Silica Silylate substite for Hair Styling Powder

Hello all,

I'm trying to replicate the Moisturizing Hair Styling powder formulation on ULProspector, containing:
  • 2% VP/VA Copolymer
  • 6% Water
  • 12% Silica Silylate (Aerosil R812S)
  • 80% Glycerin
  • Preservative
I had some trouble sourcing Aerosil, and tried to substitute it with Silica Dimethyl Silylate.

Using a kitchen mixer (all I have available) I ended up with a goop, not a powder.

My question is... do you think a proper dissolver would get the correct consistency, or is the main problem that I'm using Silica Dimethyl Silylate instead of Silica Silylate?

Here's a direct link to the formulation:

Thanks in advance!



  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    VP/VA copolymer comes in several different grades - which one did you use?
    you'll get better and more consistent results using a more hydrophobic polymer, e.g. un-neutralised Amphomer
    also, regarding your silica dimethyl silylate, what is the surface area per gram, and how does that compare to Aerosil R 812 S? (the value should be in the technical documents)
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
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