Barcelona, Spain – April 13, 2015 – Hair styling products are an integral part of popular culture. They both influence and reflect the latest cultural trends and phenomena, giving people a way to show others who they are and express how they feel about themselves. To help develop hair styling products that really resonate with consumers, BASF has put together the “Trends & Textures Box” – a set of formulations tailored to meet current hair styling trends. Offering most promising opportunities for manufacturers, each formulation has been developed to create popular, cutting-edge looks.
Enduring workout styles
Products that enable flawless hair styles even during workouts are on the rise – especially in the United States and on the European market. The formulation of such solutions poses challenges, since the product’s styling performance needs to defy sweat and salts. BASF’s “Trends & Textures Box” contains the Enduring Performance Styling Gel, which harnesses the thickening performance of Luvigel® Fit UP: The gelling agent does not thin and run in the presence of salts and thus offers a solution for sporty styling gels.
Texture and hold for classy looks
Classy, pinned-up hair styles, braids and plaits never go out of fashion. Creating these looks requires texture and hold, particularly at the hair roots. BASF’s Sleek and Styled Bodying Cream provides both – the soft, smooth cream provides texture and hold. The latter is achieved by BASF’s cationic polymer Luviquat® PQ11 AT 1.
Strong hold for wet looks
The wet look is celebrating a glamorous comeback on catwalks around the world. Creating authentic yet controlled wet looks depends on strong hold properties to keep the hair in place. BASF’s Out of the Shower Wet Look Styling Gel formulation provides this strong hold – thanks to the Ultrahold® Power. The gel is easily applied to the hair, pulling it back from the face, and creates stunning wet looks that highlight facial beauty.
Product textures reminiscent of spun sugar and soufflés
Exciting new textures as found in hair styling creams and soufflés spark interest in consumers and can crucially influence their purchasing decisions. BASF harnesses the natural sugar emulsifier Emulgade® Sucro for creating the soufflé-like texture of its Sugar Spun Smoothing Soufflé formulation. It was developed to effectively smooth down flyaway hair, condition dry ends and provide the hair with a soft and silky finish.
Solid setting for rebellious hair styles
Punky and spiky hair styles are back – not least because they signal youth, exuberance and a rebellious spirit. Creating these looks requires styling products with high setting properties and long-lasting hold. This can be achieved by combining cationic and anionic polymers – as in BASF’s Rock Hard Styling Gel: The anionic polymer Luviset® One provides both gel creation and setting properties, and the cationic polymer Luviquat® Supreme AT1 boosts the formulation’s styling performance.
Luviquat® Supreme AT1 offers added benefit of heat protection
The use of heat for hair styling forms an essential part of many people's daily grooming ritual. “That is why it is so important that styling polymers protect the hair against heat damage”, explained Nicole Kurth, Marketing Manager at Personal Care Europe. “Consumers do not want to sacrifice good hair condition when they style their hair.” Luviquat® Supreme AT1, already known as a cationic styling polymer for hair mousses, has been further investigated and found to provide effective heat protection of the hair during drying and styling. In addition to these new results, it offers high setting, long-lasting hold at high humidities and gives an elegant creamy foam.
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
About BASF’s Care Chemicals division
The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are the global leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients, pigments and UV filters. Superabsorbent polymers developed for the full spectrum of hygiene applications complete the range. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available on the Internet at www.care-chemicals.basf.com.