Many people like to finish their hair cleansing routine with a conditioner. Conditioning leaves hair more manageable, glossier and fragrant, and may as well supply nourishing and repairing substances.
Conditioners come with a large range of properties, but they all have one thing in common: they help to improve hair manageability by modifying the cuticle, the surface layer of the hair. Shampoo cleanses hair and scalp by removing sebum, residual styling products, dead cells and dirt, but it can have adverse effects on the cuticle. The cells of the cuticle are arranged somewhat like shingles on a roof. The stress of shampooing causes these shingles to shift slightly, leaving the cuticle itself and also the internal hair structure more vulnerable to damage. Conditioners smoothen the cuticles and restore their natural arrangement, restoring the hair’s natural shield. The hair is once more protected, more manageable and ready for styling.
This conditioning effect is achieved through a mix of substances including surfactants, moisturisers, acidifiers, oils and antistatic substances. As previously shown ERYLITE® Erythritol demonstrated very beneficial effects when incorporated into a shampoo formula. These effects range from improved combability and reduced frizz to scalp hydration and improved shampoo performance with increased foamability. This article discusses the advantages of incorporating ERYLITE® into hair conditioners to complement the benefits of ERYLITE® shampoo formulations.
ERYLITE® – a fermentation-based polyol for personal care applications
ERYLITE® is the first sugar alcohol, also called polyol, to be manufactured using a fermentation-based process. The fermentation and minimum processing make ERYLITE® a very interesting ingredient for end products destined for the “natural” shelf. It is furthermore COSMOS-approved and vegan. ERYLITE® can already be found in many personal care formulations with different applications. It is increasingly used in skin care products, where it acts as a powerful moisturising agent, increasing skin humidity. It can be incorporated into face masks, as well as body lotions, skin and hand creams. The next step is finding opportunities to exploit these outstanding features for hair shampoo and conditioner formulas.
Combability of hair is probably the most important property when it comes to assess manageability of hair. Good combability indicates smooth healthy hair, free from knots and enables good and quick styling. A positive effect on combability is one of the most popular claims for hair care products, and was the most important benefit demonstrated when ERYLITE® was integrated into shampoos. It was therefore decided to investigate whether further improved combability could be achieved by incorporation of ERYLITE® into a conditioner.