Performance claims are of increasing importance for the marketing of hair care products. Stable Micro Systems offers a wide range of specialist testing solutions to substantiate these claims. Examples of some of the many tests available are described in this document.


Hair and Hair Product

Hair and Hair Product Testing



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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
Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig
Allows manufacturers to measure
the ease of removal and application
of products such as sauces, pastes,
creams and gels.
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Hair Combing Rig
Enables the comb to be disengaged
at the end of each combing stroke
for realistic assessment of hair
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 fixatives from
aerosols, soap/cream from dispensers.
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Back/Forward Extrusion Rig
Forward and Backward extrusion
tests enable consistency
assessment of shampoo and
Thermal Cabinet
Wax firmness studies at different
temperatures can be carried out
with the use of a Thermal Cabinet.
The Texture Analyser Range

Compare Texture Analysers - take your choice of instrument

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Most popular
single column
Texture Analyser
for universal application
High capacity
twin column
Texture Analyser
Simple stand-alone
Texture Analyser
with limited capacity
and testing stroke
Capacity 50kg 750kg 10kg
Speed Range 0.01 - 40mm/s 0.01 - 40mm/s 0.01 - 10mm/s
Maximum Data Acquisition 500pps 500pps 400pps
Full Library Test Availability x x
Full Flexibility of
Test Programming
and Data Analysis
x x
Expandability x x
Ease of Use x
Portability x x

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
  • Stable Micro Systems
  • Rudolph Research Analytical
  • Novasina
  • 3NH Colorimeter
  • Triowin