But First – How JVN Hair Got Started
Superstar Jonathan Van Ness, more commonly known as JVN, became a household name in the U.S. and abroad through his breakout role as styling and grooming expert in Netflix’s Emmy award-winning show Queer Eye. Combined with his hit podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, and his growing 5M+ Instagram account, he reaches and speaks to modern consumers looking for a celebration of hair health, individual uniqueness, and science-backed, sustainable haircare. JVN launched his eponymous haircare line founded upon a hero ingredient: Neossance Hemisqualane. Today, JVN Hair is aiming to ignite a clean hair revolution with eco-consciousness at the heart of each product.
Three JVN Principles All Brands Can Embrace with Hemisqualane
1. Natural and Silicone-Free without Sacrificing Performance
Consumers are concerned about silicone buildup and poor hair outcomes: brands like Prose and media outlets like Byrdie are bringing to light how silicones can weigh hair down, prevent moisturizing ingredients from penetrating into the hair shaft, and ultimately cause hair to get either dry and brittle or look overly greasy as the body attempts to compensate for dryness. Yet, dimethicone — a common silicone in haircare and skincare — is still used in thousands of products each year. In addition, consumers are learning about why silicone-based compounds like D5 are restricted due to environmental concerns. Yet, silicones still find their way into hair products. While silicones were a staple of products in the ‘80s and ‘90s, brands can move on to greener, better performing solutions today.
JVN Hair is revolutionary on this front because it taps into this immediate need to move beyond silicones, paired with consumers’ core desire for naturally derived ingredients. Each product is specifically formulated to pinpoint hair concerns. The range includes shampoo and conditioner combos for every hair type from type 1 straight hair to type 4C curly coils. Beyond the traditional shampoos and conditioners, JVN Hair offers an innovative Instant Recovery Serum and Pre-Wash Scalp Oil.
Compared to keratin-based treatments, Neossance Hemisqualane provides equivalent damage reduction and hair elasticity benefits. Neossance Hemisqualane also protects hair on par with silicones: equivalent hair frizz reduction and color retention to dimethicone and equivalent combing ease to amodimethicone. It also offers the same thermal protection ability of the popular styling ingredient, polyquaternium-55. Neossance Hemisqualane is quickly overtaking the industry’s outdated ingredients by offering the same or better benefits using cutting-edge, eco-friendly, and ethical production.
2. Sustainability Is at the Heart of Every Hair Product
Neossance Hemisqualane unlocks sustainable brand-building opportunities for JVN Hair because it is sourced from a renewable feedstock — Bonsucro-certified sugarcane. Like all other Aprinnova ingredients, Neossance Hemisqualane offers a completely ethical and transparent supply chain of sugarcane, certified by Bonsucro. Sugarcane requires little to no irrigation, grows multiple times during the year, and reduces CO2. Amyris’ yeast-based fermentation platform processes this sugarcane to produce sustainable Neossance Hemisqualane.
High-tech, natural, and sustainable ingredients specifically resonate with sustainability-focused consumers. In the U.K., 47 percent of consumers agree that beauty products with an ethical certification are more trustworthy than those without one. Neossance Hemisqualane enables brands to tell the story of sustainability with the certifications to support their claims.
3. Multifunctional Haircare for All
Multi-benefit, easy-to-use ingredients give formulators flexibility to address any concern in any application. Neossance Hemisqualane displays the ultimate case study on how to define a naturally derived, hero superstar, allowing JVN Hair to help all hair types and all ages. Whether brands are formulating inclusive hair conditioners for type 2A waves or type 4B curls, Neossance Hemisqualane can offer deep conditioning benefits for any silicone-free product. JVN Hair showed that it is possible to create an entire eco-friendly line, from clean shampoo that’s safe for color-treated locks to hair cream that dramatically moisturizes hair.