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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 Kruidvat Originals Nose pore strips Charcoal Lumin Charcoal Cleansing Pore Strip The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Aveda Pure-Formance Firm Hold Gel Avon Mark Magix Prep And Set Spray COLOR WOW Speed Dry - Blow Dry 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 Creme of Nature Argan Snot Curlsmith Hydro Style Flexi Gelly Curlsmith Shape Up Aqua Gel Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack Evo Shape Vixen Volumising Lotion Freezeframe BB Blur Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch 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 KIKO Milano 30 Days Extension Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf And 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 Matrix Super Defrizzer Matrix Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Curl Awakening Spray Rausch Styling Mousse Strong Aerosol Schwarzkopf Styling Gel Marathon Sisley Double Tenseur Syoss Hair Gel Tula Deep Exfoliating Blackhead Scrub elf cosmetics Clear Brow Gel iS Clinical Youth Serum AOA Studio Fat Lash Mascara - Black AXE Conditioning Cream Andrélon Pink Big Volume Föhnspray ArtDeco Clear Lash & Brow Gel Aveda Texture Tonic Avon Clearskin Blackhead Clearing Liquid Extraction Strip