What is it?
Polyquaternium-7 is a clear, colorless to pale yellow liquid. In cosmetics and personal care products, it is used in a wide variety of products including shampoos, hair conditioners and other hair products, bath soaps and cleansing products.
The safety of Polyquaternium-7 has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Polyquaternium-7 was safe as used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?
Polyquaternium-7 prevents or inhibits the buildup of static electricity and dries to form a thin coating that is absorbed onto the hair shaft. Polyquaternium-7 also helps hair hold its style by inhibiting the hair’s ability to absorb moisture.
Polyquaternium-7 is a quaternary ammonium compound (generally referred to as a “Quat”). Polyquaternium-7 is typically available as an 8% aqueous solution.