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  • Yes, technically you can use these bars head to toe. Of course that doesn't guarantee you'll like the way it makes your hair feel. You'll have to try it and see. I believe DOVE makes one that you could check out.   
  • I guess "gold standard" is in the eye of the beholder but we're big fans of bars based on sodium cocoyl isethionate.  It's mildness very mild and it doesn't have the negative effects on hair that true soap does. 
  • "Unscientific" pretty much says it all. This idea is so ridiculous that I was surprised to find so many articles in a quick web search. But even most of these articles said something like "such and such dermatologist says there's no research that pr…
  • Turchese: I've been reading up on rose hip oil and it looks there is not a quick answer. I'm going to do some more research and, depending on what I find, I may use this as a question for a future podcast.  Would you be interested in submitting an a…
  • Thanks Torches. I'll looked at their website and I don't see any reference to lightening hyper pigmentation. And, none of their clinical studies reference lightening skin. I suspect that what you've seen on other websites is just other people's inte…
  • That's a great question! Let me see what I can find out. 
  • There are conditioning agents that can be incorporated into clear shampoos (e.g., Polyquaternium 7 and 10) . However, they are not the most effective type of conditioners. The most effective conditioning shampoos use conditioning agents (e.g., dimet…
  • Proteins are beneficial to hair because they're film formers than can help smooth and protect. When they're hydrolyzed the proteins are chopped up into little pieces that don't really do much of anything.  
  • You're right, Rogaine is the only treatment that's proven to work. Most people can use it without any problems but since it is a drug there is a chance for side effects. To quote WebMD:  "Rarely, this medication can be absorbed through the skin and …
  • Leave on products do coat the hair, although it's not necessarily the proteins. It also increase friction between hair shafts which boosts volume. 
  • We were speculating when we wrote that post back in 2008. We have not seen any data since then that proves that sulfates solubilize 18-MEA better than other surfactants. The primary issue with sulfates that is supported by data is that some sodium l…
  • We've never tested this Joico product but it does have a good slug of silicones so I would expect it would smooth and protect hair from heat pretty well. (It certainly won't mend split ends, however.)  If you like the way it makes your hair feel - u…
  • The problem with using conditioning styling products is that they don't protect your hair at a very critical stage - when you're drying and detangling wet hair. You might try using a leave in conditioner as a rinse out. Leave in products aren't desi…
  • The particles of alcohol from a hairspray are very small and evaporate very quickly. That's why hairspray's dry so fast. They won't do any damage to your hair or scalp.  Hairsprays are "inhalation tested" to make sure they don't enter too far into t…
  • Are you talking about a cream made with liposomes? If so then the answer is yes. Liposomes are a type of encapsulate used to help (some) ingredients penetrate. Of course how well it works depends on the specific formula, the type of liposome used an…
  • That's because the oils you tried are good emollients (they make skin feel smooth) but they're not as good at locking in moisture as a fully formulated cream which contains not only emollients but other ingredients that seal moisture in the skin.  
  • I'm not sure I understand you question. Are you talking about flax seed? And are you asking if it will hold as well as "regular" hair styling gel? If so, the answer is no. Styling products are made with polymers that are designed to be hard holding …
  • I'll see what I can find out about this. 
  • We're trying to upgrade the software so hopefully that will fix the problem!
  • I responded to Wade's questions (and he responded to my response) but our backup file was corrupted so we lost the last few posts. 
  • This is HILARIOUS! "It penetrates through the epidermis, the dermis, and 7 non-existent layers of skin...all the way down to the marbles."  Thanks for sharing. 
  • LOL. Yes, she'd fit right in at the EWG!
  • Q: If I want max protection from the sun, I should apply another layer of sunscreen which protects from both UVA & UVB? A: Yes!  Q: FOTE contains mineral oil and cetyl alcohol, which I've checked are emulsifiers. Emollients = occlusive? Which …
  • *Sigh* You're right, Ling, the way this blogger is spreading misinformation is a shame! Despite facts to the contrary, people really want to believe that the cosmetic industry is unregulated and that certain ingredients are bad (like parabens.)  
  • Thanks for all the typing!  To answer your first question, it's not surprising that the Vaseline product feels like it absorbs so quickly compared to FOTE product which contains mineral oil and cetyl alcohol (among other things.) The Vaseline produc…
  • Alisas: The size of the particles in a moisturizer is not what determines how well it will moisturize or how it will feel on skin. Rather, it's the nature of the ingredients in the formula. Some ingredients will feel greasier while others are lighte…
  • Octisalate, also known as Octyl salicylate, is one of the approved active ingredients used in sunscreens. It absorbs UV radiation to protect you from the sun.   
  • I'm not familiar with this particular product but I did just finish reading some research that indicates topical growth factors, like stem cells, MAY provide some benefit on skin. If you can remind the person to find the study that you mentioned I'd…
  • Hi Janelle, alcohol is well regulated in cosmetics (as well as other products) and I've never seen any data to suggest that it poses a danger when used as you described. These types of products have been on the market for many years and if there's w…
  • We took at look at this product when it came out and noticed that it has a polymer that coats hair. It claims to have a patent associated with it but we haven't been able to track it down yet.  I doubt the sal acid is a problem - it's used all the t…

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