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What Is Dimethicone Copolyol?

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Dimethicone copolyol is a common surfactant in many shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products. It is regularly used in antiperspirants and deodorants. It is found in skin and hair clarifying products, sunscreens, and moisturizers. Dimethicone copolyol is a low-odor ingredient that replaces other ingredients that have an unpleasant odor and was was pattented by Anthony J. O'lenick Jr. and Kevin A. O'lenick. The main purpose of this additive is to add shine and make hair feel more full. What is it? Dimethicone copolyol is derived from silicone, which is from silica. Unlike most silicon derivatives, it is soluble in water and combines regularly with inorganic oils and waxes. What Does it Do? Dimethicone copolyol softens and smoths skin and hair. It repels water and adds shine to hair. It helps certain personal care products spread more smoothly and evenly and in some cases acts as a moisturizer. Does it Clog Your Pores? Although it is a silicon derivative, dimethicone copolyol ... more
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