View Full Version : witch hazel in hair products?

April 17th, 2010, 02:45 AM
I want to try the aubrey organics primrose tangle go, but I noticed the the main ingredient is witch hazel. Won't this dry out my hair? I already know that I HATE the smell of the stuff, but if the witch hazel is going to dry my strands, then there is no point in using it. Thoughts?

April 17th, 2010, 02:48 AM
Uh, yeah. Last I checked it had a similar effect to slightly oily rubbing alcohol and for that reason works great on really bad acne. No point to put THAT on your head.

April 17th, 2010, 09:41 AM
I've wondered this too. I have noticed that it is in my Lavender WEN cleaning condish (which I love, by the way). Witch hazel is the 17th ingredient on the list. I have fine, color treated hair and this product does not dry it out...just the opposite. Maybe it's far enough down the list that it doesn't have too much??

But I know the smell isn't for everyone, and some don't like the lavender fragrance either. I like it, though. :)

Frying Pan Paul
April 17th, 2010, 05:11 PM
I thought witch hazel was added or distilled in alcohol. I am going to have to look into that and come back when I know.

April 17th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Witch hazel is a natural astringent, so yes, it can dry your hair out. It is probably being used in q conditioner in helping it dry more quickly and/or making the formula 'lighter' in feel. It's hard to say, but as long as it isn't a main ingredient (first five listed) the quantity is probably low enough to not have a negative effect on most hairtypes :)