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Old 08-13-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
 
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I saw somewhere (either here or on MUA) a list of ingredients that were "no-no's" for curlies. One of them was castor oil. When I saw that I thought I had remembered something in my "arsenal" having castor oil in the ingredient list so I went and checked - Deva No Poo and Angell....

So is that true about castor oil? I used a clarifying poo tonight to "start over" and left angell and lo poo out (but still used oneC) just to be safe.

I also have VERY fine hair so even if it's CG friendly, maybe it's not fine hair friendly?

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Recently I discovered that the gel I've been using with much success, LA Looks Wet, has castor oil in it. Perhaps that's what's supposed to be giving the "wet" look. Anyway, I haven't noticed anything bad, but then again I use so little of the stuff (maybe a nickel-sized blob?) that perhaps I don't notice it. I'd love to know as well.

Just glanced at the wikipedia entry, which mentioned that castor oil is a vegetable oil, and it's often used instead of a petroleum-based oil. So maybe it's not so bad after all. But I'm no chemist. : )
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:42 AM   #3
 
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if it's hydrogenated / peg/ppg then its ok but just plain castor oil isn't good.
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I hear a lot about castor oil on another forum I visit and most of them say it works well for their hair (most are type 3 and 4). So I guess you just have to try and see how it works for you.
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:40 PM   #5
 
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i use castor oil on my ends. haven't noticed any problems. what's bad about it?
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i use castor oil on my ends. haven't noticed any problems. what's bad about it?
Not water soluable...so it's a problem if you don't shampoo.
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well the Deva stuff is hydrogenated, so I am assuming that means it's water soluble (wouldn't make sense for a deva product to have something non-water soluble, right?)

I think the "bad" is that it makes it non-CG and the list I was looking at was for products in that category. It's not "bad" in a general sense

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thanks spiderlashes5000. i only wash once a week with CON, i haven't noticed anything bad though. i tried mixing it with my leave-in, and me no likey, felt really weird going on. aren't most oils water insoluble?
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I *think* the "hydrogenated" or "PEG" etc before the oil in the product means it's been put through a process that makes it water soluble. I would guess that in their normal states, yes, oils are not water soluble.

(but I'm just an amateur here!)
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I *think* the "hydrogenated" or "PEG" etc before the oil in the product means it's been put through a process that makes it water soluble. I would guess that in their normal states, yes, oils are not water soluble.

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right. The higher the PEG number, the more water soluable it is.
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thanks spiderlashes5000. i only wash once a week with CON, i haven't noticed anything bad though. i tried mixing it with my leave-in, and me no likey, felt really weird going on. aren't most oils water insoluble?
Some are soluable. But i believe castor is almost insoluable in water and can be dispersable in water when paired w/ other chemicals.
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The way I like using castor oil the most right now is to rub a drop on my palms and scrunch gently into my wet, styled hair over gel. Keeps my ends moisturized into the next day without any greasiness.
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I just re-checked my ingredients list, and it's PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil. No wonder I haven't had any problems.
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