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Natural color fixers for hair?
edited February 2014
Does anyone have experience with "natural" (read that loosely) color fixers for hair color? I'm just beginning some light research into this topic and would love any pointers.
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Avick, if you are talking about oxidative ("permanent") hair colorants, then film formers and UV absorbers are the best bet. I'm a big fan of deacetylated chitosan as a natural film-former. It's cationic, grants a soft feel, doesn't have much of a build-up attitude and might work OK here. (It still won't work as well as the best of the synthetics: polyethyleneimine.) And no, I do not sell chitosan, so my opinion is neutrally informed. As for natural UV absorbers - uhhh...coconut oil has a SPF 2, I think. Not much help there I suspect.
Awesome, thank you chemicalmatt!
So, I do use some other plant oils in skin care products for their natural uv absorption (raspberry seed oil is one). Thanks for giving me a start!
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