Conditioners: Solid conditioner (updated)

I love conditioner bars! They travel well, don’t over-condition, and aren’t hard to make! In short, they’re awesome! I’ve written a great deal about conditioner bars in the past (including a visual tutorial), so I’ll offer you those links now so you can see where the recipe originates, then we’ll do some tweaking. Formulating a...

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Conditioners: Very light leave in conditioners with cationic polymers

We’ve already seen what cationic polymers like honeyquat or polyquat 7 can do for a shampoo, so let’s take a look at using these as leave in conditioners suitable for fine hair or children’s hair. The cationic polymers are less conditioning than the cationic quaternary compounds like BTMS-50 or cetrimonium bromide, but they can offer...

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Conditioners: Detanglers using Amaze XT (updated)

Yep, Amaze XT has some wet and dry detangling properties we can use to make some gel based detanglers. We covered a bit about this product in the building viscosity post on surfactants, but let’s re-cap and add a bit more to our knowledge base. You can use a product like Amaze XT (INCI: Dehydroxanthan...

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We be camping!

We’re on a four day road trip of super holiday camping fun, leaving this morning for the wonderful Potholes State Park near Moses Lake, Washington and returning late on July 1st. We’ll be enjoying some fire roasted food, lots of swimming, a short trip for shopping in Spokane, a lot of Dungeons & Dragons, and...

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Conditioners: Detanglers with Incroquat CR

We took a look at using cetrimonium chloride in detangling sprays yesterday, so let’s look at Incroquat CR, another great detangling ingredient. Incroquat CR is easier to find than cetrimonium chloride and it will allow you to include some oils and silicones, if you want. You won’t get a clear product out of this recipe,...

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