women of colour (WOC)/People of colour (POC) is used to describe non‐white people probably because of the common history of colonization and racism that is still experienced today…It’s a widely used and acceptable term and I’m not sure why you would be offended by that :S

For Ayisha’s comment though..I would have just said black women :p Haven’t heard of other races putting weird things in their hair like Monistat anti‐fungal cream or sexual lubricant…The things we do for hair…*sigh* lol

Nubiahbella
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Nubiahbella

People of color is REALLY “Colored people” rephrased, which last time I checked was a racial slur used mainly used by White/Caucasian People back in the time ( along with colored, Negro etc.…) and it also conveys the distance and distinction that white people feel they need to make between themselves and non‐white people, since they are seen as the NORM.
I am not asking people to stop telling but I am just surprised some (a lot) will use this term with the history behind it.

maxine
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maxine

Even though in The UK we don’t use the term I still wouldn’t use this term because black people are black people,whats the harm in using the word ‘black’..but when you smartly rearrange the words to ‘colored people’..it still has links of white supremacy linked to it,
I think perhaps the white race tried to modernise it into something that would be deemed acceptable by all and respectable to black people.

Hi
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Hi

colored people” (which referred to black Americans) and “people of colour” (which collectively refers to ALL racialized people) have different uses, contexts, histories and origins…not the same thing.

Pretty decent summary on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_color

ayisha
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ayisha

KY jelly no, no

Toni
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Toni

No, thank you!

TWA4now
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TWA4now

I guess I could try it, ok but no time soon. I have enough PJ stuff for now.

maxine
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maxine

What next lol well and truly happy with the products that I have got.

Maria
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Maria

I’m not surprised by this one. I read that Monistat and bull semen is supposed to be good for your hair also. I can’t bring myself to try any of it. Just can’t.

Yvonne Mitchell
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Yvonne Mitchell

lol wow where the hell we suppose to get what Bull semen from?? omg do people really do these things 😮

Asana
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Lmao

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GSoldier
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If it’s not broken…DO NOT FIX IT!!! O.O

Well damn at least not with…lubricant o.O

Tessa
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Tessa

I would try it. I can’t see what harm it could/would do. Nothing ventured, nothing gained 🙂

Frohican
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Frohican

Well I already put glycerine and water on my hair. I just don’t buy the ingredients from the sexual aids aisle.

Chelsea
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Chelsea

Why not? It is slippery and depending on the other ingredients I don’t think it will hurt. Worst case, it does nothing and you put it in the night stand and use it for its intended purpose. Better that than a bunch of sucky $15 hair products taking up space in my linen closet.

MissDJ
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MissDJ

This is ancient news. In the 80s, classmates at my university used KY jelly to spike straight hair and to slick back curly hair. We learned it from a dude who spent the summer as a Madonna impersonator. Everything old is new again…

kitso
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kitso

Hey what is KY Jelly and what is its intended use? Just curious, i dont use any form of gel/jelly in my hair.

Yvonne Mitchell
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Yvonne Mitchell

KY is a lubricant for women, to aid in providing moisture in the vaginal area (wink wink) lol how old are you?? no offense but most of us chicks well we may not use it but we all know it’s purpose lol

Starr Forbes
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Starr Forbes

Actually KY is a surgical lubricant used in a lot of medical aspects and used in other industries as well. People just began using it for sexual purposes because of the success in the gynecological aspect of using it. Prior to the 80’s it wasn’t even sold over the counter. Popularity is what caused them to come up with additional types of KY that are exclusively for sex.

kitso
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kitso

Thanks Yvonne for the explaination. Believe it or not im 35 and i swear iv never heard of it. Could it be an American product maybe that is not common in other continents? Well even if it was i dont think id know it lols.

Fayla
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Lord it seems some folks will just put ANYthing in their hair. 1st Monistat, now this. What’s next? Astroglide? C’mon now?

linda
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linda

What’s next? Very easy lol. After you’ve used KY put on some trojan to set the curls and air dry or sit under the dryer lol!!!!

anastasia
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anastasia

What’s next? Astroglide?” LMAO!!!!!!

Rosebug
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Rosebug

i have officially heard it all. side note i hate african american more than POC

Starr Forbes
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Starr Forbes

I agree with you, Rosebug. All Americans originated from somewhere else, but you don’t see them all calling themselves by that. All people originated from Africa if you go back to the very beginning, so in that instance, all people are African something. Why do we have to identify ourselves by a color (black or white)? White people usually refer to themselves as Irish, Italian, French, German or whatever…not white. Simply because I am brown, there is no reason to assume that I am African American. That term bothers me on several levels, as does “black.”

mer-pal
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mer-pal

Then how do you identify? I can see your point, but how do you respond when someone asks about your ethnicity?

gapch
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gapch

the extremes people will go to.… ridiculous…

Michelle
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Michelle

I was with my boyfriend, it was an accident … I’d rather not explain the accident.

Starr Forbes
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Starr Forbes

I would definitely use the KY Jelly. As a matter of fact I have a brand new tube that I will dedicate to my hair. There are A LOT of things that were created for one thing and used for another. KY is used in a lot of instances other than the vagina. It’s all about being open‐minded. Glycerin and water are the ingredients and have NOTHING to do with sex or genitals. I’m going to try the Monistat as well. In regards to women of color, I prefer the term as well as colored. I find neither offensive. I… Read more »

jemjt
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jemjt

Im born in southern Africa and my birth certificate states I’m colored…I’ve never had a problem being called colored…now I’m living in the uk..I’m known as black…
but like u said…black denies all origins..I don’t mind either term…but my real identity is in Christ…when all is said n done…my outer shell makes no difference. ..lol

Rae M.
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Rae M.

I really wish people would stop trying to promote these ridiculous items for black women’s hair, as if black care hair is a desperate endeavor calling for desperate measures. KY jelly? really?!?!

Mocha Dier
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Well well well, this is interesting. Better than the monistat shit tho. Im all for trying new stuff, id try it, reason, the ky gelly, is infact used to prevent friction down there and our hair can get very dry and break due to friction. and down there is very delicate, as is our hair..ummm so, i guess it could work, hahahaham, the crazy world we live in! I love it!

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LINCOLN PARK
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LOL Well… years ago we popped Knox Gelatin pills to help our nails grow… I could try KY in my hair under two conditions:

1) My hair doesn’t smell hump‐me ratchet afterwards

2) I remember to squeeze it all into an empty jar of LaPraire Skin Caviar. This is so that when people look at me like I’m crazy when I put KY to my face, they will REALLY be looking at me like I’m crazy for paying 800 dollars for a jar of face cream. ROFLMAO 🙂

Liz
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Liz

Lmao @ hump‐me ratchet! Agreed!

Jenny
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Jenny

LOL…#1 was so funny.…1was laughing so hard it took a few min to get to #2 😉

Taylor Sparks
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For all the reasons you listed KY Jelly as good, here are equally the number of reasons why you should not use it ANYWHERE on your body. 1. METHYLPARABEN — Methylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. 2.CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE — Human immune and respiratory toxicant or allergen — strong evidence. 3. SODIUM HYDROXIDE — Sodium Hydroxide is a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base. Organ system toxicity (non‐reproductive. 4. GLYCERIN — Regarding uses elsewhere — is also… Read more »

Trisha
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Trisha

In glycerin The other 5% is water…if glycerol it is 100% with no added water. It’s perfectly safe to use glycerin on your hair…no reported health or other side effects.

Linda Novembre
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Linda Novembre

Ummm.…Last time I checked “hydro” means water, and I looked up “hygro”, it relates to moisture.

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