LustrePlex - An AMAZING MOISTURIZER for Dry, Thick, Coarse Hair!!
LustrePlex has been around for a while, but not until the launch of Healthy Hair Plus's ProFolla Silk brand has it gained as much claim or recognition - especially as it relates to Black and African American hair. Here's why...
Targeting Specific Needs of Black Hair, African American Hair, Hispanic or Overly Dry Hair
Specific needs of Black Hair
certainly is a broad phrase, yet LustrePlex, developed by Croda labs,
has been patented to do just that - address biological requirements of
coarse, thick, curly common to Black and many ethnic hair types. The use
of LustrePlex in hair products can...
Improve overall appearance providing a lustrous, healthy and vibrant look and feel
Improve shine and reflectivity - especially needed for styles that have been chemically treated
Condition to add and help retain moisture and hydration
Control frizz and prevent tangles - especially helpful for hair/follicles that are porous and susceptible to high levels of humidity
No build-up - a requirement if styles demand use of sprays, gels, oils or mousse
Protects from cuticle damage - again, a requirement to guard against damage from flat irons, blow dryers, curlers and straighteners
Why The Fuss?
Hair is an interesting issue. For many of us, we do extraordinary
things to get the right style, cut, design...and we invest heavily in
products that help get us to where we want to be.
For Black hair,
the opportunity for styles is endless, but there requires a lot of
work. Straightening, relaxing, creams, gels, heated appliances (flat
irons, curling irons, et al), relaxers, and chemical treatments are just
the beginning if you want tightly curly hair straight, wavy or natural.
LustrePlex is one of the few ingredients - certainly the most successful - at
the fundamental needs required of thick, curly, coarse - and certainly -
chronically dry hair. While we won't delve into the biology of Black
hair, it's sufficient to say it's nature makes it very difficult to keep
moisturized; thus, there are continued problems with dryness, breaking,
loss of shine, and brittleness.
Controlling Frizz and Humidity Resistance
I believe we are all familiar with how high humidity and frizzy hair seem to go together.
frizz and puffiness is created as hair absorbs moisture beyond a
certain level. Relative humidity at or below 50% generally has little
effect on hair; however, as Relative Humidity (RH)
rises towards 80% follicles become super-saturated and begin to expand
resulting in increased curliness, loss of control, and the common term
moisture in the hair gives it flexibility and allows nutrients to
circulate and flow improving hair health. Conversely, low humidity
levels make hair dry, brittle and prone to damage - especially during
winter months when RF can be very low and is compounded by windy
was shown to significantly reduce the effect of RH on the expansion of
the follicle thus reducing frizz and out-of-control hair.
compared to several ingredients commonly used to prevent frizz, it show
a 10% more effectiveness than control elements and as much as 25%
improvement over similar active ingredients - especially compared to
PQ-10. In fact, studies indicate no relative increase hair tress frizz
with RH levels as high as 80%!
Keeping the Shine & Shine Retention
Repeated washings, shampooing and styling can greatly reduce shine - which for many is a key indicator of healthy hair
. In fact, studies indicate 3 shampoos sessions will reduce shine (Luster Index - L
) by as much as 20%.
in clinical studies compared to similar ingredients and with control
shampoos, the addition of LustrePlex in the formula allowed for a 97%
retention of L and reflectivity. This makes it especially useful for
styles that have been bleached, are styled or shampooed often or for
those that have been chemically treated.
Effectiveness of detangling is measured by Wet Combing
tests that measures the wet combing for and related friction.
Effectively, the "slip" is measured to baseline formulations and
conditioned and non-conditioned hair with silicone comparisons. Whether
used in shampoos or conditioners, detangling is a key component reviewed
on several hair types - including bleached hair. In studies, LustrePlex
reduced combing for and detangling effort as much as 29% with
significant improvements over comparable formulations on bleached and
Product Build-Up & Dulling
Though product build-up is not considered at the top of the list of
concerns by many consumers, it is an item of measurement when
considering efficacy of product ingredients. Build-up from shampoo,
conditioner, or styling aid residue dulls hair, increases it's weight
and can flatten styles. Often these effects go unnoticed until build-up
makes hair unmanageable leaving the consumer wondering what is wrong
with their style.
"clarifying shampoos" per se wash-away residue, it is helpful and
considered valuable to have an ingredient or shampoo that minimizes this
residue accumulation to begin with. LustrePlex, when compared to 3
other formulations and ingredients had superior rinseability and low
residue deposits - substantially increasing gloss and body over the
Strength & Protection
The ability of an ingredient to strengthen and protect is measured by Flexabrasion
- measurement of three components of hair fibers - tensile extension
(stretching), flexure and abrasion. In terms of strength - resistance to
damage and breakage, Flexabrasion is an indicator of splitting and
premature fracturing of the follicle shaft.
For excessively dry
or brittle hair types, this is critical. LusterPlex performed tests
showed significant improvement over control shampoos as well as a clarifying shampoo
- some of which strip protective oils leaving follicles weak and prone to damage.
Use in Conditioners
While much talk concerns use of LustrePlex in Black and African American hair products
- in particular shampoos, it is also an excellent additive used in conditioners. ProFolla Silk's Growth Conditioner
and Moisture Conditioner
both are formulated with LustrePlex for the very same reasons and benefits stated above.Considering
it washes-away clean and contains no sulfates, it's use in conditioners
provide even more of the benefits stated above - namely...
Significant humidity and frizz resistance
Protection from shine loss
No build-up or residue deposits
Improves strength, flexibility and damage protection
While LustrePlex may not be a cure for Black hair it certainly
provides many of the targeted treatments needed for maintaining healthy
Black hair. Its ability to decrease breakage, improve and maintain
shine, resist frizz and humidity, and add smoothness and detangling
benefits make it ideal for Black and African American hair products!