Polysorbate 20

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What it does: emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing 

The science

Polysorbate 20 is a common ingredient that, as a dispersant, helps water and oil to mix together. It can help to increase the solubility of some other ingredients in the formula and acts as a nonionic surfactant and wetting agent that enhances the spreadability of liquids, making the application process easier.

It is a thickener as well as a viscosity modifier, thus helping prevent changes to a product’s viscosity when it is subjected to varying room temperatures, such as extreme cold or heat. 

Benefits for your hair

Prevents static

As an anti-static agent, polysorbate 20 helps to reduce and prevent buildup of static charge. It also helps reduce frizz.

Promotes scalp health 

This ingredient helps to gently cleanse and soothe the hair and scalp.


Polysorbate 20 is a wonderful ingredient to add to your curl care regimen. It reduces frizz and promotes scalp health. It also improves the texture and application process.

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