02-22-2012, 06:55 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
I need a chemistry lesson on Understanding Low-Poos!
I think I know some ingredients that work as cleansing agents in No-Poos: Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, ...any others?
But I'm confused about Low-Poo/Sulfate-free poos. I've been using a natural shampoo, called Queen Helene Mint Julep Shampoo, as a clarifier, and I love the way it makes my hair feel. I've seen it identified as a Low-Poo. I like it so much, I think I'd like to use this more than once a month. It detangles my hair and makes it feel strong and clean, but not squeaky and dry. It lathers, which I think is because it contains Cocamide DEA, but I cannot figure out what ingredient(s) serve as the surfectant/cleanser. Can Cocamide DEA clean off coconut oil, etc? Also, this shampoo claims to contain protein, but which ingredient is the protein? I'm trying to learn about what works best for my hair so I can find the ingredients in other products. This Mint Julep shampoo is amazing, but I don't understand it...
I know that many, many "natural" shampoos have Cocamide DEA, but they all seem to have many other ingredients as well. Mint Julep has only a few ingredients, and I think 4 of them are dyes and fragrance. How does this stuff work?
Queen Helene Mint Julep Shampoo with ProteinWater, Cocamide DEA (surfectant/foaming agent), Propylene Glycol (solvent/emulsifier), Fragrance, Chlorophyllin (water soluble copper salt/deodorant) ,D&C Yellow #10 & D&C Green #5
NOTE: I copied the ingredients directly from my bottle. The info. in the parentheses is mine, and may be incorrect or incomplete, so don't rely on it at all. Is it possible that the bottle has an incomplete ingredients list? (shame shame). Where is the protein? I thought Propylene Glycol breaks down protein?
Thanks so much for any and all help!
3b, Coarse, Low Porosity, Desert Climate
Cleanse: Hair One with Argan Oil, As I Am Co-Wash, KC Come Clean
Rinse-out: KCKT, Cure Care Conditioner
Leave-in: As I Am Leave In, Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls Lotion, KCKT
Style/Hold:Ouidad Climate Control Gel, KCCC,
4 Naturals Spring Back Custard,
Refresh: Shea Moisture Daily Moisture Mist