Glypure® glycolic acid is one of the most popular ingredients for anti-aging and exfoliation products. More recently it has been demonstrated to offer unique advantages in hair care.
Conventional daily-use hair care products are predominantly based on relatively large molecules. However, the size of the molecules suggests a limited ability for penetration and their efficacy is, therefore, restricted solely to the hair surface. The small size of the glycolic acid molecule is a principal factor in allowing rapid penetration into the hair. Once inside the bulk structure, it produces changes that are not attained using existing ingredients, resulting in significant benefits to hair moisturization, softness, strength and manageability for both healthy and chemically treated hair.
Studies have shown that Glypure® glycolic acid penetrates throughout the hair shaft, an effect that persists even after the hair dries. That’s why adding Glypure® glycolic acid to products as a hair care ingredient enables these products to provide important benefits that deliver the attributes consumers’ desire:
Glypure® glycolic acid offers many benefits as a hair care ingredient.
Five classes of experiments were conducted that showed glycolic acid, as a hair care ingredient, serves several functions in hair care products. Specifically, the addition of glycolic acid in a conditioning formulation can aid in conditioning hair and moisturizing both hair and scalp by penetrating the hair shaft and skin. Also, glycolic acid in a conditioning formulation provides moisturizing-like effects such as softness, and helps prevent hair breakage, giving hair overall better manageability.
Glypure® glycolic acid has the potential to transform the hair care market in a manner as significant as its impact on skin care 40 years ago.