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MOP C System Finishing Paste

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
March 30, 2011 Reviewed by admin 3 Comments
Let's face it, unless a man walks into the women's hair styling aisle, he's pretty much screwed when it comes buying decent hair products. We're forced to use products from brands like Axe and Gillette which wouldn't be an issue- if they focused more on their ingredients and less about trying to make their products smell like "SPORT." I don't know where they get these scents from.

With my hair becoming more and more of a bed head mess, I went in search of something to tame my short but stubbornly thick locks. I opted not to go with a gel/moose because once you break it's mold, it tends to look even worse than it was before, almost like a bad wig. So I turned my attention to a hair paste.

I was shopping for a brand that really focuses on what goes into their products and I came across MOP (Modern Organic Products) and their line of hair products. MOP offers two hair pastes, both seem fine, but I ended up with the "Finishing Paste" which they claimed would offer "light shine and easy moveability. " The paste itself is white but once applied to damp hair, you can't tell it's in there. With beeswax as the second ingredient, it has a sticky feeling that might be unnatural for some men who are used to either the jell-o like consistency of gel, or the spay on quality of hair spray.

I can see this product working well for someone with straight hair that isn't very thick. With my hair somewhat wavy and thick, it was a little hard to get this product to work without adding more. Ideally, it seems like it might work for someone who wants that messy hair look in layers, and could probably work well on women with short, straight hair. My only concern would be the summer heat. Using it now (in winter) leaves my hair with a nice solid hold that I can move around should I choose to change styles at the last minute but I'm not sure how it will hold up in the summer heat just yet. I worry that it might turn into a greasy and shiny mess due to all of the oils that's included in it.  Also included in the mix are the extracts from numerous fruits like mango, grapefruit seed, and papaya which are said to pack antioxidant support.  This all adds up to a pH of 5.6-6.6 which is ideal for hair.

At $15 you'll be getting a 2.65ounce container, I purchased mine at Whole Foods.


Water (Aqua), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (*Coconut/Palm Oil), Alcohol Denat. (*Grain), Cetearyl Alcohol (*Coconut/Palm Oil), PVP, PEG-10 Soy Sterol, Tribehenin (*Coconut/Vegetable Oil), Stearyl Stearate (*Mixed Vegetable), Sorbitol (*Corn), Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate (*Coconut/Palm Oil), Ceteareth-25 (*Coconut/Palm Oil), PEG-8 Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, VP/VA Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract (3), Rosa Canina Seed Extract (3), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (3), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (3), Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol,**Methylparaben, **Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum). *Source. **Food Grade. (3) Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International.
  • March 31, 2011

    by Dennis

    Thanks for the info... I've been wondering about that with hair products. does Retinyl Palmitate benefit hair in some way?

  • March 31, 2011

    by marta

    In order to damage, the retinyl palmitate would have to penetrate to the cellular level and unless you rub this into your scalp that isn't really going to happen. Same for the other chemicals. It certainly isn't a squeaky clean formula but the risks are less for a hair styling product than for something you would rub into your skin.

  • March 31, 2011

    by Dennis

    3 PEG's... two of which the cosmetic safety database rate as a moderate hazard, and one as a high hazard + 2 parabens, phenoxyethanol and retinyl palmitate? pass.

    This actually makes me curious about the danger of retinyl palmitate in hair products since the head is so exposed to the sun. any thoughts?

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