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Also-called-like-this: Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone
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These three letters stand for Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone, a big molecule created from repeated units of Vinyl Pyrrolidone, aka VP. Its main thing is being an important film former. It was the first synthetic polymer introduced as a hair fixative in the 1950s instead of insect-derived Shellac. 

So PVP likes to attach itself to surfaces such as the hair and the skin and forms a nice, thin, even film there. The film is useful for holding a hairstyle or extending the wear of color cosmetics and sunscreens. The disadvantage of PVP is that the film is a bit brittle and that PVP loves water (hygroscopic) that tends to destroy the film. This is the reason why hair styled with a PVP based product loses its style in high humidity. To fix this problem, there are now several versions of VP containing film formers that are less sensitive to humidity, for example, the molecule called VP/VA Copolymer

Products with PVP

Kruidvat Originals Nose pore strips Charcoal The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Avon Mark Magix Prep And Set Spray Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel Catrice Lash Brow Boost Elixir Cover fx High Performance Setting Spray Cover fx Water Cloud Primer + Pollution & Blue Light Defense Curlsmith Hydro Style Flexi Gelly Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack Freezeframe BB Blur Garnier Hidra Rizos Hanz De Fuko Gravity Paste Jafra Makeup Setting Spray Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask Kiko 30 Days Extension Night Treatment Booster LA Looks Extreme Sport Styling Gel Maria Nila Ocean Spray Maria Nila Salty Cream Maria Nila Salty Mist Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Curl Awakening Spray Syoss Hair Gel Tula Deep Exfoliating Blackhead Scrub elf cosmetics Clear Brow Gel iS Clinical Youth Serum AXE Conditioning Cream ArtDeco Clear Lash & Brow Gel Avon Mark MagiX Setting Spray Barry M Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish Beauty bakerie Spray Your Grace Baking Spray Setting Spray Bielenda Graffiti Hair Gel Strong Blue Jar COLOR WOW Raise The Root Thicken And Lift Spray Caia Setting Spray - That Extra Hydration Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray Contour Cosmetics All Day Spray Makeup Setting Spray Cover fx Illuminating Setting Spray Cyberderm Exfoliant Reveal Treatment Essence Keep It Perfect! Make-Up Fixing Spray Essence Lash And Brow Gel Mascara FLOWER Beauty Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray Helena Professional Hair Gel Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel Imperial Gel Pomade L'Oreal Paris Pro-Spray And Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray LILAH B. Aglow™ Face Mist Lancôme Fix It And Forget It Setting Spray LimeLife Oil-Strike Setting Spray PLUM E-Luminence "The Bright Mix" Face Serum Patricks M1 Matte Finish | Light Hold