Silicones In Hair Care Products?

Silicones have been widely used in personal care products for years. Most of the silicones used in professional hair care products, specifically shampoos and conditioners, act as emulsifiers because one end of a silicone molecule is attracted to water and the other end is attracted to oil. This makes silicones the perfect ingredient to effectively disperse oils, such as Argan Oil, Peppermint Oil and Almond…

Why Are Silicones in Hair Care Products?

Silicones have been widely used in personal care products for years. Most of the silicones used in professional hair care products, specifically shampoos and conditioners, act as emulsifiers because one end of a silicone molecule is attracted to water and the other end is attracted to oil. This makes silicones the perfect ingredient to effectively disperse oils, such as Argan Oil, Peppermint Oil and Almond…

pH Balanced Shampoos

We are all aware of term “pH” and the need to have a balanced pH in order to maintain the health of our body, skin and hair. But what exactly is pH and how does it work? The abbreviation, pH (small p with a capital H) stands for potential Hydrogen. It is a well-recognized method for measuring the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid which…

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo?

Tea Tree Oil and its beneficial properties have been widely known for centuries. But what is it, what does it really do, and why is it suddenly such a popular ingredient in hair care products? Tea Tree Oil, or melaleuca oil, is derived from a variety of over 200 recognized species of plants, shrubs or trees that are primarily native to Australia. It is believed…

Why Use a Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner?

Keratin is an insoluble protein that is the primary building block for our hair, skin and nails, as well as the hooves and horns of animals. It comes from the Greek word kerat, meaning horn. So why should we use a Keratin-based shampoo, conditioner or serum? Chemical straightening treatments are extremely popular and are used to straighten curly, frizzy, or damaged hair. Because these chemical…

Shampoos Have Sodium Chloride?

Most of us know Sodium Chloride by its common name, Salt. Salt is an essential mineral for our bodies. And since it draws moisture out, it’s used as a preservative in many foods. So, what is sodium chloride doing in our shampoo? The beauty industry uses sodium chloride primarily as a thickening agent in shampoos. If your hair or skin tend to be on the…

What Are Parabens?

Simply put, a paraben is a preservative. It is used to inhibit bacterial growth, as well as, prolong the shelf life of products. The most common man-made versions are methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. While parabens can be found in nature (they naturally occur in blueberries) the synthetic, laboratory-generated versions have created a great deal of concern due to their ability to mimic the hormone estrogen.…

Private Label Hair Care Products

You are a specialist. You are a professional. You use products that are designed and intended for “Professional Use Only.” Brands such as Aveda, Bumble & Bumble and Pureology were originally created by professionals and only sold to and through professionals. Salons such as yours helped to build the name recognition that made these brands successful. Today, due to rampant acquisition strategies by major corporations,…

Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Products

Moroccan Argan Oil hair products are some of the hottest hair care products in the industry today. But what is it and why does it make for the perfect shampoo or conditioner? Argan oil is a nutrient rich oil derived from the Argan kernels found inside the nut of the fruit of the Argan tree. It is loaded with Omega 3 and 9 fatty acids,…

What Is Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

Modern day sulfates such as sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) were first introduced to the consumer in the form of shampoos in the early 1900’s. While they are known irritants, they were replacing much hasher shampoos of the day. Prior to utilizing SLS or SLES, shampoos were made primarily of shaved soap, being a combination of lye, tallow and/or sodium…