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All About Silicones

All About Silicones

Kavella uses silicones at low percentages in some products to add important benefits such as heat protection and sealing in moisture. But what exactly are silicones and how are they used in haircare? Cosmetic silicones are derived from the mineral silicon. (You can find it on the Periodic Table of Elements with symbol Si.) It is made into liquids and powders that offer a variety of benefits from slip and shine, to grit and volume. Did you know, most "hair oils" contain over 95% silicone? When a haircare brand uses lots of non-water-soluble silicones to give hair an instant feeling...

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Does Your Hair Need Protein or Moisture?

Does Your Hair Need Protein or Moisture?

How do you know if your hair is just chronically dry and in need of moisture, or if it is damaged and in need of protein? Cosmetologists learn some quick tests to determine the porosity and elasticity of hair. Before you pick out products, it is important to determine what your hair actually needs! Learn about the Porosity and Elasticity Tests below. Porosity Test: Moisture Place a piece of hair in a glass of water and observe whether the hair floats, suspends or sinks. This determines how much water the strand is absorbing. High porosity hair is like a sponge....

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Kavella and Nut Allergies

Kavella and Nut Allergies

Apricot Kernel Essential Oil Kavella tells you every ingredient in our products, including all our natural fragrances. We believe you have the right to know, so we never use the word “fragrance” on our bottles. Most Kavella products have an almond scent, which actually is an imported essential oil derived from apricot kernels, not almonds. Both almonds and apricot kernels contain a natural chemical called benzaldehyde that produces an almondy scent, so be sure to do a patch test if almonds cause you to have skin irritation. If your almond allergy is severe, consult your allergist before conducting a patch...

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Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate: An In-Depth Look As you may know or may have read in our harmful chemicals blog, cosmetics need preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria. One of the preservatives we use in place of the toxic alternatives is sodium benzoate. There is mis-information about this benign ingredient posted around the web, claiming it is unsafe and toxic to humans. The bottom line is that preservatives are needed to keep personal care products safe, and not all preservatives are harmful to your health. Sodium benzoate is the salt of benzoic acid. It is made by neutralizing benzoic acid, and...

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