CREATING STYLING PRODUCTS THAT OFFER BOTH GOOD HOLD AND SOFT HAND - Wacker Chemie AG


CREATING STYLING PRODUCTS THAT OFFER BOTH GOOD HOLD AND SOFT HAND

Overview of Styling Effects

Soft, Silky Feel

Silicones are predestined for providing a soft, silky feel to hair. Their flexible molecular backbone makes them very mobile and helps to significantly lower friction between hairs. The result: hair that feels soft and silky – even shortly after spraying.

Good Hold

The silicone hybrid polymer of BELSIL® P 1101 ensures a natural, firm hold even when humidity rises. Polyvinyl acetate chains in the organic polymer segments bind the hairs like an invisible hair net, imparting the required hold.

Outstanding elasticity

Tresses sprayed with a test formulation achieve curl retention values of 85 to 95%, thanks to a combination of hydrophobic silicone blocks and the organic, hold-provid-ing polymer backbone. The result is hair that retains its full elasticity even in strong winds.

Quick drying

Silicones form a transparent, non-hygroscopic film on the hair and can help hairsprays dry more quickly. Here, too, the silicone hybrid polymer in BELSIL® P 1101 offers a clear advantage. Its low surface tension improves the hairspray solution’s wetting of the hair and enhances even distribution on the hair fibers.

Less tackiness

Silicones reduce tackiness in hairsprays. They ensure that hairspray quickly dissolves in water without compromising its effectiveness in moist environments.

Thermoprotection

Flat irons are very popular in hair styling. During the application, hair is exposed to high temperatures (100-200 °C). TGA studies show silicone hybrid polymers, as in BELSIL® P 1101, can keep moisture in the hair fibre.