This is a continuation from my original post on Glycolic Acid being a budget alternative for Olaplex! I did some more research and found so many studies proving how this skincare product doubles as bond repair treatment for hair too! Here’s what I found from this source, among others.
Benefits of Glycolic Acid for Hair
- Reduces tangles by reducing friction!
- Resilient to heat/sun/bleach.
- Reflective shine after treatment.
- Rough hair softens immediately.
- Restores elasticity, flexibility.
- Resistant to humidity, less swelling.
- Reduced breakage
…making it easy to style and maintain curly hair!
The primary function of glycolic acid is exfoliation. When applied to scalp, it removes dead skin cells providing a better, cleaner environment for hair growth.
FAQ – Glycolic Acid for curly haie
How long to keep it on your hair and scalp? 10 to 20 minutes
How often must one do this? As with any bonding repair treatments, the frequency depends on your hair damage. I have healthy hair so I can get away with once a month treatment. If you have heat damage, color damage, sun damage even, do this weekly. Then slow down once your hair starts feeling healthier.
How long does the bottle last? Depending on your hair length, density and frequency the Ordinary Glycolic Acid can last 6 months up to a year (or more!)
How to apply glycolic acid on hair? Here’s my tutorial. I use it both on my scalp and curly hair.
Video Tutorial FOR GLYCOLIC ACID here.
Post-Glycolic Acid Application Hair Care for Curly Hair
After applying Glycolic Acid to your curly hair, it’s important to follow a few steps to ensure optimal results and maintain the health of your curls:
- Rinse thoroughly: Start by rinsing your hair with lukewarm water to remove any excess Glycolic Acid and residue. Ensure that your hair is completely rinsed before moving on to the next step.
- Shampoo, and Moisturize with a conditioner: Apply a rich, moisturizing conditioner from mid-length to ends. Leave it on for a few minutes to allow the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft and provide hydration.
- Detangle gently: Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to gently detangle your hair while it is still coated with conditioner. Start at the ends and work your way up to the roots, being careful not to pull or tug on your curls.
- Rinse with cool water: Rinse out the conditioner with cool water. This helps to seal the hair cuticle and lock in moisture, leaving your curls with added shine.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner: After rinsing, apply a leave-in conditioner to provide additional moisture and protection. Focus on the ends of your hair and any areas that tend to be drier or more damaged.
- Style as desired: Once your hair is properly moisturized, you can proceed with your regular styling routine. Whether you prefer to air-dry or use heat styling tools, make sure to use products that are suitable for curly hair and provide heat protection.
Note: Before using Glycolic Acid or any new product on your hair, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test and consult with a professional stylist if you have any concerns or specific hair conditions.
Here’s what to do after applying glycolic acid, according to your hair type:
- Healthy Coarse Thick Colored Hair: Just shampoo+conditioner+style (leave-in & gel)
- Damaged Colored/Bleached Hair: Deep Condition after shampoo to lock in moisture.
- Fine Hair/ Low Density Hair: Use strong shampoo+style with protein products!
These are suggestions based on my experienced working with different textures. You’ll still have to try and see what works better for you ❤️ Let me know if you do! Thank you for watching & reading.
Where to Buy Glycolic Acid
I purchased mine last year for my acne-prone skin. A holy grail for my skin, I couldn’t empty this giant bottle in so long! So pleased we can repurpose it for our hair now. Thanks to story responses from my Instagram fam, here is a quick list of places you can buy The Ordinary Glycolic Acid. (That’s what I use).
- Australia Myer/Adorbeauty/Priceline pharmacy
- Bahrain – Nasser Pharmacy
- Canada Sephora / Ordinary / well.ca
- Costa Rica ?
- Germany Douglas
- Greece – Look Fantastic /Sephora
- India – Amazon (affiliate link)
- Kuwait Boots
- New Zealand Farmers
- Pakistan DuBuy
- Qatar – Sephora
- Spain – Sephore
- Sweden – Apotek
- Singapore beauty bay
- Switzerland Jelmoli
- UAE Amazon/ Noon/ Cult beauty
- United States Deciem/ Sephora/ Ulta
- UK Boots
? If you have a trustworthy source for your country, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it here. Contact me!
Deciem Ordinary Glycolic Acid Alternatives
In case you can’t find the Ordinary Glycolic Acid anywhere in India. Please note, I have not tried these following products (yet). Studies recommend using 5-7% glycolic acid. So use your own discretion to consider these.
- Derma Co
- Different concentrations at local pharmacy
- Pixie Toner
Remember, consistency is key when it comes to caring for your curly hair after Glycolic Acid application. Follow these steps regularly to keep your curls looking healthy, bouncy, and well-nourished.
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