Help me understand hair care chemistry
August 17, 2010 4:42 PM Subscribe
Help me understand hair care chemistry. When I look at the list of ingredients on bottles of conditioner, what ingredients should I avoid. I can't stand the 'waxy' feeling I get from some conditioners. My old favorite standby conditioner changed formulas recently and it now has the dreaded waxy ickiness. NOT looking for specific product recommendations, only for ingredients
to avoid or possibly ingredients to look for.
posted by marsha56 to Science & Nature (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I can't afford the expensive stuff, so I have always bought drugstore conditioner and once I find one that has the desired silky smooth clean feeling I like, I stick to it like glue. However, my old favorite, Suave Professionals Volumizing Conditioner, which I've used for years, has changed their formula and now has that awful 'waxy' feel to it.
Here's a list of ingredients that are in the hated New Formula (and that are NOT in the old much-loved formula):
Do any of you chemists have any idea which of these ingredients could be causing the 'waxy' feeling? What ingredient(s) or class of ingredients should I avoid when checking out bottles of conditioners at the drugstore?
I don't know if it's relevant, but I've also included:
A list of ingredients that are in the OLD formula that are NOT in the New formula:
Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
And here's a list of ingredients that are in both formulas:
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Silk Amino Acids
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Thanks for your help!