Shampoo: A conditioning shampoo with SCI for dry hair.

I love SCI – as if you hadn’t noticed yet! – and we can make moisturizing and conditioning shampoos for dry or normal to oily hair by using either the type with stearic acid or the type without. Today we’ll be using the type with stearic acid (check with your supplier, but if you have…...

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Shampoo: A conditioning shampoo for dry hair.

Making a conditioning shampoo for dry hair is a little harder than making shampoo for normal or oily hair. For dry hair, we want to focus on mild surfactants, increasing the mildness of those surfactants, and increasing the emolliency. Dry haired girls should never ever shampoo without conditioning, and we’ll increase the conditioning power of…...

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A couple of thoughts about our hair…

As I was singing in the shower this morning (“Evidence” by Faith No More), I started thinking about the nature of washing our hair. Here are my thoughts… Do we need to rinse and repeat? Not usually. If your hair is especially greasy, yes, but otherwise, no. (Although I’m contradicting Homer who said, “Always repeat”.)…...

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E-mail question: What makes a hair product “colour safe”?

Mich writes to ask: A lot of shampoos and conditioners are labeled “safe for color-treated hair”.  What makes them color safe?  Are there ingredients that make color fade faster which those of us with colored hair should avoid?  Or is it just marketing? The colour on our hair fades in a few different ways – from…...

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Shampoo: A conditioning shampoo for oily hair

How do we modify a conditioning shampoo to be more suitable for oily hair? What’s the goal for an oily hair shampoo? To remove the sebum and other stuff in your hair without stripping it. We could use some really harsh detergents to accomplish this goal – SLS, for instance – but this will only…...

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Shampoo: Extended instructions for making shampoo

As per the comment on this post, here are some expanded instructions on how to make shampoo. (I’m expanding on this post – instructions for making shampoo – so I might repeat myself here.) Instructions for making a heated surfactant mix (this applies to all surfactant based products, including facial cleansers, body washes, bubble baths, and shampoos)…....

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E-mail question: Using oils in your hair

Laura posed this question: I would also be very interested to know what happens to the hair when we treat it with an oil mask for a few hours or even overnight and then wash the oil away with a shampoo. If the oil does not penetrate the hair cuticle, is there any benefit from this…...

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Shampoo: Modifying the basic shampoo recipe to be more conditioning!

What makes a conditioning shampoo conditioning? The conditioners, of course! A shampoo without conditioners is called a clarifying shampoo and it’s intended to remove styling products (although I used it when my hair was extremely oily as they don’t tend to contain moisturizers, either). The shampoo we made yesterday would be considered a clarifying shampoo…...

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Shampoo: Modifying your clarifying shampoo (or any shampoo) for hair with tons of styling products!

Clarifying shampoos are generally used to remove build up and not condition our hair. They’ll help remove styling product build up and cleanse your hair well. Ironically, one of the best ways to remove above normal levels of silicone build up (from anti-frizz and heat protecting sprays) is to use cetrimonium chloride, a cationic conditioning…...

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Shampoo: Clarifying shampoo for all hair types

If you want to make a basic or clarifying shampoo, just leave out the dimethicone and conditioning agents. That’s really what defines a clarifying shampoo. You can leave in all the lovely film formers – proteins, aloe vera – and the moisturizers, but you leave out the conditioning agents. (I tend to do this as…...

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