Tonya McKay Becker

Mineral Oil vs. Coconut Oil--Which Is Better?
Mineral Oil vs. Coconut Oil--Which Is Better?
Both of these ingredients are common in curly products, but which is better? Cosmetic chemist Tonya McKay explains.
The Secret Science of Hair Gel, Revealed
The Secret Science of Hair Gel, Revealed
A gel is a colloidal dispersion of particles (ranging from nanometers to micrometers in size) in a liquid medium that form a jelly-like mass.
The Science of Aloe Vera Gel
The Science of Aloe Vera Gel
It benefits a number of things to hair, like improved detangling, dandruff soothing, and restored pH levels to the scalp to name a few. Do you use aloe vera gel?
Alcohols and Your Hair, What You Should Know
Alcohols and Your Hair, What You Should Know
Some alcohols can cause dry, frizzy hair while others can act to condition your hair!
Polyquaternium-59: Sun Protection for Your Curls
Polyquaternium-59: Sun Protection for Your Curls
The science of this popular ingredient commonly found in sun-protective hair products.
Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Protect Your Hair from the Sun
All know the dangers of sunlight to our skin, and most of us take plenty of precautions to protect ourselves from those harmful UV rays when engaged in these types of outdoor activities, but what do we do to protect our hair?
The Truth About Avocado and Wheat Germ Oil
The Truth About Avocado and Wheat Germ Oil
Avocado and wheat germ oil are great for your hair, but not necessarily great sources of protein
The Ingredient with All the Slip, Zero Buildup
The Ingredient with All the Slip, Zero Buildup
Is it a polyquat or silicone, and is it prone to buildup? Is it water soluble?