Ingredient Check: Nonoxynol-9

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So I'm loving this new gel so far *knock on wood*...with my luck it will give me a rash or really bad build up .

It's the Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze. I picked mine up at Rite Aid for $3 something. I think it's only sold there and online. I was was searching the ingredients I noticed it has this:

Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Nonoxynol-9, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ext. D&C Violet #2 (CI #60730)

It's listed as a surfectant. Now this is where you all pat me on the head and tell me that it's not going to dry my hair out where it is and stop being cray cray. TIA.

What I really like about this gel is that your hair is together, but it's not crunchy. It's like invisible gel. It also doesn't dull your hair. You also get 20oz. I don't even think Ecostyler can beat that. (This gel is protein free so I'm not trying to make any comparisons! I've never tried Ecostyler.)
What I hate about it is that it smells like dish soap. I mean, what genius have they hired to run the fragrance department? Luckily, while it's noticeable sniffing it in the bottle, it completely fades on your hair...that could've been a deal breaker for me.

I honestly haven't liked anything this much since CIAB. I feel like I'm on this quest to achieve the CIAB look without the CIAB polyquat build up. I really hope this works in the long run. Looking isn't fun anymore...if it ever was.

Oh if you're wondering about the Free & Clear Gel, it was a total fail. If I used enough to get good clumps and frizz control, it was incredibly incredibly crunchy (though I did get a hair someone who obviously did not touch my hair). If I used less it wasn't crunchy, but it was also pointless as I had frizz and poor clumping. It was probably actually worse than conditioner only, because I spent all that extra time touching my hair. Oh and it doesn't play well with leave-ins...more time spent smoothing out lumps. On the upside it didn't dry my hair out or irritate my skin.

Last edited by Jessiebanana; 07-04-2013 at 03:12 PM.
I've never heard of it outside of birth control products so I can't help you, sorry

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Haha, yeah apparently your new hair gel may double as a contraceptive
(JK, please don't try that! )

Seriously though I found this blurb on Wikipedia: Nonoxynol-9 is sometimes included in shaving creams for its properties as a nonionic surfactant; it helps break down skin oils that normally protect hair from moisture, so that they become wet and, hence, softer and easier to shave. Gillette formerly used nonoxynol-9 for this purpose in its Foamy products, but has discontinued the practice.

At first reading it sounded scary but actually it seems to mean that it would help moisturize the hair. Sounds good to me.
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Woohoo cheap birth control! Too bad I'm a total lesbo .

I saw that blurb too...I thought it might be a good thing for my low porosity hair, but I was also thinking it could be bad for my natural oils that I already produce little of.

My guess is the quantity is so little it probably isn't a big deal either way and that I'm over thinking it.
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Last edited by Jessiebanana; 07-02-2013 at 07:44 PM.

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