CYW says…If you could design the perfect shampoo and conditioner, what ingredients would you include or exclude?
The Right Brain responds:
Great question, CYW! Let’s break it down and talk about conditioners first. But before that, we have to talk about what “perfect” means.
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder
“Perfect” is such a relative term that this is an almost impossible question to answer. Perfect for long hair or for short hair? Perfect for thick hair or fine hair? Perfect for dry hair… well, you get the idea. Since no single product is perfect for everyone we have to generalize. So, for the the sake of this discussion, we can tell you this: In all the hundreds of conditioner formulas we’ve tested over the years the ones that always tested the best included four key ingredients:
Best conditioner ingredients to look for
- Dimethicone to smooth the cuticle.
- Cyclomethicone to disperse the dimethicone and to provide some nice slip without weighing hair down. (Note: an Amodimethicone can sometimes can replace this mixture.)
- A fatty amine like stearamidopropyldimethylamine or behenamidopropyldimethylamine to condition by sticking to the damaged, negatively charged areas on the hair.
- An acid such as aspartic acid or glutamic acid to “activate”and neutralize the amine.
Of course there are more ingredients that must be in the formula to thicken, emulsify, preserve, etc. But these are the key conditioning ingredients we would include.
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What do YOU think? Do you see any of these ingredients in YOUR conditioners? Or, do you have other ingredients that you’d like to talk about? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the rest of Beauty Brains community.