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  • Eliminating Peroxide from Developer

    Posted by tronicdude on June 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve noticed my hair is super nice shortly after bleaching/coloring with cream developer. No conditioner/shampoo comes close. So I want to eliminate the peroxide in 10 volume developer and use it as conditioner (or maybe a weekly hair mask).

    Any ideas on how to neutralize/eliminate the Peroxide? Obviously will use 10vol developer for this.

    Developer Ingredients List:

    • Water

    • Hydrogen Peroxide

    • Cetearyl Alcohol

    • Ceteareth-20

    • Stearic Acid

    • Cetyl Alcohol

    • Phosphoric Acid

    Peroxide in isolation would decompose to water and oxygen when exposed to atmosphere & light, so I’m thinking I move some developer to a transparent container, lid open, in direct sunlight.

    I’m not sure how long this would take. The other ingredients seem like they would be stable under these conditions, I could add water as it processes.

    Would this work? I’m worried the other ingredients may protect the peroxide, but I’m not sure. I’m also not confident in my analysis that the other ingredients would keep (I researched them each individually but I’m not sure if there’s some interaction effect I’m missing). 

    I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask. Thank you.

    oliviastieve replied 3 weeks, 3 days ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    Professional Chemist / Formulator
    June 7, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Interesting question. 

    I think you will find that your premise that you can eliminate the peroxide and still get the same “conditioning” effect is flawed. 

    The developer without Hydrogen Peroxide is simply a blend of standard fatty alcohols/acids that are found in pretty much any other conditioner. These ingredients have no ability to adhere to the hair and will simply rinse away.

    The other ingredients do not “protect” the peroxide. The reason they are in there is to protect the hair from the more damaging effects of the peroxide and to help make it easier to spread through the hair.

  • oliviastieve

    May 11, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Bleaching is always a good option doesn’t matter what only be aware of steroids affects