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In the ingredient descriptions: Good means that I like to see this in a product's list of ingredients. Okay means this product appears safe for a curly person like me to use. Caution means that this ingredient may not be good in some hair care products, or for some people. Avoid means this ingredient may hurt your hair. If you see this ingredient in a hair product, it's best to put it down and walk away.
Cleansing and foaming ingredient that may also help water wet the hair more efficiently, as well as help thicken the product. Found in shampoos, detergents, cold creams, and bath soaps. Fatty acids made from Coconut oil. One of the main components of Coconut Acid is Lauric acid, which is known to be irritating to the skin and eyes.
Though coconuts are not grown in the US, the majority of shampoos contain cleansing agents made from either Coconut Acids or Lauric Acids because it is inexpensive to obtain, and they react easily to make various other materials and ingredients. They also foam quite well. When Coconut Acid is added to a shampoo, it usually so that a soap can be formed. The soap may then be created by adding some sort of base to it, (like even sodium hydroxide, so beware of "soap" shampoos for this reason). However,
[Winter (7th ed.,) pg 162; Hunting (Shampoo) pg 188].
Coconut oil Fatty acids Soap
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