Ingredient questions

Hey gals,

I know you all miss having those great articles from our curly chemist. Well, drumroll....., she's coming back! This time she'll write a column, answering your questions.

To get her started, please forward me questions you might have relating to ingredients in hair care products. Not so much botanical ingredients, though. We've got other freelancers for that.

Anyway, email me at gretchen@naturallycurly.com and we'll get them to her.
Gretchen
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Yay, that is great news!

I have a question.. I have been looking for a good shampoo lately and find it very hard to figure out from the ingredients list if a shampoo is harsh or not. A lot of the times the ingredients lists more or less look the same on a whole line of shampoos and the brand claim they are different. So is there really a way to know what a shampoo is like from the list or do I just have to try it out?
(I know that sulfates are harsher than coca. betain and so on, but two pretty similar looking shampoos can be different anyways it seems.)
Hope you understand my question.

ETA: misspelled "claim"

Hot about listing in order easiest to hardest to remove silicones, polyquats, etc., with what cleanser?

I'm thinking the repeat questions about such can be answered by an article. Especially if the person finds it on their own & thus doesn't have to post. Or if they don't look & do post, a link can be provided to something that would hopefully be archived. This may eliminate confusion brought on by one/more posters who think or hear one thing compared to the next poster.

Yeah....what Kurlee said.
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Good ideas, gals. Keep 'em coming!
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What about what's needing in a clarifying poo to know hard water/chlorine is removed--like an end of summer article? There's been a lot of debate on the board about this and whether ACV removes hard minerals from hair, and I'd love to know for sure (since I'm not 100%).
I would LOVE to see an article about curl-enhancing ingredients--what to look for, how they work, how they differ!
YAY! This news just makes my day! I love those ingredients articles!

I know there hasn't been a lot of research done on sunscreens in hair products, but I'm curious about how effective sunscreen ingredients in hair products are, whether or not they buildup (need shampoo to remove) and whether or not they are drying.

To echo laurabeth33....any help on dealing with hard water (what ingredients to look for, how to cope) would be extremely welcome.

And just because I'm greedy...I'd love to see a "no-poo primer" that focuses on specific, common ingredients that can build up and what's needed to remove them.

A huge THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK to the Ingredients Guru!!!
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Where will these articles be posted?
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Yay! I love reading chemistry articles about hair. This is great news! I'm not sure if there has already been an article on this but I would love to learn more about PH levels in hair care products. What ingredients in products raise/lower the PH and how do you know if your hair is at a healthy PH level.
I'm new, and I keep seeing stuff about how some hair loves protein and some hair doesn't. It might be very basic knowledge for those who have been around longer, but how about something about proteins? And how do you tell whether or not your hair likes them?

Also, maybe an article about the different categories of ingredients in products. Like what are the cleansers, the moisturizers, the proteins, etc.?

Thanks,
Laura
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Yay! I love reading chemistry articles about hair. This is great news! I'm not sure if there has already been an article on this but I would love to learn more about PH levels in hair care products. What ingredients in products raise/lower the PH and how do you know if your hair is at a healthy PH level.
Originally Posted by Iwantcurlyhair

There is one from April 2005:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=427

I'm new, and I keep seeing stuff about how some hair loves protein and some hair doesn't. It might be very basic knowledge for those who have been around longer, but how about something about proteins? And how do you tell whether or not your hair likes them?

Also, maybe an article about the different categories of ingredients in products. Like what are the cleansers, the moisturizers, the proteins, etc.?

Thanks,
Laura
Originally Posted by ljely
Proteins from August 2005: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=469

Common ingredients: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=326

(and there are more.. They might not answer all of your question though.)
:P (Not trying to com across like a know-it-all here. I just looked through the artikles really well a couple of weeks ago. )

Gretchen, what about having a link to these articles in the general forum? There are many newbies that doesn't know they are there kinda. It took me a while to find out they are there when I was new too.
Thanks for the links--I had not even noticed the articles section in Curl411. Duh--it's at the top of the list. Having them listed by topic might be nice, though, so each one would be easier to find.


Laura
Laura
a 3A, sometimes more like 2A, living in hot and humid Mississippi
Thanks for the links--I had not even noticed the articles section in Curl411. Duh--it's at the top of the list. Having them listed by topic might be nice, though, so each one would be easier to find.


Laura
Originally Posted by ljely

I agree. The ingredients ones are mixed in with a bunch of others kinda. You have to know they are there and go through them all to find what you are looking for.
Sorry for guano-ing the thread here. :P
Echo on the hard water fighting ingredients

I find starches in many of my favorite curl products. Would love to know what role they play.

Good natural ingredients to look for instead of cones, that can make your hair look good like cones (smooth, shiny, no frizz--like that) but don't dry it out or build up.
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Yay! I love reading chemistry articles about hair. This is great news! I'm not sure if there has already been an article on this but I would love to learn more about PH levels in hair care products. What ingredients in products raise/lower the PH and how do you know if your hair is at a healthy PH level.
Originally Posted by Iwantcurlyhair

There is one from April 2005:
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlco...les.php?id=427
Originally Posted by Kurlee
Thanks so much for the link.
I 2nd the requests for info on the nature of different 'cones & what kind of cleanser is required to remove each, and on the different types of proteins and the differences between wheat, silk, etc: which build up & cause stiffness, which are easily absorbed. And some examples of products containing the different types.
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Not sure if this fits here but I am wondering if a shampoo really can be moisturizing for the hair? Some claim they are.

And I would like to know about Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Is it harsh? If I am not misstaken it is one of the cleansers in Curl Junkies shampoos and I have found another shampoo that has it that I like. Haven't been able to find much info about it online though.

Good natural ingredients to look for instead of cones, that can make your hair look good like cones (smooth, shiny, no frizz--like that) but don't dry it out or build up.
Originally Posted by Karenmc3
I second that one. Oh and if you could... can you make the articles easy to understand for dummies like me who don't really understand all that sciency lanuage. (Although I do LOVE science!)
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