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Trends; Ingredients for Ethnic Hair Care

Posted: February 12, 2010

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At the same salons, a variety of products are used to prepare and style ethnic hair, with consumer preferences running to conditioning and wrap products to provide quick drying without dulling the hair with residual film. In addition, hair cream and pomade products are used to smooth hair cuticles and add shine, and must be light-weight and non-greasy to allow use on various hair textures. Sprays are used to prepare the hair for styling as well as finishing. Thermal sprays must deliver protection as well as hold to hair, and finishing sprays need to control split ends and frizz while providing a weightless hold.

Four prototype products in the new ethnic hair care kit from AkzoNobel address all these styling and finishing requirements, including:

  • Conditioning foam wrap containing Celquat L-200 styling and conditioning polymer. It can be used as a styling mousse when drying with a blow dryer or as a wrap product for more intense styling and longer hold.
  • Wax pomade containing Flexan II polymer for styling/thermal protection and DynamX polymer for style memory and film formation. Flexan II forms strong, flexible films that contract upon drying, wrapping the hair in polymer film. In addition, removes build-up and also dissipates static and reduces frizz. DynamX is a flexible polymer film that provides durable, long-lasting hold, high gloss, style memory, curl definition, and anti-frizz properties. 
  • Low-VOC thermal spritz containing Flexan II polymer for styling and thermal protection. 
  • Humidity-resistant mist containing Amphomer LV-71 styling polymer for spray applications. An excellent film former, it provides exceptional stiffness and high-humidity curl retention. It is also compatible with different propellants.