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  • Thanks for recognizing that isn't as easy as some people think! And here's some good news - we just recorded another episode. Look for it next week. 
  • We've talked about this before: http://thebeautybrains.com/bbforum/index.php?p=/discussion/comment/1577/#Comment_1577 Here's a recap of my answer: Olaplex is a 3 step process that is said to rebond/repair hair. As far as I can tell (mostly from the…
  • Well, the best science to data says parabens are fine so I don't see the problem there.  Hydroquinone is ok when used properly. It's still the gold standard for skin lightening. 
  • We've received questions about this product in the past but we haven't gotten around to writing our response. When I get a chance I'll dig into to this more but in the meantime I reached out to the company for more information and here's their respo…
  • It depends on the product, the packaging and how you store it. In some cases, 5 years is not unreasonable. If you're talking about a product that could easily become microbially contaminated and infect you (like a lip balm or a mascara) 5 years is W…
  • Lash growth products have been controversial since a certain class of glaucoma drugs (prostaglandins) were found to really work when applied topically. The problem was this drug could permanently change the color of your eyes! A couple of companies …
  • You're welcome! It's nice to hear that our style suits you. You'd be surprised how many complaints we get from people who say we ARE condescending and that we're "intellectual bullies." I just don't get it, we're just trying to help people be smarte…
  • Retinoids are very effective skin care ingredients but retinyl palmitate is the least effective version. Check out this podcast for more information: http://thebeautybrains.com/2013/11/the-beauty-brains-show-episode-06-which-retinol-is-right-for-me/…
    in Vitamin A Comment by RandyS January 10
  • I didn't say the cleansers you found are not good I just said they don't contain any active ingredients that are typically used to reduce the appearance of large pores. You are right, though, that products with such ingredients are often too drying.…
  • My guess is that the thicker products tend to be the ones that use petrolatum which is the most effective occlusive agent. (Meaning it locks in moisture better.) Petrolatum tends to make products have a heavier texture. The thinner products may be u…
  • As we discussed in the podcast, my understanding is that cleansers with sal acid or some other active that can help clear our pores is best. I don't see those ingredients in any of these products.  I don't see how oil cleansing would help that much …
  • You probably already know all this but here's what we previously wrote about enlarged pores:  http://thebeautybrains.com/2014/01/pore-minimizing-myths-the-beauty-brains-show-episode-012/
  • Hmmm. To be honest, I had heard the opposite. That retinoic acid could help shrink the appearance of pores because it helps remove the cellular debris that makes the pores look bigger and darker.  
  • The reason we used to post encore episodes is that it gave us a chance to attract new listeners even when we didn't have new content. I'm sorry if they were tedious to listen to a second time.  
  • Awww, you guys are making us blush! Thanks for the kind words. We're hoping to return to podcasting soon so stay tuned!
  • I don't think there's a one size fits all answer. My understanding is that coconut oil stays inside the hair through multiple washings so I doubt anyone needs to re-oil after EVERY wash. Therefore, it's up to your personal taste to decide how many w…
    in Coconut oil Comment by RandyS January 1
  • It all depends on the specifics of the product you're mixing. If you're trying to make your shampoo more conditioning by adding a conditioner to it, you can end up with an insoluble goop that won't spread through your hair. Same is true of mixing th…
  • I will delete it for you. Sorry to see you go! 
  • Hi Stephanie. If you have a favorite brand you want to share with the Forum that's fine but we don't like to have too many links to other product pages because it starts to feel spammy. We prefer to focus on discussions of the science of how product…
  • Yep, there is something special about this combo.  The first product is a fairly standard conditioner. The second contains Dimethylol Urea, a formaldehyde-releasing agent. Formaldehyde can cross link the bonds in hair and providing a strengthening e…
  • You're certainly not harming yourself by using baby products instead of the adult version. Baby products tend to use milder surfactants so they they not clean heavily soiled hair as well. (Styling buildup could be a problem.) The baby lotion you cit…
  • I've never seen any data showing that vitamin C can bleach hair nor can I think of a plausible mechanism for how it would do that. 
  • Go science! I urge our Forum members to help out in this experiment!  
  • I assumed you were talking about the ingredient list.  The graphic I see when I scroll down shows the "Lustrous oil" on top then the "Adhesive Luster Regenerative Oil" layer, then the water layer, then the lip. It appears that the oil is on the top …
  • I don't see any reason for concern but if you're worried about nitrosamine formation you could avoid products with Triethanolamine. 
  • It's a water based formula so it's not surprising that water is the first ingredient. I guess they do that to make it feel less greasy?
  • I see...I think. Foam is a function of how the surfactant molecules interact at the water-air interface. The surfactants (the "foamers" in the product) lower the surface tension of the water enough that it can sort of stretch out and hold pockets of…
  • Hygral fatigue is the stress caused to your hair by the swelling and shrinking that occurs from wetting and drying your hair. The only way to get rid of it is to not get your hair wet.  You can, of course, fight the effects of this stress. Condition…
  • Well done on finding the ingredient list! I agree with Peter but I'm still curious about what's in the patent. 

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