Biotop hair line 911 was specifically designed for dry and damaged hair and for Brazilian Keratin treated hair. At the moment, all products in this line are only sold at beauty Salons (mostly in Canada), and cannot be obtained in other stores, or online. To learn more about the product or contact the company, please visit their website. The signature natural ingredient is Quinoa oil. The products contain no SLS, sodium chloride or paraben.
Quinoa is a grain-like plant, with seeds high in protein, and rich in essential amino acids. The sees also contain phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium. Because the extract is rich in the essential amino acid lysine, it is suggested that it helps in tissue repair. There is some scientific literature suggesting that quinoa helps preventing oxidative damage, but I have not seen a strong evidence for tissue or hair repair.
The product line includes
- Hair Mask
- All in one
- Oil ampules
I’ve received a sample kit for evaluation, and have tried the shampoo and the all-in-one.
911 Quinoa Shampoo
“Developed for dry, damaged, lifeless hair. Suitable for use after straightening treatments. Tames flyaway hair caused by static electricity.” Biotop
General experience – I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks, and I really like it. The consistency is more fluid than my normal shampoo, so I have to be careful not to use too much. While, with my everyday shampoo, I need to wash my hair every day, with this shampoo I can go 2-3 days without feeling that my hair is getting oily. Also, throughout the day, my hair style kept pretty well, and my hair did not get as messy as normal. The scent is very gentle. The shampoo did not cause any irritation. Overall, my hair looked healthy and was easy to style. This shampoo does not contain sulfate based detergents, and hence it did not foam immediately on contact, as sulfate-based shampoos. Nice foam was formed, only after massaging the shampoo on my hair for a while.
This shampoo uses a combination of sodium lauroyl glutamate, decyl glucoside and cocamidopropyl betaine as detergents (the cleaning function). All of these are significantly milder than sulfates, but the cocamidopropyl betaine may cause irritation or allergic reaction in sensitive people, and there is also a concern of contamination with nitrosamines that are by-products in the production of this detergent, and may lead to cancer.
Among the natural ingredients, in addition to quinoa oil there are also a Chamomile and Sage extracts (for scent), Shae butter and avocado oil for moisturizing and also wheat germ oil, thus, if you are very careful about gluten in your personal care products, this is not the product for you. Vitamins included in this shampoo are Vitamin A, Vitamin E and panthenol = pro-vitamin B5.
The preservatives used in this shampoo, and in all other products in this line are Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone (might cause irritation at certain concentrations), thus the product is paraben free.
Quinoa 911 All-in-One
“All treatments in 1, this innovative leave-in repairs, rehabilitates and detangles. Leaves hair with a deep sheen and silky softness. Contains thermal protection and UV filters. Particularly effective with straightening systems including Brazilian and Japanese treatment.” Biotop
General experience – I let my daughter to use this leave-in product. She loved it. It made her curly hair very easy to comb, and the scent, again, is very gentle. This is more of a conditioner, then a shampoo, though, so you need to apply it to a clean hair. Neither my daughter nor have a chemically treated hair, thus, I cannot witness to the efficiency of hair rehabilitation, although, personally, I don’t think it is possible to actually repair split ends, or physically damaged hair, as the hair shaft is dead, and any chemical should just coat the hair temporarily, without actually fixing the problem.
Ingredient analysis – although there is some quinoa oil in this product, its function is probably masked by all other, mostly synthetic ingredients in this product. This product is certainly not “natural”. None of the ingredients, however, are known to cause major problems with irritation, allergy or hormonal disruption. The preservative is phenoxyethanol. The only ingredient concern is the undisclosed fragrance. Some of these are often allergenic.
Overall, the 911 Quinoa product line includes pretty good and safe hair products, although, it cannot be called “natural”. Only time would tell how this product is received by the American market.