Tonya McKay Becker

I thought Guar was a Heavy Metal Band?
I thought Guar was a Heavy Metal Band?
Curly Chemist takes a closer look at guar and its derivatives, which are used in many shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.
Silicone or Not? What's in a Name?
Silicone or Not? What's in a Name?
CurlChemist looks at the different kinds of silicones and what exactly they do.
New Super-Hold Polymers
New Super-Hold Polymers
New polymers provide shine, resist humidity, resist flaking and provide a nice feel without stickiness or crunch.
Castor Oil and Its Derivatives
Castor Oil and Its Derivatives
Castor oil is known for its excellent emollient and lubricant properties, as well as for its film-forming capabilities that make it useful in skin creams and in some hair styling products.
Learning About Lanolin
Learning About Lanolin
Lanolin has been used as an emollient in hand and body creams and hair products for many centuries.
What is Cetrimonium Chloride?
What is Cetrimonium Chloride?
Is cetrimonium chloride a silicone? If not, what is it and what is its purpose in my hair-care product? When this ingredient appears on a label with amodimethicone and trideceth-12, does this mean the amodimethicone is now water soluble?
Cyclomethicones: A Different Category of Silicones
Cyclomethicones: A Different Category of Silicones
Cyclomethicones are also favored by formulators because they spread easily on the hair and skin
What are Humectants?
What are Humectants?
The most frequently used humectants are diols and triols – compounds which contain two or three hydroxyl groups (-OH) that attract water molecules through hydrogen bonding