Polyquaternium 11?

I was shopping around today and found a conditioner spray that listed "Polyquaternium 11" as the third ingredient. I've heard of polyquats before, but I'm not really sure what they are or what they do. Will this cause buildup on my hair if I'm on a CG routine? Is it a "bad" ingredient I should be avoiding?
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I'm not really sure on this subject but all I know is that those can build up on some people's hair!


Sorry, it's pretty much all I know on the subject and I don't want to ramble on about something I know nothing about...
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I was shopping around today and found a conditioner spray that listed "Polyquaternium 11" as the third ingredient. I've heard of polyquats before, but I'm not really sure what they are or what they do. Will this cause buildup on my hair if I'm on a CG routine? Is it a "bad" ingredient I should be avoiding?
Originally Posted by weird_and_twisted
It shouldn't cause build up. It is a tpe of holding agent. It provide light fleixible hold. Polyquaternium 7 and 10 might because of how they are molecularly structured.

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~bakerlee/labelfinalbaker.pdf I found this info on Page 3.
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I was shopping around today and found a conditioner spray that listed "Polyquaternium 11" as the third ingredient. I've heard of polyquats before, but I'm not really sure what they are or what they do. Will this cause buildup on my hair if I'm on a CG routine? Is it a "bad" ingredient I should be avoiding?
Originally Posted by weird_and_twisted
"polyquaternium 11" is the name that scientists gave to chemical synthesis of vinylpyrrolidone and quaternized dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (or something like that).

The former is a binding agent used in tablets and glue and the latter actually a newer molecule specifically for hair styling. This molecule is also supposed to be "silicone grafted" and I know that silicones are hard to get out of your hair, however I'm not sure what silicone grafted means.

Anyway, when the two are combined they make a stable, gel-like substance that should be pretty harmless if not easy to remove
I usually don't have problems with other polyquats building up but I find that if I use a product with polyquat 11 high up on the list I do get builup. If I use a non-sulfate poo, my hair goes back to normal.
Every head is different so give it a try and see what happens.
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Afrosheenqueen, thanks for that link! Interesting stuff. It's amazing how much science goes into haircare.

I suppose I'd just have to try it for myself to be 100% sure about its buildup potential on my hair. Since I shampoo once a month anyway, I might give it a go.

Thanks for all your replies!
~Kristy

Weird and twisted, just like my hair
Type 2C/3A

Modified CG as of 06/24/07
Still experimenting!
Here is an article with some info on polyquats. Pardon the typo in the title, not my mistake, but one I couldn't fix once uploaded to the site. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=414
Thank you! So it is definitely not water-soluble, then. I'm going to save that article for reference.
~Kristy

Weird and twisted, just like my hair
Type 2C/3A

Modified CG as of 06/24/07
Still experimenting!

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