Know Your Ingredients: Polyquaternium-11

by Gio

polyquaternium-11

What it is
Polyquaternium-11 is a liquid available in two forms: 50% Polyquaternium-11 dissolved in alcohol, and 19% dissolved in water.

What it does
Polyquaternium-11 is very used in haircare products for its antistatic properties as well as its ability to keep hairstyles in their place.
In addition, it also forms a thin film on hair, skin and nails that binds water in.

Side effects
Polyquaternium-11 is generally considered safe.

(Source: cosmeticsinfo.org)

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6 comments

Anna August 29, 2010 - 7:17 am

I liked this 🙂
It is always great to know what all those ingredients are.. Ive always wondered anyway 🙂
AWESOME blog btw 🙂

hugs

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beautifulwithbrains August 29, 2010 - 11:23 am

Anna, I’m glad you enjoyed this post and that you like my blog, thank you! I think it’s important to know what the ingredients in the product do so that we can choose the best ones for our needs. 🙂

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Suzanne November 10, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Is it removed from hair easily, and does cause build-up problems?
From what I am reading it is not water soluble?

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beautifulwithbrains November 14, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Suzanne, yes, it is not water soluble, so it can create some buildup overtime. But you can easily remove it by using a clarifying shampoo every once in a while.

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Nick November 6, 2015 - 9:54 pm

It is clearly water soluble …. Hense 19% dissolved in water is one form you can buy it and the other is 50% dissolved in alcohol, I formulate hair products for a living and can tell you with a gentle stir this chemical can be added into water with no other emulsifier’s.

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Gio November 7, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Nick, thank you for clarify that.

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