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  • Styling Powder

    Posted by JDCosmo on November 30, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Hello.  First time poster here.  I was looking at making a hair styling powder in the same vein as Sticky Gorilla’s hair styling powder.  If you are not familiar, it is a light powder that if you put a small amount into your hands and rub, it goes from a powder to a kind of gel.  Then you apply to hair or scalp.

    I think the reason I’m having a hard time mimicking it is because the ingredients are listed in alphabetical order, which has not given me a place to really start.  They are:

    Glycerin, Silica dimethyl silylate, dimethicone/vinyldimethicone crosspolymer, silica, aqua, VP/VA Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate

    I have all of these ingredients and started with a formula of:

    SDS - 20%
    D/VD CP (I have this in a gel form) - 1% 
    Silica - 56.9%
    VP/VA Copolymer - 20% 
    Sodium Benzoate - 0.1%
    Water- 1%
    Propanediol (substituted this to avoid glycerin, but I don’t have to) - 1% 

    When I tried it, it didn’t gel, just felt like silica powder (which makes sense), but adding more diluent of water or PD turned it almost paste like.  Any ideas for anyone familiar with this this type of product, as it is fairly new to me.

    Thank you for any suggestions.

    JDCosmo replied 3 years, 7 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Fekher

    December 1, 2020 at 11:02 am

    @JDCosmo make some reaserchment on the net I found some formulation for it. 

  • Bill_Toge

    December 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm
    look up “Aerosil powder-to-cream”, to find out the basic principle of how the product works; you’ll need a lot more water, and a high-shear mixer, to make it work
    on small scales, a coffee grinder will suffice, but on larger scales you’ll need something like an industrial blender
    also, from experience, hydrophobic polymers like Amphomer work better than VP/VA copolymer, as the latter draws water from the air and causes the product to turn into mush

  • JDCosmo

    December 7, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you for your feedback.  I will look into the alternatives.  I’m excited about this product.

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