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  • Glycols in hair conditioners

    Posted by pma on July 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    When in Japan I’ve noticed the hair conditioners there usually have some glycol (glycerin, DPG etc) as the second or the third ingredient in the list. I’ve never knew the reason, since glycol will be removed with water… and even in leave in products I think they don’t offer any important benefit to the hair.

    Now I’ve noticed that the new hair conditioners from L’oréal also have glycerin as the second ingredient… I still don’t know why, but I guess it’s just to modify the texture of the hair conditioner, maybe to give a “soft” feel when they are being applying on the hair… Am I right? Opinions?
    OldPerry replied 8 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • belassi

    July 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    There are two things affected by a conditioner: the hair, and the scalp.

  • OldPerry

    July 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I think it can impact the way the product feels while you are working it into the hair and it may help with some processing of the formula but I highly doubt you will notice any impact with or without the glycol in a rinse off product. 

    I’ve specifically done testing to determine this and could never demonstrate a difference.

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