LeoLeo Member
Are all Poly Quat 10s created equally or do they have different MWs or viscosities among the different company's ingredients?


  • chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
    The short answer is: no. The longer answer is how they differ. Most are the 400 cps Polyquaternium-10 since that is the more versatile chain length for use in conditioning shampoos, stabilizing cationic hair conditioners, adding glide to shaving creams and gels, etc. The 30,000 high MW is mainly just for hair conditioning and dilution-deposition of low MW dimethicone. There is only one reliable source for the 30,000 (Dow's UCAR, via Univar), but several for the 400, 3V Sigma's Conditioner P10 being the best and least expensive. Using the others from Asia may be OK but watch out for flaking.  
  • I like guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride more than 400 cps PQ10.
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