Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) is a key CurlyEllie Ingredient used in our Shampoo, Detangling Spray and Rinse-out Conditioner. Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and is thus a provitamin of B5. It is sometimes referred to as Panthenol, Pro-Vitamin B5 or Vitamin B5.
Panthenol is naturally-occurring and provides very many benefits to your curly hair. We really love Panthenol because Panthenol helps to detangle, shine and moisturise your curls. It also great at helping the hair retain moisture.
Panthenol is a humectant (keeps things moist by attracting and retaining moisture from the air), emollient and moisturiser (keeps layers soft and more pliable by increasing hydration due to reducing evaporation or loss of water). Panthenol offers us these wonderful benefits without creating oiliness or greasiness on the hair.
Pro Vitamin B5 or D-Panthenol has been used for years in hair care products because it functions as a Humectant that increases the water content of hair and improves its elasticity.
Pro Vitamin B5 key benefits:
- Panthenol binds the hair follicles and coats and seals in moisture which is great for dry hair or to prevent dry hair and scalp.
- It builds a very thin layer of moisture along the surface of the hair to add shine, softness and pliability without added oils or greasiness.
- Some studies have also shown that it swells the hair shaft giving more volume to your hair.