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Genamin® CTAC Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride

Genamin® CTAC Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride

Genamin CTAC is a cationic surfactant that is mainly used in creme rinses and hair conditioners. As a cationic surfactant, it is absorbed onto negatively charged surfaces without leaving a visible film, for example on the hair. This product also has applications in the manufacture of antistatic fixatives for permanent waving, hair lotions, shampoos and styling creams.
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Features & Benefits

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As a liquid Genamin® CTAC is easy to formulate into a broad range of cosmetic preparations.

Genamin® CTAC is absorbed onto the hair from aqueous and alcoholic solutions as well as from emulsions (dispersions) also in combination with other additives, such as film-forming agents and fatty components and, because of the reduction in surface resistance, prevents the hair flying after combing.

Hair damaged by bleaching, permanent waving or excessive degreasing tends to mat. Genamin® CTAC, used in cream after treatment preparations, considerably improves the wet combing properties and the condition of the hair. Unlike other cationic surfactants, Genamin® CTAC possesses excellent foaming properties.

Product Features

As a cationic surfactant, Genamin® CTAC is adsorbed onto negatively charged surfaces without leaving a visible film, for example on the hair. Because of this and its associated properties, Genamin® CTAC is especially suitable as an active ingredient for hair cosmetics.

Genamin® CTAC considerably improves the wet and dry combing properties and offers a good softening effect for normal hair.

Genamin® CTAC has a superb antistatic effect.

Applications & Uses

Recommended Uses

Genamin® CTAC is used mainly in cream rinses and hair conditioners. The concentration required depends on the hair. The more damaged the hair is the more Genamin® CTAC will be used to achieve best effect, starting at about 0.5% up to 2.0%, relative to the active substance.

Other possible applications are in the manufacture of

  • Antistatic fixatives for permanent waving
  • Hair lotions
  • Shampoos
  • Styling creams.
Processing instructions

Genamin® CTAC is mixed together with the emulsifier, especially nonionic are well suited, consistency modifier and any oils used at approx. 75 °C. The aqueous phase is heated separately and added while stirring the quat/consistency modifier/oil phase.

Active substances and perfume oils should be added only after the mixture has cooled down to about 35 °C.


Physical Form
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Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Active Content29%-
Ash Contentmax. 0.5%-
Free amine + amine hydrochloride Contentmax. 0.8%-
pH (1% active substance in water)5.0 - 7.0--

Technical Details & Test Data

Product Solubility

Genamin® CTAC is miscible with water in any ratio.

pH stability

As a quaternary ammonium salt Genamin® CTAC possesses excellent stability over a wide pH range. It differs from tertiary amines in that the cation persists also in alkaline medium.


Genamin® CTAC can be used in combination with other cationic surfactants to allow special effects with regard to wet and dry combing properties and the feel of the shampooed hair.

Genamin® CTAC is compatible with nonionic and amphoteric surfactants.

Genamin® CTAC reacts with anionic surfactants by forming electroneutral salts; most of these are only sparingly soluble in water but stable solutions can be obtained by using an excess of an anionic compound.

No signs of incompatibility were observed with mixtures consisting of Genamin® CTAC and commercial film-forming agents such as polyvinyl pyrrolidone, PVA and PVP/VA. Genamin® CTAC is also compatible with protein derivatives, especially in the acid pH range.

Packaging & Availability

Regional Availability

Storage & Handling

Storage and Handling

The product must be protected from excessively high and low temperatures during storage.

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