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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

Better Not Younger Lift Me Up Hair Thickener CadeaVera CV Hautverfeinernde Clear-Up Strips Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Strips Kruidvat Originals Nose pore strips Charcoal Live Tinted Huebrow™ Lumin Charcoal Cleansing Pore Strip The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips Yadah Charcoal Cleansing Nose Pack Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Aveda Pure-Formance Firm Hold Gel Avon Mark Magix Prep And Set Spray BH Cosmetics Paradise Refresh Face Mist Bbi@ Last Eyebrow Shaper COLOR WOW Speed Dry - Blow Dry Spray Cantu Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel Catrice Clear & Fix Transparent Brow Gel Mascara Catrice Lash Brow Boost Elixir Cover fx High Performance Setting Spray Cover fx Water Cloud Primer + Pollution & Blue Light Defense Creme of Nature Argan Snot Curls Unleash Moisturizing Beeswax Color Blast (Color Pinky Swear) Curlsmith Fragrance Free Shine Jelly Curlsmith Hydro Style Flexi Gelly Curlsmith Shape Up Aqua Gel Dashing Extreme Cool Water Gel Dermasil LABS Lightweight Hair Gel Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Shaping Gelée Ellis Faas Lights E301 Ellis Faas Lights E307 Enliven men Hair Gel Pro Vitamin B5 Esfolio Strawberry Gummy Peel Off Nose Pack Evo Shape Vixen Volumising Lotion Evo Total Recoil Cream Explor Styling Gel - Medium Hard Formula Z Unsexy Setting Spray Freezeframe BB Blur Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch Gel Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel Garnier Hidra Rizos Hanz De Fuko Gravity Paste Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel I Dew Care Space Kitten Exfoliating Galactic Black Peel Off Mask Jafra Makeup Setting Spray Johnny B Fuddy Matte Styling Gel KIKO Milano 30 Days Extension Kallos Gogo Styling Gel Strong Hold Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist