Part I

I remember a time in my life where I did not read product ingredients. Various reasons can cause someone to pick up products to purchase and use without considering its ingredients. Could it be the brand name? Could it be beautiful packaging? How about a great sale price? It could be any or all of these reasons. For the last 10 years, I have been more cognizant of label reading. The start of my natural hair journey, my desire to be physically healthier, and the start of me making my own products sparked this.

At first, I did not understand the names of some products. The extremely long names of some of the words seemed so confusing. In learning about ingredients, I discovered that long, complicated names do not have to be so scary and it does not always turn out harmful. Granted, most ingredients can be harmful and used for multiple uses such as in food, hair care products, and cleaning products. Any ingredients used in caustic solutions like floor strippers, drain opening, paint, etc.  should not be used in hair and skin products. If you see these ingredients in hair and skincare products, avoid at all costs.


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The makeup of an ingredient list on the product ingredients label is the personal preference of the product creator in what form the ingredients will be listed. It can be listed in all generic descriptors or it can be listed in the chemical descriptors. The generic words are generally easier to read, easier to recognize, and easy to list because the words usually read shorter. The chemical words read longer, usually, these words give you trouble when it comes to pronunciation, and hard to recognize by the general public.

An example would be Vitamin E. Commonly found in skin and hair care products yet sometimes it may be hard to detect.  You may see Vitamin E in one product but you may see Tocopherols, WHICH IS THE SAME THING, as well! Some may see the ingredient listed as Tocopherol and be put off by it because they do not know Tocopherols simpler term. Tocopherols sounds like a harmful substance. Yet, it is not. We are in an age where cell phones stay in hand. So pull it out and take a quick look at what these ingredients really are. Not knowing can cause you to bypass a great product due to a lack of understanding. Take the time to know hair and skincare ingredient terminology. Knowledge in this will make you a powerful consumer.


Ingredient Review

Let us now look at Polyquats. You commonly find Polyquats in many hair and skin care products and is considered a safe, very mild cationic solution.  Honeyquat, Ricequat, and Polyquaterniums name a few Polyquats. The science behind the anionic and cationic is long and in-depth but it basically speaks of positive and negative charges and how it balances out in certain ingredients and the action on the hair strands. Polyquats are positively charged conditioning polymers which means it goes to work on the most damaged parts of the hair strand, smoothing them out. This makes for easier detangling and less frizz.

Polyquats is great for all hair types but especially for dry hair that easily tangles. Some Polyquats can leave a build-up so using the right Polyquats are essential for a more beneficial hair care experience. Now that you know a little more about this ingredient, just know that if you see it listed, your hair will greatly benefit from it. Do I use Polyquats in my haircare products? Yes. It has proven to increase elasticity, improve sheen, and makes styling a breeze. Have beautiful hair year around. No need to worry about your tresses during a change in seasons. I design my products to stay ahead of the game and therefore I choose only the best ingredients. Follow us on all social media platforms.

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