Creating hair care products: What do we want our products to do?

I realized I wanted to share more with you about hair and potential damage and such in this series about my new favourite conditioner from the other day. I’ll share my post on my new favourite ingredient, keratin hydrolysate silox tomorrow as I wanted to share a few formulas I found from various manufacturers using…...

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Correction: Some oils can penetrate your hair!

In the post on hygral fatigue and coconut oil, I stated that oils can’t penetrate our hair shaft. I was wrong! Some oils can penetrate our hair shaft – it’s all about the size and type of molecules in the oil. When I was thinking about oils penetrating the hair shaft, for some reason I thought…...

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Why our hair turns gray!

I’m writing this post a little later than I expected, but did you know they’ve figured out why our hair turns gray? (Following up from this post!) “Going gray is caused by a massive build up of hydrogen peroxide due to wear and tear of our hair follicles. The hydrogen peroxide ends up blocking the normal…...

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Hygral fatigue and coconut oil (heavily edited)

Someone mentioned the concept of hygral fatigue in a comment the other day, and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned! It’s a term used to describe the constant swelling and contracting of the hair shaft by water caused washing too frequently (or possibly absorbing water from the atmosphere). Point of interest: I’ve amended this…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Increasing the moisturizing power of a conditioner and frizzy vs. curly hair

INCREASING THE MOISTURIZING POWER OF CONDITIONERIn this post on basic conditioner recipes, Kate asks: I’ve been making your Basic Rinse Off Conditioner (Daily version with 4% BTMS-50, 2% Cetyl and 92.5% Water) for two months now and i like it! But I would like to know: what’s your opinion about adding 5% oil and reduce water…...

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Question: Is frizzy hair always dry hair?

In this post on making conditioner for newbie Tuesday, Rosi asks: Humectant is not good for frizzy hair, but is good for dry hair. Is there a difference? To me frizziness and dryness walk hand in hand, so how do I know and if I have both, use or not use humectant. Sorry I don’t…...

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Question: Is there any science to using a vinegar rinse on your hair?

Anonymous asks in this post: I was wondering if there might be any science to back up using a vinegar rinse? I agree that using baking soda to wash hair is a terrible idea, but I have found a vinegar rinse (after shampooing, before conditioning) invaluable. My hair is much smoother and more manageable. I…...

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Why is everyone so concerned about build up of products on hair?

It seems that every hair based community I visit and all the blogs touting the no shampoo, baking soda, or conditioner washing programs talk about avoiding build up…but what exactly is build up? Some of this is originally from this post on build up from May 22, 2010…Build-up doesn’t have a specific definition, but it’s understood to…...

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Some interesting things I found relating to African hair types…

I don’t know much about this topic, and I was asked a question that required more research, so I thought I’d share with you some research I found on African hair types. Thanks to Isis/Diana for asking me about the research materials I used in the post on African hair! I’ve altered the post to…...

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An aside: Oily roots, dry ends

Take a look at your local drug store’s shampoo aisle and try to find something just for oily hair. You can’t. It’s all for oily roots, dry ends. And this actually makes some kind of sense. If you have longish hair, your ends will be less healthy than the roots because they have been subjected…...

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