Monday, July 19, 2010

Good or Bad ... Pantene Curl Defining Mousse

While at Walmart yesterday, I stumbled upon the "Pantene Curl Defining Mousse".  It boasts anti-frizz in high humidity without the use of silicones ... which drew my attention.  Here's a short description of the method:

"Pantene uses a polymer system that helps control friction and results in a voluminous and shapely curl. This curly hair mousse contains polymers that provide a strong hold to protect your style from frizz without sacrificing softness and shine."

So I purchased this product and used it this morning.  Needless to say, I love it so far and was looking forward to writing a review after several trials.  That was until I checked the hazard rating at the Cosmetics Database ...

... "7 out of 10 (high hazard)"

Umm, yea.  Hmm.  Will I continue to use the "Pantene Curl Defining Mousse"?  With that high of a hazard rating, uhh ... I'll seriously rethink this.  Ladies, research your product ingredients!


Vanessa said...

I luv my Pantene Hydrating Curls Conditioner. I should probably do the same and research the hazard level... scary!

Jc said...

If you look at the hazard level in detail the reason for the high rating are two ingredients DMDM hydantoin and fragance scored at a 9 and 8 respectively.

DMDM hydantoin is a preservative which does release formaldehyde keeping your cosmetics bacteria and fungi free. Funnily enough the database rates another formaldehyde releaser Diazolidnyl urea much lower at 6. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen no doubt about this. However at the levels added for preservation it is not known to be harmful. Some people are completely allergic to formaldehyde though and they would be advised not to use these products. Frankly the risk of an ineffective preservative is much worse because products like mousse have both the moisture and food supply to culture millions of bacteria.

The second ingredient fragrance rated at 8 is pretty alarmist in my opinion. Yes some people are allergic to fragrance especially on contact but most of us are not. Surely it would be mandatory for airports and shopping centres to screen off the cosmetic counters if fragrance was so terrifyingly bad. Frankly I would appreciate that result but only because I tend to get annoyed when the perfume ladies squirt the bottles at me without consent.

Loo said...

@Vanessa: Definitely try to learn as much as you can about what you're putting onto your hair/body. :o)

@Jc: Thanks so much for explaining the ingredients further. I wonder why Pantene bothers including DMDM hydantoin if it will probably be ineffective. Ideally I would like to use this product to do/touch-up my twists bi-weekly. Will exposing myself to formaldehyde that frequently have any adverse affect over time ... or is it just concentration-dependent? Hmm. Perhaps I'll experiment with other techniques in the mean time.