What ingredients give hold?

I was just wondering. I have no idea.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.


  • memesmemes Posts: 785Registered Users
    Acrylates, PVP, PVA and probably lots of others that I've never heard of :)

    3A, fine but thick, low porosity, low to medium resilience, protein sensitive but not to silk

    Favorites: Anything from Curly Kinks...their system is my new holy grail. Still liking Juice Organics Orange and TJ Refresh Conditioners as all purpose co-wash and rinse outs.
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    ...what memes said plus polyquats (especially, it seems, polyquat-4), VA...
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    In some natural products it would be gums, like tragacanth and arabic, and, of course flax seed and aloe vera gels, usually combined with other ingredients to reinforce their gentle effect.
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)
  • DarbyDarby Posts: 1,025Registered Users
    I've just been doing a search here on polyquats and I think I have found what gives me second day hair -- and that would be polyquaternium-4. I've read that it can build up but I don't mind using a sulfate shampoo or my detoxifier from Aveda once a week or so.
    I either use the product with the polyquat or I don't get second day hair.

    Natural hair color - dark brunette
    Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
  • SYBSYB Posts: 305Registered Users
    Carbomer gives hold too.
    "Curls Tester"
    Products in my current regime: Nioxin Scalp Therapy Shampoo, ORS Replenishing Pak, Curls Whipped Cream, Curls Souffle, Curls Spiral Curls Cream, Curls Milkshake, Curls Quenched, BB(Bonner Brothers) Growth Lotion
  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    Wow, that's a very interesting observation, I've seen that pq in quite a few mousses, it's in the "Aussome Volume" one I just got from K-mart, will have to try it soon to see if that works for me too! I have been totally oblivious about pq buildup, wouldn't know what it feels or looks like but maybe I've never had any (or much?) since I've been on a restless product rotation for over 2 years now... :? I honestly would be much happier with just 2-3 good products like before but in my case buying cheap stuff for my hair is a psychological outlet...
    2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

    "Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC ;-)