Curl chemist topic ideas

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Hi everyone. The community here has grown and changed so much in the past few years, and there are so many new faces that I feel I should re-introduce myself.

I am a curly-haired polymer scientist and cosmetic chemist who has been involved in the curly hair world for over 12 years. I write educational articles on the chemistry of the ingredients in products, the structure and science of hair, and the nitty gritty of how handling and the environment affect hair. I also enjoy examining new products and determining whether the ingredients list can match up to marketing claims.

I have enjoyed working with readers and community members throughout the years, and am back to seek your input once more. If you have questions about hair, ingredients, processes, or anything related to the science of hair and hair care products and you would like to see them explored in greater detail in an article, I would love to hear from you. Even if I have written articles on a topic previously, there may be new material we could cover.

Please post your thoughts in this thread or send a private message, as you prefer.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from many of you.
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I would love to see new/updated articles on various silicones and their properties, including what ingredients need to be used for cleansing to prevent buildup.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Along the lines of Corrina's request, I'd like to see some topics on curly girl approved products that may not come out well with cowashing or low pooing. An example would be polyquats. There seems to be debate between articles that I have read about their water solubility, and/or what cleanser is needed to get them out.

Buildup in general is an interest of mine, because it has so many factors. How to identify it, what ingredients cause it, how to remove it.....
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I would be interested in articles on product ingredients and attributes which are beneficial vs detrimental for different porosities.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008


I'd also be interested in more articles about silicones. Now with CG I get the general sense that all/most of them are bad or off-limits, with the exception of water-soluble ones, "evaporating ones" and the not-as-bad self-repelling amodimethicone. Lately I've been interested in re-incorporating some cones in my routine since I low-poo regularly anyway (with c.betaine), but I have very little knowledge of the different ones and how they behave or what I should watch out for. For me I'm finding waxes are far worse for my hair then the few times I've used cones in the last year. I'm also curious if a cleansing conditioner with c. betaine (such as CJ Daily Fix) can remove silicones and which ones. At what concentration does the c. betaine need to be in to effectively remove the cone? Thanks!
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots/normal po. shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash, CeraVe Foaming
[/B]Cowash: Cure Care + water
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
+1 on more info on polyquats, how to remove them, their place in list of ingredients, formulation with other ingredients....

+1 on ingredients and how they are beneficial to certain porosities, textures.

-- why does my hair not like glycerin in low dews in some products, but loves it in others?? (ie, hates it in cj aloe fix gel in low dews, loves it in cj honey butta leave in in low dews).
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
I'd like to see info about the problem of using anionic shampoos (including "low poos") and cationic conditioners together, such as is touched upon here: Science-y Hair Blog: Cationic Compounds in Cosmetics
I would be interested in an article addressing the particular needs of fine hair. For instance, ingredients which don't make my hair lie down and go flat, or make it even softer than it already is. I realize that protein helps, but would like to know what else would be beneficial, and what I should be avoiding.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
Second this request for more info about fine hair curls.

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~2C/3A~ Density-High Porosity-High Texture-Medium Climate-HIGH humidity Water-Hard well
Low-poo: Nature's Gate Tea-Tree Cond: Suave Naturals, Organic Coconut Oil Leave-in: KCKT Styling: KCSS, KCCC, Dr. Bronner's Organic Hair Creme
Hi I would love to hear more about some of the lesser know surfactants ability to deal with silicones, cationic polymers (ex: polyquats and guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride), and cationic surfactants (ex: cetrimonium chloride) . I've tried to do some research but everything I read seems to be contradicting everything else.

For example:

Sodium lauroyl glutamate
Decyl glucoside
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Disodium (laureth) sulfosuccinate
Sodium Cocoamphopropionate
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (this one makes me curious because its one of the primary surfactants in the DermOrganic shampoo (there's no sulfates or cocobetaine or anything that is said to remove silicones) but other products in their line do contain silicones. I would love to know if this could remove them and prevent build up.

Sorry if this is a little wordy. Thanks so much
Another article I'd like to see is an explanation of what constitutes a heat protectant, and how they work.
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Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 11-23-2013 at 10:10 AM. Reason: grammar
I'd like to see an article about dealing with curly hair that is colored with regular store bought dye, like L'oreal Preference.

Also some articles on protein, particularly if you have coarse hair. Is protein ever a choice for that hair type?

Also, articles on aloe and glycerin would be interesting.

Thank you for asking us about this!
2/c and some 3A.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
There are already seven curl chemist articles on silicones. Pretty sure glycerin and/ or aloe have been covered too - Google is better that the NC search function.

I'd also like an article on commercially coloured/ damaged hair, perhaps touching on ceramides, 18-MEA, hydrolysed proteins, coconut oil, panthenol (aware there are already standalone articles on several of these). And an article on build up issues (butters, polyquats, waxes including cetyl esters, proteins) as this is not adequately covered by Curly Girl.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
And an article on build up issues (butters, polyquats, waxes including cetyl esters, proteins) as this is not adequately covered by Curly Girl.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
There are already seven curl chemist articles on silicones. Pretty sure glycerin and/ or aloe have been covered too - Google is better that the NC search function.

I'd also like an article on commercially coloured/ damaged hair, perhaps touching on ceramides, 18-MEA, hydrolysed proteins, coconut oil, panthenol (aware there are already standalone articles on several of these). And an article on build up issues (butters, polyquats, waxes including cetyl esters, proteins) as this is not adequately covered by Curly Girl.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Hi everyone. The community here has grown and changed so much in the past few years, and there are so many new faces that I feel I should re-introduce myself.

I am a curly-haired polymer scientist and cosmetic chemist who has been involved in the curly hair world for over 12 years. I write educational articles on the chemistry of the ingredients in products, the structure and science of hair, and the nitty gritty of how handling and the environment affect hair. I also enjoy examining new products and determining whether the ingredients list can match up to marketing claims.

I have enjoyed working with readers and community members throughout the years, and am back to seek your input once more. If you have questions about hair, ingredients, processes, or anything related to the science of hair and hair care products and you would like to see them explored in greater detail in an article, I would love to hear from you. Even if I have written articles on a topic previously, there may be new material we could cover.

Please post your thoughts in this thread or send a private message, as you prefer.

Thank you! I look forward to hearing from many of you.
Originally Posted by Swirlycurly Chemist
Hmm, Swirlycurly Chemist said "Even if I have written articles on a topic previously, there may be new material we could cover." So, what that tells me is it doesn't matter that there is "already seven curl chemist articles on silicones." Another article on silicones would be lovely, as well as the other topics already mentioned.
You guys have given me so much to work with. Thank you! I think polyquats will be the focus of the next article, with attention paid particularly to the concerns about build up and/or removal.

I wish we could do one per week, to get to all of the questions in a timely fashion.


Poke me, or e-mail me any time at: curl chemist at gmail dot com (no spaces)
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3A canopy with 3B underneath
Low poo, not afraid of amine-based silicones or polyquats, silk proteins are good as well.

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