Friday, March 11, 2011

Kiss My Face Upper Management Medium Hold Styling Gel

The search continues for a product that will tame my waves and curls, not dry them out and not trigger weepy eyes, runny nose, headache and descent into incoherence. 

"Where for art thou?", said Shakespeare- and I agree. I just hope there's a more promising conclusion for me than there was for Romeo or Juliet.

So I tried this one last week and it was just okay as far as taming my curls. I still had too much puffy fluff and not enough loose defined waves and curls once my hair dried. But it may not be Upper Management's fault and I'll get into that after the next paragraph. On the very bright side I had no reaction of any kind to the gel. Zip. Zero. Nada. Hurrah! On the less bright side it didn't work so well...

Kiss My Face photo
Skin Deep's database rates it a "1", although there is a very high data gap- as you'll see below. That means there's a lot that's not known yet about the ingredients. The research results are below or you can link directly to search for yourself: Skin Deep

So more about the puffy fluff. Now that I've stopped using any products that contain non-water soluble silicone all the rules have changed. Slippery, slide-y non-water silicone sealed the cuticle of my hair beautifully. I thought that was 'end of story'. The big surprise is that non-water soluble silicone is a big contributor to drying and frying hair. Mine is looking more and more like salt and pepper cotton candy if I don't use a non-water soluble silicone to paste down the cuticle (and if you don't mind another food reference). The Live Curly Live Free website has a lot more great information about this problem. Here's the link: Live Curly Live Free.

Until I find a product that's water soluble I've banished any conditioners with silicones from my cupboard: weeds begone.

Here's the report...



PRELIMINARY REPORT: The information on this page was entered by a Skin Deep user and has not been verified by EWG.
Given the incomplete information made available by companies and the government, EWG provides additional information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature. The chart below indicates that research studies have found that exposure to one or more ingredients in this product -- not the product itself -- caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers. Actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility -- information not available in Skin Deep.

Ingredients in this product are linked to:


Developmental/reproductive toxicity


Use restrictions
Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns

Ingredients from packaging: Urtica dioica; Calendula officinalis; Anthemis nobilis; Hyaluronic Acid; Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; Faex; Panthenol; Tocopherol; Citrus grandis

Directions from packaging: The directions were not available for this product.

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 data gap 
Multiple, additive exposure sources, Enhanced skin absorption
Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)
Multiple, additive exposure sources
Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
None Identified
None Identified
None Identified
None Identified
None Identified

Multiple, additive exposure sources*
*Listed below are multiple, additive exposure sources concerns for the ingredients used by this manufacturer, drawn from Skin Deep data sources. Some concerns may be specific to how a product is used or formulated; product scores reflect those variances.
type of concern
product conditions
Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available

Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food

Here's the link to go to the Skin Deep Website:
Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep


  1. I also have trouble finding products that support the curls but don't cause other issues. Oddly, the more "natural" ingredients a product has, the more my skin tends to react. Lately I've been using Diva Curl's sulfate free No Poo Shampoo and One Condition. The curls seem to like it, the scalp not so much.

  2. Yep, that’s what I’ve been learning, too. “Natural” products still have a chemical structure. And if it’s a structure I’m sensitive to it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s organic or “natural”.

    Do you follow the Naturally Curly forums? There are so many topics and people in them that sometimes I just give up. But I was in there today looking for some insight into non- irritating moisturizers and saw a big thread about scalp issues - I’ll find it for you.

    And just in case you’re not already spending far too much time weeding through the Naturally Curly forums and want to take up a new hobby (besides those adorable angry peeps!) here’s the URL-

    Thanks for checking out the blog and following along on my new obsession… hope we both get some answers…

  3. Thanks for the link and for looking for the thread for me. I don't follow the forums but I'll have extra time on my hands this week and will check it out. Go Curly Girls!