For bouncy curls that snap back and retain shape, this Phytocurl Defining Gel is a fluid gel that adapts to the shape of curls. Curl definition is provided, with a moisturized, natural hair feel. This formulation delivers shine and medium hold with no sign of residue. It is suitable for all lengths in either wet or dry application.

Phase Trade Name INCI Name % w/w
A Deionized water Aqua 74.14
Styleze™ CSP Polymer Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride 1.00
Natrosol™ 250 HR PC HEC Hydroxyethylcellulose 0.50
Sodium Hydroxide, 20% solution Sodium Hydroxide 0.01
B Deionized water Aqua 20.00
Sorbitol – 70% Sorbitol 1.50
Benzyl Alcohol (and) Aqua (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate 1.00
Styleze™ ES-1 Polymer Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride 0.50
Citric Acid – 50% Solution Citric Acid 0.25
C PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil 0.75
Fragrance 0.25
Deionized Water Aqua 0.10

Procedure for Phytocurl Defining Gel

  • Phase A: Add water into a beaker and start vigorous stirring preferable with a dissolve blade. In a separate container, premix Styleze™ CSP Polymer and Natrosol™ 250 HR PC HEC together and then add it into the main beaker. Stir until lump free. Add NaOH to bring the mixture to pH 9-10. Stir further 20 minutes until you get a smooth solution.
  • Phase B: In a separate beaker, add water, sorbitol, and (Benzyl Alcohol (and) Aqua (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate), and then start stirring using anchor stirrer for 3 minutes. Add Styleze™ ES-1 Polymer into the solution, disperse for 5 minutes, then add citric acid. Stir until fully solubilized (10 minutes).
  • Phase C: In a separate container, premix PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, fragrance, and water together. Mix until uniform and clear. Add Phase B into Phase A, and then add Phase C into Phase A. Mix further until homogenous. Adjust pH if needed.

Typical Properties

Description: slightly yellow, clear on hand
pH: 4-5
Viscosity: 3000 – 4000 cp, Brookfield RV 25C, 20 rpm, spindle #05

Phytocurl Defining Gel












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Formulation No. Z376-26A