Sunday, May 15, 2011

Duplicating products: Chi Silk Infusion Hair Serum

Mychelle suggested we take a look at the Chi Silk Infusion Hair Serum. (If you'd like to make a suggestion, hie thyself to the duplicating products introductory post, and comment. Please include an accurate ingredient list and a link to the product somewhere on the 'net.)

Shall we take a look at the ingredient list? (Remember to click on the links to learn more about each ingredient as it's just too long here to include every single bit of information!)

Cyclomethicone: A silicone. Generally combined with dimethicone in anti-frizz products, it helps with the spreading abilities (not that dimethicone really needs the help), helps with wet combing, delivers the active ingredients to your hair, then evaporates, which decreases your drying time (which is a good thing for us frizzy haired girls!).

Dimethiconol: It's technically a dimethylsiloxane terminated with hydroxy groups, a gum version of dimethicone with slightly higher viscosity than our normal dimethicone (the dimethicone we find most commonly is about 350cs; the gum is 400 to 500 cs. I have a 1000 cs version of dimethicone from Soapcraft, so there are all kinds of viscosities of this stuff!). It is more effective than dimethicone at reducing dry combing forces.

Dimethicone: A silicone. In hair care, it improves wet and dry combing, helps with shine, improves hair feel (softness), reduces static charge, and works as a humidity resistor. And in colour cosmetics, like foundations, it is a lubricant, spreading agent, emollient, and diluent/carrier ingredient.

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate: A dry feeling ester that acts as an emollient and fragrance fixative.

Panthenol: Panthenol for hair care products is a fantastic addition at 2% to 5%. It builds a thin moisture film on the surface of your hair (film former) and makes it shine without oil or greasiness. In addition, it can penetrate the cuticle of your hair and brings moisture to the cortex! This means you get good manageability and pliability of your hair, and it is better able to cope with brushing, wind, and other non-hair friendly things. Finally, it could give your hair more body! Studies have shown that 2% left on for 2 minutes can actually swell the hair shaft, making it seem thicker! (So use it up to 5% in your conditioner or leave in conditioner!)

Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk: This is like hydrolyzed silk protein, but it's the ethyl ester of the protein. I think this is done to make a water soluble ingredient oil soluble.

It's chemistry time! Hooray! It's my favourite time of the day! (If you want to know more about the chemistry of esters, click here.) From Wikipedia: Esters are chemical compounds derived by reacting an oxoacid with a hydroxyl compound such as an alcohol or phenol. Esters are usually derived from an inorganic acid or organic acid in which at least one -OH (hydroxyl) group is replaced by an -O-alkyl (alkoxy) group, and most commonly from carboxylic acids and alcohols. That is, esters are formed by condensing an acid with an alcohol. Methyl and ethyl esters are commonly available for many amino acids. 

Phenoxyethanol: Preservative. But I'm not really sure why this would be in an all oil product?

Fragrance: Makes it smell pretty!

D&C Yellow 11 and D&C Red 17: Colours.

Zinc Oxide: Not really sure why this is here. It could be used as a whitening ingredient or it could be used as a sunscreen.

Titanium Dioxide: Not really sure why this is here, either. It could be used as a whitening ingredient or it could be used as a sunscreen.

Mica: Probably used as a colouring agent, it might give your hair a little sparkle.

Boron Nitride Powder: This will give your hair a little sparkle, I think.

What do we have here? We have an oil based product that is used for smoothing your hair. It won't offer any serious conditioning to your hair as it doesn't contain any cationic ingredients, but if you've got frizzy hair or use a lot of heated hair appliances, this would be a very good product for you.

I hate to do this, but we'll have to leave this product for now and come back again to it tomorrow. I'm really not feeling all that well this weekend, and I dread to think it's the return of that horrible stomach flu, which is still going around my agency and my town and it's causing me to feel really weak and shaky and horrible! So join me tomorrow as we take a further look at this product!


Mychelle said...

Oh, no! Feel better Susan! Thank you for looking at my suggestion. I'm excited to learn more about it when you are feeling better.

p said...

Feel better, Susan!!

I was wondering, what is it that makes a product protect against heat styling damage? Sorry if you've already discussed this!

melian1 said...

i hope you feel better!

melian1 said...

i couldn't find the comment link to post this there for our duplicating series, so i hope it is ok to post it here.

i couldn't find it online, so i copied the ingredients directly from the bottle itself.

Nature’s Flavors by Delicates
Botanical Collection
Calla Lilies & Iris Bath and Shower gel

Here are the ingredients exactly as shown on the bottle (only I put each ingredient on a new line):
Deoinized water,
Sodium Laureth Sulfate,
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate (and) Sodium Trideseth-Sulfate (and) Sodium Lauroamphoacetate 9AND) PEG-150 Distearate (and) Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate (and) Citric Acid (and) Tetrasodium EDTA,
Propylene Glycol,
Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Methylparaben (and) Propylparabren,
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,
Methylchloroisothiazolinonr (and) Methylisothiazolinone,
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E),
Panax Ginseng Root Extract,
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract,
Sodium Chloride,
Benzophenone 4,
Violet 2 (CI60725)

sherry york said...

feel better and plenty of rest!! sheangel

Marie said...

I know what that stomach flu feels like, it is simply horrible. Take care of yourself, get plenty rest and drink fluids.

Anonymous said...

Get well soon!


Mich said...

Hope you feel better soon, Susan!
I too am anticipating the conclusion to this posting, because this product is nice, but it's really expensive!
Thanks for all you do!