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Formulating Hair Care Products: A Q&A With Vaishali Gode, PhD
By: Katie Anderson
Posted: October 5, 2012, from the November 2012 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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C&T: Is it possible to create a hair care formulation that can be used by all hair types?
If so, what are its key attributes? Yes, it is possible to have a general hair care formulation for all hair types. These are usually basic formulations for maintaining otherwise healthy hair. These formulations could be for basic cleansing and hair manageability, and should not overly dry or weigh down hair. They should, therefore, have moderate surfactant levels and moderate conditioning.
C&T: What is on the horizon for hair care?
Preventing hair loss continues to be a focus for hair care researchers. Instant and safe hair modifiers such as colors, straighteners or perming actives will continue to grow. Hair protection will also be a new need, and products for treated hair will find even bigger scope in the market. Safe, lower cost and long-lasting hair care products that are beneficial for the look and health of hair will be the key focus.
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