Hair product Q's

Hi Beauty Brains,

I apologise before hand I have plenty a question!

I was wandering, is it okay to use a leave in hair product such as a cream with silicones in it.. and then straighten my hair 2/3 days later? What are the effects with silicone before and after heat styling? Some people say silicones are bad and then others say it's fine but used carefully with good conditioning products. To be honest all I care about it how it feels and looks, I want it to be soft and shiny. 

What's the difference between leave in conditioner and conditioner formula wise? Is there some reason why you can't just leave in a normal conditioner? 

Also why is there exfoliating ingredients like Lactic and Glycolic acid in haircare? What's the purpose of it? 

Is protein better for certain hair types than others? I have a lot of slightly coarse, thick, very dry and curly hair.. a lions mane lol. When I've tried a leave in protein product it basically made my hair crunchy and not much else.. yet products with Keratin seem fine and I think that's a protein. 

Kind regards,
Cass

Happy 2016!

Comments

  • Hey Cass!

    Is it okay to use a leave in hair product such as a cream with silicones in it.. and then straighten my hair 2/3 days later? 

    Typically, yes. In fact, silicones are used in thermal protection products that are recommended for use when heat straightening. If you're doing a chemical straightening, you might want to wash your hair first to make sure the ingredients penetrate better. 

    What's the difference between leave in conditioner and conditioner formula wise? Is there some reason why you can't just leave in a normal conditioner? 

    Rinse out conditioners have to use ingredients that stick to hair because the product is rinsed out. Leave in conditioner don't have that restriction and can use things like oils. Therefore, the two products give your hair a different feel. Some rinse out products can be left in hair but others may be irritating when left in contact with your scalp. (Some ingredients, like cetrimonium chloride, have to be used at lower levels in products that are formulated to be left in your hair.) 

    Also why is there exfoliating ingredients like Lactic and Glycolic acid in haircare? What's the purpose of it? 

    We've never seen proof that exfoliating ingredients do ANYTHING for your hair. However, some people claim that lactic acid can help straighten hair.  

    Is protein better for certain hair types than others? I have a lot of slightly coarse, thick, very dry and curly hair.. a lions mane lol. When I've tried a leave in protein product it basically made my hair crunchy and not much else.. yet products with Keratin seem fine and I think that's a protein.

    Protein doesn't really do much for hair at all. If it's a chemically modified protein it can provide a little bit of conditioning, but that's about it. Some proteins are film formers which could account for the "crunchiness" you described. 

  • Hi Randy,

    I'm sorry I didn't realise I got a reply or rather am a bit slow lol :S. I will take all of that into account!! As long as the product isn't mainly silicone my hair is 'happy' and now I am curious to try products with Lactic acid and see if they work really do loosen curls or defrizz even. I'm also curious about your book! I wish I knew about BeautyBrains much earlier!! 

    Thank you very much for getting back to me and to all of my questions!! :)
  • You're welcome! 

    BTW, if you want to return the favor, you could write a review of our podcast on iTunes. We'd really appreciate it! 

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