Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ingredient Profile | Cocamidopropyl Betaine

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In today's post I want to focus on the gentle surfactant, Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This ingredient is one that I look for when I am wanting to pick up a new sulfate-free shampoo. It is a must for anyone that wants to remove buildup from their hair but doesn't want the stripping effects of harsh sulfates like SLS and SLES. 

What is a surfactant?

The definition of a surfactant is in its name. Surfactants are chemicals that act on the surface of your hair to remove oil, dirt, etc. The charge of a surfactant effects how and how much it removes. I'll link to one of my favorite science beauty blogs so that you can geek out on the specifics. 

What is Cocamidopropyl Betaine?

Cocamidopropyl Betaine aka Coco Betaine is a cleansing and foaming agent derived from coconuts found in cleansers. In this case I'm focusing on hair cleansers--shampoo. This surfactant is favored as an ingredient in sulfate free shampoos because it produces lather and does not strip moisture from the hair. 

Why should you use Cocamidopropyl Betaine?

There's a secret that Coco Betaine is can remove silicones! Yes! Now, I know that some of my "hard core followers" may be wondering why I would care about a shampoo removing an ingredient that I don't use on my hair. Here's the thing, though I may not use silicones on my hair, I do use oils. Oils can build up on your hair and dry it out if not removed properly. Better moisture retention is a big reason behind why I use shampoos with this as an ingredient.

Where can I find Cocamidopropyl Betaine shampoos?

It would be cruel of me to tell you all about this ingredient, then leave you to hunt it out on your own. Below are some suggestions of shampoos that contain Coco Betaine.

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