Ingredients, To Be Feared or Loved ?

TexastheStylistTexastheStylist Posts: 9Registered Users
I have taken my response to a perm product thread and decided to repost it because I feel the information can be quite valuable to all on a curly haired product journey.

I myself have recently realized that certain things just have to be known and memorized. Like funky scientific names for ingredients in the products we use. Its not always going to say for ex: Apple, Coconut, oil. There might be other words in there that we don't know or recognize. That could be good or bad. But, we shouldn't be scared away. We should just research and know what's good for our curls and what is not.

Some people say no automatically to certain products, which got me thinking.. what do they know that I don't ?

So, I did my homework. And I am here to provide this information so you all can make an informed decision and not be intimidated by your products. Cause Mother Nature knows.. we've tried a million without so much as glancing at the ingredients if we heard it works. Nowadays, it is easier to know or to find out what to put in those crazy curls and what not to.

Anyways here we go. I have broken down Razac Perfect for Perms' Ingredients for Everyone:
1)De-ionized Water(DI)- most common for of purified water

2)Polyquaterium-11- Common in cosmetics; ex: conditioner/shampoo/mousse/hair spray/contacts; used for its positive charge to neutralize the negative charge produced by proteins to help hair relax/chill; number behind specifies which polyquarterium you are dealing with as there are many

3)Cyclomethicone/Silicone- Also common in hair care products; heat resistant

4)Dimethicone Copolyol- Common surfactant; used to add shine and fullness; chosen over others for its faintly pleasant smell

5)PPG-5(not S) Ceteth-10 Phosphate- So far so good, known as non-toxic; used for high volume

6)Methylparaben- Preservative; Found in blueberries and other fruits; anti-fungal agent

*Fragrance Im sure speaks for itself, and the other Polyquaternium is just a slightly different chemical.

~My information was taken and personalized from other sites which I have provided on trackback

Thx for reading, I am excited to do more research on more products.
Peace & Thanks,


  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Parabens are found in blueberries, but Methylparaben is NOT from blueberries.
  • TexastheStylistTexastheStylist Posts: 9Registered Users
    Feel free to look it up on the Trackback.

    But Methylparaben is a paraben.

    Peace & Thanks for Reading.
  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    LOL. I didn't say it is not a paraben.

    I said that it does not come from blueberries. It is a synthetic compound manufactured in a lab.
  • TexastheStylistTexastheStylist Posts: 9Registered Users
    Was that funny ?
    I am actually quite interested in finding out the truth about it since I have just started researching it. Who wants to go around speaking the wrong truth. But, all that I have read points to it being natural.

    "In terms of environmental impact, methylparaben is completely and readily biodegradable"
    which would make it of natural occurrence.

    "Those that are known to produce specifically include wintergreen, birthwort, and blueberries."

    I have attached specific URL's this time. Whacha think ?
  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Natural is a subjective and not regulated term.

    Methylparaben in our cosmetics is not a natural ingredient. It is a synthetic one. Synthetic does not mean bad. It just means that it was man-made in a lab and it was not gotten from blueberries. That was my point.

    Synthetic= lab/man made
    Natural = comes directly from nature

    I also do not see your links

    Here is the most unbiased and accurate place for information on cosmetic ingredients
    COSMETICSINFO.ORG - Your source for safety information about cosmetics and personal care products
  • TexastheStylistTexastheStylist Posts: 9Registered Users
    I included it in the trackback.. but as I am looking for it after I post it doest seem visible.

    Heres the links I used though:
    Methylparaben - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What Is Methylparaben? - mobile wiseGEEK

    So here's what Im thinking. It is produced naturally and perhaps when it is needed in high concentration it is created. Making it no longer natural because it does not occur in nature that way. So, depending on the product and the amount of methylparaben used it will determine the ingredient's natural or synthetic.

  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Ummm no to your last paragraph.

    ALL methylparaben used in cosmetics is synthetic, not natural.

    Just because a compound exists in nature doesn't mean that if it's in your product it's natural.

    It's not the amount of something that makes it natural, it's the source and processing thereafter. Parabens are used in small quantities in products anyway, but for cosmetics, it is always synthetic.
  • SweetummsSweetumms Posts: 37Registered Users
    Always keep in mind that Wikipedia while it can be a decent source is often written by someone who is not an expert. If you google wikipedia they even list themselves as Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. (That was copied and pasted from wikipedia.) Also keep in mind that "natural" does not mean non toxic. White nightshade mushrooms are very natural but they'll kill you.
    3b/c with some 4a in the middle of crown and back, medium to high porosity, frizzy, thirsty hair!

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