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Old 09-24-2006, 09:59 AM   #41
 
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I'd like to know what parabens are and what they do to hair and skin.
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I'd like to know what parabens are and what they do to hair and skin.
Parabens are preservatives. Some people are allergic to them, while others avoid them because they *might* be carcinogenic.
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It would be interesting to know some more about polyquarts too.
AS far as I can remember there isn't an article about those already.
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Maybe something about sun blockers in hair products could be interesting too..?
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Old 10-04-2006, 07:43 AM   #45
 
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Love-LOVED the September article on clarifying!

Could there be an article about the purpose of silicones in shampoos? I've noticed a lot of P&G poos have dimethicone (right after the surfactants) and Unilever poos have dimethiconol and/or amodimethicone.

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:15 AM   #46
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I also loved the clarifying article, but I would dearly love to have a list of clarifying shampoos (not necessarily all inclusive, but some examples) that would really get the gunk out. I checked all of my shampoos, and none had EDTA high on the list, or had "simple" ingredient lists.
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Love-LOVED the September article on clarifying!
Can anyone point me to this article? I can't find it. :P
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:53 PM   #48
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It's toward the bottom of the homepage under the CurlChemist articles.
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It's toward the bottom of the homepage under the CurlChemist articles.
Found it! Thanks!

ETA:Loved the article!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Now does anyone have a good suggestion on a shampoo?? with a short ingredient list??
Also great to see that ACV rinses actually wok even though maybe not as effective as a shampoo(?).)
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I'd like to know what parabens are and what they do to hair and skin.
Parabens are preservatives. Some people are allergic to them, while others avoid them because they *might* be carcinogenic.
I see. Why are there so many different kinds in the same product?
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:17 AM   #51
 
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Never mind!
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:19 AM   #52
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The October article is the one on clarifying.
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:47 PM   #53
 
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I would like to find out a bit more about petrolatum (sp?)....and how good/bad it is for the hair. I know it's used in many of the CHS products and I don't use them because of that ingredient but I don't know for sure if that ingredient is really bad or if it may come in different forms, etc.
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Default Non-cone shampoos, and conditioners.

I read on the Hairboutique website, that Nature's Gate shampoos and conditioners are non-cone.
http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buye...819&doSearch=n
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:54 AM   #55
 
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hockeymomof3:

Petrolatum a.k.a. petrolleum jelly is an abundant and cheap grease derived from petroleum. It doesn't penetrate the skin so it's used in cosmetics and hair products mainly to prevent moisture loss because it forms a barrier sort of like plastic wrap. In the past it was very popular and it has some effect to help extreme cases of dryness but in the long run it can suffocate the skin. On the hair it attracts dirt and unless it's present in a product in very small amounts it's very difficult to remove.

Mineral oil is the "slim" cousin of petrolatum. Because it's liquid and clear it has more wide applications, it's the main ingredient in baby oil and, besides water, of most drugstore brands of body lotions and while it gives temporary softness it creates a vicious circle of dryness where you have to apply more and more lotion all the time. In small amounts in hair products it gives hair shine and unlike p. washes off a lot easier so occasional use won't hurt. However, continued use has a color-fading effect both on natural and artificial pigment in the hair.

With so many excellent vegetable oils that can actually moisturize and nourish, I don't see good reason for anyone to take any chances with these two, especially on the skin
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Hockeymomof3- Not to be silly here, but I am assuming that those ingredients are in Nature's Gate? If so, I am not using Nature's Gate today for my co-wash. I think I will use my Suave. My hair felt great when I used that. Thanks for the info, good stuff. The more we learn the better we will feel and have better hair for it.
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No, Nature's Gate doesn't use petrolatum or m.o., I think that was an unrelated question because she asked that before you posted about NG.
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Halfwavy-Oh I see. I went back a few posts, it was unrelated. I just thought because we were talking about NG that it was in that. I am relieved. I did not think it had those things, but glad to know it is safe I really love it. My hair is looking great.

I got one of my first real serious compliments on my hair lastnight at a party from a lady, and it was real nice to hear. Yippee.
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Nature's Gate's COs were among the favorites of health-conscious curlies a couple of years ago, I'm very glad they haven't changed the basic ones because after I finish one of my current COs I think I would like to try one of theirs. Yesterday I was at a health food store and sniffed I think 3 different types and they all smelled good to me. It was all I could do to not walk out of there with one! Which one are you using? I bet it felt really great to get a compliment at a party, congratulations!
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I am using the Herbal Conditioner. It smells yummy. It has spices like cloves in it. I think too much for some people but I like the way it smells. I know what you mean, I have all I can do to not buy co conditioners now, LOL. I AM posessed. LOL I have about 25 bottles of V05, Suave, and NG. I think I will be ok for ahwile. I stocked up at Big Lots. The only one I do not have is Suave Coconut. Take care.

It did feel great to get a compliment.
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