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Hair Styling Product Ingredients for Long-Lasting Volume

Ingredient Chemical Names Function Product Examples

Water-soluble Hair Styling Polymers

Tips: Apply hair styling products when hair is at least half dry to prevent over dilution from wet hair.

Mousses and hair sprays are easiest forms to distribute throughout fine hair without weighing it down.

Polyquaternium 4

Acrylates Copolymer

PVP/VA Copolymer

PVP Chitosan

Typically applied to wet hair to help create volume and provide styling hold during drying process and when dry by:

o forming bonds between hair strands

o coating hair strands to add stiffness

o increasing hair-to-hair friction and fullness

Hair Gels:
o Pantene Pro V Volume Gel

o Aussie High and Mighty Gel

o Herbal Essences Citrus Lift Extra Hold Foaming Gel

Mousses:
o Pantene Extra Fullness Mousse

o Aussie Real Volume Mousse

o Herbal Essences Citrus Lift Max Hold Whip It Up Mousse

Hair Sprays:
o Pantene Thickening Spray

o Aussie Real Volume Root Lifter

Alcohol-soluble Hair Styling Polymers

Tip: Aerosol hairsprays typically provide the smallest particle size droplets and are the most weightless with strong hold.

Acrylates Copolymer

Octylacrylamide/acrylates/
butylaminoethyl

methacrylate copolymer

Usually applied to dry hair to set style by forming bonds between hair strands.

Low water solubility provides more humidity resistance to hold.

o Herbal Essences Citrus Lift Flaunt It Finishing Mist

o Aussie Real Volume Aerosol Hairspray

o Pantene Full & Thick Extra Fullness Hairspray

Anti-dandruff Shampoo Active Ingredients

Tip: Never follow your anti-dandruff shampoo with a cosmetic shampoo. This can remove up to 65% of your dandruff protection ingredients.

Pyrithione Zinc

Anti-dandruff compound which eliminates flaking and creates healthy environment for hair growth.

o Head & Shoulders Shampoo

o Neutrogena TGel Healthy Defense

o Pantene Anti-dandruff shampoo

Shampoo Surfactants

Tips: Look for shampoos that also contain Polyquaternium 10, a light detangling aid that helps provide volume when hair is dry.

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Cocoamidopropyl Betaine Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

Cocamide MEA Lauramine Oxide
Sodium Lauryl Amphoacetate Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Removes dirt, sebum and styling products from hair.

Creates and sustains lather.

o Pantene Full & Thick Shampoo

o Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo

o Aussie Real Volume Shampoo

o Herbal Essences Citrus Lift Uplifting Shampoo for Fine Hair

Hair Conditioner Ingredients

Tip: Rinse-off conditioners or spray-in conditioners are usually the best choice for fine or thinning hair. Avoid leave-in conditioners which tend to weigh fine hair down.

Apply rinse-off conditioner to ends of hair avoiding root area for most volume.

Cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol

Quaternium, Stearmidepropyl dimethylamine, Ditallowmethyl Ammonium Chloride

Pro B Vitamins, amino acids: Panthenol, Pantethine, panthenyl ethyl ether, tyrosine, lysine, histidine

Dimethicone, cyclomethicone, cyclopentacyloxane

Polyquaternium, Hydrolyzed protein, Keratin Amino Acids

Oil Emollients: Mineral oil, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Natural Oils, petrolatum

Gives smooth hair feel and improved moisture retention.

Charge dispersal helps reduce static and makes hair easier to comb.

Deep penetration into cortex improves moisture retention for strength and elasticity.

Creates smooth hair feel, reduces friction, makes combing easier.

Positively charged and preferentially attracted to areas of damage, also fortifies damaged areas, can add volume.

Moisturizes hair and makes softer.

Gives smooth hair feel and improved moisture retention.

Charge dispersal helps reduce static and makes hair easier to comb.

Deep penetration into cortex improves moisture retention for strength and elasticity.

Creates smooth hair feel, reduces friction, makes combing easier.

Positively charged and preferentially attracted to areas of damage, also fortifies damaged areas, can add volume.

Moisturizes hair and makes softer.