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Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below.

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are also shown which are commonly used in this application area. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of hair and hair products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion, cutting/shearing.


Typical measurements include:

  • Fixatives: Hair Bending Strength, Dynamic Hairspray Analysis, Hair Tackiness, Stiffness and Flexibility of Polymers, Fixative Film Toughness, Fixative Tackiness, Aerosol Actuation Force

  • Shampoos/ Conditioner/ Smoothing Agents: Combability Testing, Back Extrusion Testing, Consistency Measurement
  • Tensile Properties of Hair
  • Waxes: Wax Hardness, Wax Stickiness
  • Sachet/Tube: Content removal force

Hair Tensile Testing

Film Support Rig

Sachet Tube Extrusion Rig

Tensile Grips
Tensile Grips can be used to
support hair fibres to determine 
stiffness/ bending strength.

Film Support Rig
This rig allows testing of thin, film-
like products to measure the burst 
strength, resilience and relaxation 
properties.

Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig
Allows manufacturers to measure
the ease of removal and application 
of products such as sauces, pastes,
 creams and gels.

Hair Combing Rig

Hair Gel assessment

Aerosol Actuation Force

Hair Combing Rig
Enables the comb to be disengaged
at the end of each combing stroke 
for realistic assessment of hair 
combability.

Penetration Tests
Used to assess hardness and
stickiness of styling waxes - 
spherical probes used where 
product surfaces are uneven.

Actuation Force Testing
Allows measurement of the force required to release hair fixative.

Back/Forward Extrusion Rig

Thermal Cabinet

Back/Forward Extrusion Rig
Forward and Backward extrusion
tests enable consistency
assessment of shampoo and
conditioner.

Thermal Cabinet
Wax firmness studies at different
temperatures can be carried out
with the use of a Thermal Cabinet.


Dynamic Hairspray Analysis

Dynamic Hairspray Analysis

The texture analyser, fitted with a sample holder and spraying devices, is used to determine stiffness of untreated and resin-modified hair, duration of tack, maximum value of tack force, and time of drying.


Application Studies are available for the testing of HAIR products using the TA.XT2i, TA.XTplus, TA.XTExpress  or TA.HDplus texture analysers.

In addition, scientific papers have been published which reference the use of the TA.XT2i/TA.XTplus/TA.HDplus in the testing of HAIR products.
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