Changing the Internal Properties of Hair with Glypure™

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.Cosmetics & Toiletries November 2013 Cover

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.

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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:

  • Helps make hair better able to withstand heat. Hair treated with hair care ingredient Glypure™ glycolic acid delivers a moisturizing effect, making it ideal for hair that is styled with high-wattage blow driers, hot curlers, curling irons and straightening irons—without concerns about damaging the hair.
  • Makes hair more manageable, easier to style. Glypure™ glycolic acid as a hair care ingredient in a conditioning formulation provides hair with superior lubricity, which results in less friction and entanglement during combing and brushing, making hair less prone to breakage.
  • Helps make hair feel softer and smoother. Glypure™ glycolic acid in a hair conditioning formulation causes a significant decrease in elastic modulus, which is consistent with the effect of moisture on hair.
  • Moisturizes and exfoliates the scalp, resulting in less flaking to give the scalp a healthy look and feel. With a long-proven reputation as an effective exfoliant and moisturizer for the skin, Glypure™ glycolic acid provides this important added benefit to the scalp when used in hair care products.

Glypure™ glycolic acid offers proven results of several benefits to hair care products:


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.



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