Calling all Chemists - Hydrocellulose?

Like so many of us, I've tried numerous products for my fine, medium density, and naturally porous hair. Numerous ingredients work well, but the one ingredient (besides protein) that always works wonders on my hair is hydrocellulose. If I see that ingredient listed in the top five of any formulation, it's almost sure to be a winner (I've yet to find any product with it that didn't work well).

I'm very curious as to what the purpose of this ingredient is? What is the chemical reaction when put on hair? I tried Googling it, but couldn't find much of anything as to its role in hair products.

Inquiring mind would like to know...
It's a polymer derived from plant fibers that adds some hold and it's also a thickener. Cosmetic companies like these, especially hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC), because it forms a clear gel and dissolves completely in water for a consistent formulation.
Smorgasbord of finer, porous 2a-3a; straight underlayer

humectants outside of optimal dews, PVP, oils/butters, anything remotely comedogenic

poos: Giovanni TTT, WF365FF, Suave Clarifying
condishes: VO5 VMT, KLS; IonEC
stylers: FSG, 4NSBCC, VolumaxMega, AIF, GFPC

Mod CG since 11/2012. My waves occasionally look best when combed out, so you can pry my combs from my cold, dead hands
Thank you! It definitely is good stuff for frog-hair fine hair.
Just curious, what specific products have you found with this ingredient that you especially liked? **shhhhh, shhhh, calm down product junkie**
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Medium/high porosity; color treated; medium density; medium; 2c/3a; chin length.
Daily co-wash, Conditioner, & Leave-In = Aubrey Organics GBP conditioner; Curl Junkie BeautiCurls Argan & Olive Oil Conditioner; CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
Styling, CJ Coffee-Coco Curl Creme Lite & CJ Curl Queen
Spiral solutions curl enhancing jelly has it as one of the first ingredients I believe. I like this ingredient too.

Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP), AO Natural Missst super hold hairspray (used as gel)
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
IA Girl's PT

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