Review: Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner

WHAT?

Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner

SHORT AND SWEET

It just sat on my hair every time I used it.  I was not impressed.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, PEG-40/PPG-8 Methylaminopropyl/Hydropropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyquaternium-70, Wheat Amino Acids, Lauryl Laurate, Synthetic Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide-2, PEI-10, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Dipropylene Glycol, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-59, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

SMELL

Nice, clean scent like soap but not as loud.

HOW IT WORKED

Surprisingly,  I was disappointed in this conditioner.  It sat on my hair and didn’t really seem like it was doing much of anything.  I even like the shampoo from this line more than this conditioner.

The conditioner is very thick, possibly too thick to be in a squeeze top bottle.  It was more like a deep conditioner consistency.

I’m harsh on conditioners because I’ve used great conditioners and I’ve made some great conditioners too.  So I know what to look for and what works well on my hair.

It may work very well for your hair.  But for me, it was just…. meh.  And I didn’t even use a gigantic amount. It just wasn’t sinking in.

This product was sent to curlytea.com for review.

WHAT’S IN IT?

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter – Shea butter is always good to have in a conditioner (as long as it’s real shea butter)

Ceramide-2 – Ceramide-2 is a hair conditioning and repairing ingredient.  It’s used to repair damaged hair.  You’ll often find Ceramides in higher quality (or higher priced) products.

Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate – All of these ingredients are thickeners and emulsifiers.  They are typically used to stabilize an emulsion and make it very thick.  I’m not sure why Stearyl alcohol was used with Cetyl and Cetearyl alcohol.  BTMS itself already contains either Cetyl or Cetearyl alcohol depending on which version you’re using.  So maybe there are too many thickeners in this formula for my hair to absorb it in an adequate amount of time.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – These proteins have been hydrolyzed so that they actually penetrate the hair to make it stronger.  I guess people who say they have protein sensitivity should be careful.  However, it may not be used in high enough percentage to actually cause you any trouble.  Remember, hydrolyzed proteins are best for hair because regular proteins (like Avocado or banana deep conditioners) are typically too big to be absorbed into the hair.

Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate – Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate is an ester of Sodium hyaluronate.   Sodium hyaluronate is a super humectant which is said to penetrate the hair better and holds water better. It has a 0 on EWG.org’s Skin Deep scale.  (the lower the number, the better)

Phenoxyethanol – It’s a formaldehyde-free preservative used in products.  It’s EWG.org Skin Deep score is 4.  It’s what makes Optiphen work well.

Glycols – Dipropylene Glycol is an ingredient used as a solvent for essential and fragrance oils,and is sometimes used to control the viscosity of a mix.  Butylene Glycol is a humectant which is also used to make BTMS-50 by the way.

Ceteareth-20 – Ceteareth-20 is the “polyethylene glycol ether or cetearyl alcohol”.  It is not like regular cetearyl alcohol.  It also has a high number at EWG.org’s Skin Deep:  3-7 (yikes!) depending on usage.  It may contain “toxic impurities” like 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide.  But it’s classified as safe to use in certain percentages.  It’s a “solubilizing agent”.  If you routinely use off the shelf hair products, there’s a high chance that you’ve used a product which contains this ingredient before.

PEG-40/PPG-8 Methylaminopropyl/Hydropropyl Dimethicone Copolymer – This is called ‘Silsoft A+’.  It’s a silicone conditioning ingredient used for damaged hair. You also see PEG in the name.  According to online information, once you “PEG” a “-cone”, it becomes more water-soluble. 😛  In other words, it’s supposedly not those old moisture blocking silicones which are hard to wash off the hair.

Propylene Glycol – Propylene glycol is used as a conditioning ingredient. It is classified as safe to use, but is an irritant to skin when used in certain concentrations.   It has a 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep scale and is “associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis”.  Wha..? Well Propylene glycol is in so many products that if you’ve used other products with it, you may not have a problem.

Polyquaternium-70, Polyquaternium-59 – Polyquats are cationic polymers used for “antistatic and film-forming properties” (chemicalland21.com). The have water-binding and conditioning properties as well. The little number after the hyphen just denotes the order in which each polymer was registered (if we are to believe wikipedia :P).  These ingredients are very popular in hair products like shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays

Wheat Amino Acids – Wheat amino acids are said to be from hydrolyzed wheat protein.  It’s used as a conditioning ingredient to penetrate the hair, allegedly.

Lauryl Laurate – Lauryl Laurate is a hair conditioning agent and emulsion stabilizer.  It comes from lauryl alcohol and lauric acid.

Synthetic Wax – According to online information, Synthetic Wax is made from fossil fuel materials (gas/oil).  It is used to stabilize an emulsion to keep it from separating.  Other non-petroleum based ingredients perform the same function though.

PEI-10 – PEI-10 is a nonsurfactant “suspending agent”

Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride – This ingredient is an antistatic hair conditioning agent.  It’s also used in the shampoo from this same line of products as well.

Disodium EDTA – Disodium EDTA is a chelating ingredient used to fight against the effects of hard water.  It is used to “decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present”.

Ethylhexylglycerin – It’s a glyceryl ether mainly used to help preserve the mix.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone – These are used as preservatives but they can cause some allergic reactions in some people.

WHAT WOULD I CHANGE?

There may be too many thickeners in this conditioner which could be the reason why it sat on my hair.  I would get rid of the Stearyl and Cetyl alcohols.

I’d also get rid of the “synthetic wax”.  For all I know, the “synthetic wax” may be the sole reason why it doesn’t absorb well for my hair.  If you use a wax to make a hair product, make sure it has other uses which will contribute to the mix instead of simply keeping the emulsion from separating.  Otherwise, you could end up with something that will sit atop your hair.  At curlytea.com, you’ll often see me using Cera Bellina because it’s not from petroleum products.  It’s also a stabilizer and it can give a serum-like quality to oils, adding smoothness.

Propylene glycol can be skipped as well.   There’s a great glycol replacement ingredient called Naturesilk which is not from the petrochemical extraction process.  You’ll see Naturesilk as an ingredient in a number of my DIY recipes here at curlytea.com.

I’d also skip the Ceteareth-20.  I mean, for what? What’s the reason for this?  If it isn’t absolutely necessary, why use it?

And lastly, you guys know I use a real preservative.  I don’t play around with that.  But Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone is said to cause allergic reactions in some people.  Not everybody will experience irritation but I’d choose a different preservative or set of preservatives.

Related
http://www.essentialingredients.com/productdetailsingle.aspx?ItemNum=MM-SilsoftA-212-DR
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705315/PROPYLENE_GLYCOL/
http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/wheat-amino-acids
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703448/LAURYL_LAURATE/
https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/lauryl-laurate
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701225/CETEARETH-20/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/723595/SODIUM_ACETYLATED_HYALURONATE/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702146/DISODIUM_EDTA/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702352/ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN/
http://orgs.dermis.net/content/e05eecdrg/e05news/e686/e706/index_ger.html