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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?
Seaweed: Calming Nourishment from the Sea
Seaweed: Calming Nourishment from the Sea
Seaweed because it appears in many different hair products. It is definitely something we curly tops should consider adding to our daily beauty regimens.
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
Humidity, Humectants and Hair
Humidity, Humectants and Hair
Humectants are used in skin and hair-care products to promote moisture retention.
The Regal Heaven Scent: Neroli and Orange Blossom Oil
The Regal Heaven Scent: Neroli and Orange Blossom Oil
We’ve been hearing a lot about orange blossom oil lately as an additive to hair-care products, and for good reason. This sweet and floral oil, better known as neroli, has been used for everything from revitalizing hair to promoting emotional balance.
Amodimethicone and other Amine-functionalized Silicones
Amodimethicone and other Amine-functionalized Silicones
It is evident that there exists a considerable amount of confusion in the curly community in regard to whether silicones are good for curly hair and compatible with shampoo free hair care routines.
Honoring the Quebradeiras de Coco: The Story of Babassu
Honoring the Quebradeiras de Coco: The Story of Babassu
Babassu is intimately tied to women, fair trade, tradition and community. Unlike shea butter, babassu has not yet become a household name. But with the benefits of babassu, there are many reasons to give it a try. Because of the health and prosperity it lends it is considered by many, a Tree of Life.
Just Peachy: Peach Leaf and Peach Kernel Oil for Healthy Skin and Hair
Just Peachy: Peach Leaf and Peach Kernel Oil for Healthy Skin and Hair
These days, peach is finding its way onto the ingredient list of cosmetics. Why, you may ask, would I want to lather up with a peach? In this article, we explore the wholesome qualities of peaches. By showing how to use peach tree parts as herbs, it will help explain why peaches are not only tasty but also an herb useful in healing, hair conditioning and skin treatments.
Fragrance Additives
Fragrance Additives
The ingredients listed are organic molecules used in hair-are products, cosmetics, cleaning products, candles, and perfumes as fragrance additives. They are all naturally occurring components of various essential oils found in the plant kingdom.
Curly Hair Product Spotlight: Innersense
Curly Hair Product Spotlight: Innersense
When Gregory Starkman and Judie Maginn decided to create an organic beauty company, they drew on more than 40 years of combined experience in the hair-care industry.
Balm Mint: The Healing Herb
Balm Mint: The Healing Herb
You may have only recently noticed balm mint as an ingredient in some of your upscale hair-care products, but it’s far from a new discovery. The herbal extract has been used for more than 2,000 years, mainly as a medicinal plant.
The Benefits of Tamanu
The Benefits of Tamanu
Tamanu oil has become a highly prized raw material, popping up in a variety of cosmetics and hair-care products because of its ability to regenerate, strengthen and protect.
What are Parabens?
What are Parabens?
A breakdown of parabens used in hair products and the controversy surrounding them.
Sourcing Ingredients From Afar
Sourcing Ingredients From Afar
In their quest to develop the most effective skin and haircare products, companies like Aveda and Ojon are traveling the globe, turning to indigenous cultures to find ancient tribal remedies. At the same time, these companies want the communities to be a part of their success -- a concept called benefit sharing.
All About Proteins
All About Proteins
The first step in selecting a gentle shampoo is to avoid those containing sodium or ammonium lauryl or laureth sulfate.
Rouquinne’s Makeup Missive: Mmmmm… chocolate!
Rouquinne’s Makeup Missive: Mmmmm… chocolate!
Pure, or almost pure, cocoa butter can be purchased at health food stores. It is inexpensive and soothing to very dry skin.
Honey Kisses for Body and Soul
Honey Kisses for Body and Soul
Our friends the bees produce many items useful for natural hair and body care products.
Preservatives in Personal Care Products
Preservatives in Personal Care Products
Preservatives frequently cause dermatological reactions and sensitizations in users of shampoos, cosmetics, and skin care products.
Glycerin: A Nearly Ubiquitous Ingredient
Glycerin: A Nearly Ubiquitous Ingredient
Just as fats (at least the good ones!) are important in a healthy diet, glycerin is a coveted ingredient when it comes to feeding our curls the moisture they crave.
What's the Scoop on Silicones?
What's the Scoop on Silicones?
Our CurlChemist gives you the true facts about silicones
The Beauty of Meadow Foam
The Beauty of Meadow Foam
Products containing meadow foam oil may also be just the ticket to simple, healthy, sexy-looking curly hair. To begin to understand why it is such an important oil for us, let’s explore the plant that yields the oil.
Dealing with Damage Done to Your Hair by…Water?
Dealing with Damage Done to Your Hair by…Water?
Since most of us encounter water with less-than-ideal components in it on a fairly regular basis, it is a great idea to have on hand a good clarifying shampoo with some EDTA, citric acid, or other acids and a deep conditioner.
Just Peachy!
Just Peachy!
Blue-eyed beauties should consider orange eye shadow in all hues from the most vibrant to palest peach. The daring could try the new NARS eye shadow duo Bohemian Gold (metallic taupe and iridescent copper), Hard Candy’s Lollipop shadow or MAC’s Mangomix Shadestick.
Size Matters: The Nanotech Explosion
Size Matters: The Nanotech Explosion
Nanotechnology is the latest trend in curly hair products
Dessert Products That Tempt Your Tresses!
Dessert Products That Tempt Your Tresses!
“With dessert-like hair care products, you can still get the same kind of personal sensation and satisfaction without having to eat the chocolate chip cookie, literally. And vanilla, from an aromatherapy perspective, is very calming and soothing.”
Monoi Tiare: The Tropical Elixir for Fabulous Hair and Skin
Monoi Tiare: The Tropical Elixir for Fabulous Hair and Skin
This article features Monoi Tiare (also called Monoi de Tahiti), the fabulous Tahitian oil featured in intoxicating soaps, shampoos, conditioners, oils and even styling pomades -- all designed to protect the hair and skin from the ravages of salt water, overexposure to sunlight and everyday dryness we curly tops are all too familiar with.