I'm developing a defining gel for curly hair (formula below) and having a little trouble getting what I want (appearance/stickiness). The result has been a real disaster!
- 1. *Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer -> 1%
- 2. Dissodium EDTA -> 0.1%
- 4. PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil -> 4%
- 4. Preservative (blend) -> 1%
*"Carbopol Ultrez 20"
1. Sprinkle "Carbopol Ultrez 20" over the water while stirring constantly at 300 RPM. Neutralize the system with "AMP Ultra PC 2000" (Aminometilpropanol).
2. Add the ingredients to the previous phase under the same constant stirring.
3. Add the ingredient to the previous phase under the same constant stirring (little by little).
4. Mix the ingredients to solubilize them in the PEG-40 and add to the system under the same constant stirring.
My problem here is that's the first time the "VP/VA" lumped into a weird, plastic-like mass and didn't incorporate into the water. I hadn't neutralized the system after adding "Carbopol Ultrez 20" in this attempt, so I started doing it, however... it didn't work, it was too thick for the benchmarking gel I'm trying to achieve (which is MUCH more fluid).
I don't have a picture with me, but imagine one of those super-fixing clear gels for men's hair that you can find on the shelves. That's more or less what I got on the last try.
I thought about lowering "Carbopol Ultrez 20" to 0.5%, but beyond that I never worked with "VP/VA". Are there any handling secrets with it? Do I need to heat, hydrate, neutralize, anything like that?
Thank you in advance, as always, for your attention and availability (: