Creating cleansing conditioners: A rant about not combining anionic and cationic ingredients, plus loads of links to formulas

Warning: Rant ahead! (I’m ranting a lot this week, eh?) In my class on Saturday, one of the participants  shared with me before we started that she didn’t think she was cut out for formulating. She tried a recipe from a DIY blog for a conditioning shampoo that combined 14% SCI and 5% foaming silk with…...

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Q&A quickie: Why do my conditioner bars look like this?

In this post on conditioner bars – Weekend Wonderings: All about conditioner bars – Cassandra asked, I’ve been making these conditioner bars and sometimes they do this. Why? They cooled too slowly and were probably on a surface that was bumped a little, even something as simple as writing something down and jiggling the table…...

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Q&A: Can you help me create a stable version of this leave in conditioner? 

In the November Q&A, Melanie asked: I have made your Swift’s Favourite Winter Time Leave in Conditioner with Incroquat CR with some modifications depending on what I have available, and I increase the BTMS because my hair is processed. I love the end product, but I find it pretty much always separates. The formula I use…...

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Q&A: Do some conditioners really benefit your hair by leaving the conditioner on longer? What’s the right pH for hair care products? Can we use Eversmooth LC-HC01 in a conditioner bar? And am I writing an e-book on conditioner bars?

In the September Q&A, SuZanBare asked, Do some conditioners really benefit your hair by leaving the conditioner on longer? The short answer is there really isn’t a benefit when it comes to conditioning, but there may be when it comes to oils. From this post, How much conditioner should we use and how long should we…...

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Formulating conditioners: Thickening a leave in conditioner

In this post, Conditioners: Modifying the leave-in conditioner with Incroquat CR, Allison asked: If I wanted to make this a little thicker, say, about the consistency of a light lotion, what would be a good thickener to add? Or perhaps just more BTMS? I have such bad luck with spray bottles getting clogged/malfunctioning that I think I’d like…...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine – a few variations

Yesterday, we took a look at how to make another rinse off conditioner with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine. Today, let’s look at a few variations on this formula so you can modify it for your hair type. If you have dry hair, you’ll want to include humectants and emollients in your version. Glycerin can be a great…...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine – another formula

Yesterday, we took another look at stearamidopropyl dimethylamine and how to use it in formulas for fine or curly hair to retain volume and reduce that feeling of being weighed down. Today, let’s modify that formula to include some other things we like for our hair. We need to use some kind of fatty alcohol…...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

Welcome back to this series on creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls! We’ve been taking a look at different ways to formulate rinse off and leave in conditioners – check out the links at the bottom of this post for the rest of the series – and today I thought we could take…...

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Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Creating rinse off conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65, actives, extracts, and humectants 

Last week, we started this series by using Varisoft EQ 65 to make very light, fluffy rinse off conditioners. Let’s make a few light, fluffy rinse off conditioners using some of the ingredients and actives we met the other day. I haven’t found the Volumizing Complex does much in a rinse off conditioner, but you’re…...

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Q&A: Creating light, leave in conditioners with cationic polymers and humectants

Yesterday, we took a look at a few actives and extracts we can use to create volume and retain curls. Today, let’s take a look at incorporating them into conditioners! As everything we met yesterday – propanediol 1,3, panthenol, betaine, Volumizing complex, Lycopene bioferment, and Kera straightening and curl – is water soluble, the only thing we…...

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