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Physicochemical Aspects of the Performance of Hair-Conditioning Formulations

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Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria, s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Centro de Espectroscopia Infrarroja-Raman-Correlación, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria, s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Instituto Pluridisciplinar, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Paseo Juan XXIII, 1, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Cosmetics 2020, 7(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics7020026
Received: 21 March 2020 / Revised: 8 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 April 2020 / Published: 10 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Cosmetics in 2020)
Most of the currently used products for repairing and conditioning hair rely on the deposition of complex formulations, based on mixtures involving macromolecules and surfactants, onto the surface of hair fibers. This leads to the partial covering of the damaged areas appearing in the outermost region of capillary fibers, which enables the decrease of the friction between fibers, improving their manageability and hydration. The optimization of shampoo and conditioner formulations necessitates a careful examination of the different physicochemical parameters related to the conditioning mechanism, e.g., the thickness of the deposits, its water content, topography or frictional properties. This review discusses different physicochemical aspects which impact the understanding of the most fundamental bases of the conditioning process. View Full-Text
Keywords: hair conditioning; deposition; physico-chemical tools; shampoos; reparation; surfaces; surfactants; polymers hair conditioning; deposition; physico-chemical tools; shampoos; reparation; surfaces; surfactants; polymers
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Fernández-Peña, L.; Guzmán, E. Physicochemical Aspects of the Performance of Hair-Conditioning Formulations. Cosmetics 2020, 7, 26.

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