Waxes are actually very similar to butters but the slight difference in their structure makes waxs extremely water-hating (hydrophobic). Many waxes occur naturally in the environment:
Clearly then in a hair product wax can be used to seal hair better and prevent moisture loss to the environment. This is why I use a little wax in some of my DIY Hair Products especially hair butters.
Note that some waxes are synthetically made and others naturally occur in the environment. Natural waxes include beeswax, jojoba wax, hemp wax etc.
Waxes are derived from:
I use jojoba wax and hemp wax in my DIY Hair Butters and not beeswax because I find beeswax a little hard to work with. The beeswax I have begins to solidify so quickly that you end up having a hair butter with tiny bits of solid beeswax here and there. Not good.
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Ref: infoplease.com (waxes), wikipedia (wax), swiftcraftmonkey (waxes)
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