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AkzoNobel Launches BALANCE® RCF, a Multifunctional Hair Styling Polymer

Published on 2014-04-09. Author : SpecialChem

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- Here is exciting news for formulators of styling gels and styling aids looking to achieve new product forms and performance benefits. A new fixative polymer that provides all the formulating flexibility, performance and special features they will need is being introduced by the Personal Care business of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry at in-cosmetics® 2014.

BALANCE® RCF (INCI: Acrylates/Ceteareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer) is an alkali swellable acrylic polymer that is specially designed to make crystal-clear hair gels. This unique polymer functions as both a fixative and a rheology modifier, allowing the formulator to replace two ingredients with one.

BALANCE® RCF polymer features unsurpassed formulating versatility: it can be used alone, with Carbomer and with other fixative polymers and rheology modifiers to achieve a wide range of textures, rheological properties and product performance benefits. Formulators will be able to use BALANCE® RCF polymer to develop high-performance gels, spray gels, styling creams, waxes, pomades, and other styling aids thanks to a number of unique benefits, including:

  • Superior hold and humidity resistance compared to traditional gel polymers
  • Provides both rheology modification/thickening and film formation
  • Robust compatibility with Carbomer
  • Forms crystal-clear gels and styling formulas
  • Excellent gloss
  • Cost-effective performance at low use levels
  • Ease of use
  • Wide formulating latitude.

"The excellent efficiency of BALANCE® RCF polymer allows formulators to use 50% less of the new polymer than PVP K-90, yet generate similar stiffness with improved on-hair sensory properties," notes Amanda Nelson, Technical Service Engineer II, Personal Care. In addition, BALANCE® RCF polymer provides volume and frizz control while contributing to system viscosity. "BALANCE® RCF polymer also has excellent curl retention under extreme conditions of humidity and temperature," Nelson adds.

BALANCE® RCF is compatible with many common gel ingredients and provides the formulator extensive flexibility and ease of use. An emulsion polymer, BALANCE® RCF polymer is soluble in both water and water/ethanol solutions when fully neutralized.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and producers of specialty chemicals. It supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for its customers. Its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, its 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of fast-changing world.

About AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, Personal Care Applications

Personal Care, a business of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, is one of the leaders in high-performance beauty technologies. Partnering with leading consumer personal care businesses, it provides world-class development resources that create solutions for personal care technology needs today and envision the market needs of tomorrow. It leverages its broad range of high-performance personal care technologies to provide new and innovative solutions that help create competitive products for beautiful, healthy hair and skin.

Source: AkzoNobel

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