Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Increasing the viscosity of my epic rinse-off conditioner (part two)

Catch up on this series! We’ve been taking a look at conditioning hair masks. We started by analyzing Sephora’s hair sleeping mask, rose smoothing and anti-frizz version. Then, we analyzed Moroccanoil’s version in depth, and took a look at a few others very briefly. Then, we looked at the conditioning emulsifiers we might use along with some emollients…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Increasing the viscosity of my epic rinse-off conditioner (part one)

In this post – Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part one – Sephora’s hair sleeping mask collection! – I asked if you wanted me to write up a version of my rinse-off EPIC hair conditioner that included 3% cetearyl alcohol, which would be thicker,  and you said yes! So let’s do that now!…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part four – creating a coconut & argan oil overnight hair mask

We’ve been taking a look at conditioning hair masks over the last few days. We started by analyzing Sephora’s hair sleeping mask, rose smoothing and anti-frizz version. Then, we analyzed Moroccanoil’s version in depth, and took a look at a few others very briefly. Then, we looked at the conditioning emulsifiers we might use along with some…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part three – creating a formula!

We’ve been taking a look at conditioning hair masks over the last few days. Two days ago, we analyzed Sephora’s hair sleeping mask, rose smoothing and anti-frizz version; yesterday, we analyzed Moroccanoil’s version in depth, and took a look at a few others very briefly. Each of these contains water; a positively charged or cationic…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part two – MOROCCANOIL Restorative Hair Mask

Yesterday, we took a look at the Sephora hair sleeping mask conditioners. Today, let’s take a look at another one – MOROCCANOIL Restorative Hair Mask. ($53 Can for 250 ml/8 ounces at Sephora online.) The suggested usage is… “Apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair and comb through. Leave on for five to seven minutes and rinse thoroughly. Follow…...

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Let’s take a look at conditioning hair masks! Part one – Sephora’s hair sleeping mask collection!

I’ve been asked by a few people if we could make some hair conditioning masks, to which I say “yes! That would be great fun!” so let’s take a look at a few ingredient lists so we can see what these products contain and how to use them. First up, Sephora’s hair sleeping mask collection!…...

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#alltheingredients: AminoSensyl™ HC (cationic emulsifier)

AminoSensyl™ HC (INCI: Brassica alcohol and Brassicyl Valinate Esylate) is a brand new positively charged or cationic emulsifier suitable for use in lotions and conditioners. It’s an amino-acid based conditioner not based on quats that promises to condition, smooth, and strengthen hair. It’s 100% naturally compliant, and doesn’t require neutralization to increase or decrease the…...

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#alltheingredients: Emulsense HC (INCI: Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate (and) Brassica Alcohol) – naturally compliant conditioner

In the September Q&A, Patricia asked, Hi Susan. I have been a subscriber for a while now and just got myself upgraded and am so excited to see all the stuffs that i have been missing up till now :-). I have been using Varisoft in my conditioner bars up till now, but bought some…...

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#alltheingredients: Brassicyl Valinate Esylate and Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate (cationic ester, conditioning)

Brassicyl Valinate Esylate is an “amino acid lipid” derived from the amino acid, valine. It’s cationic or positively charged, so it acts as a conditioning agent that’s substantive to hair and skin, but it isn’t a quaternary compound, like behentrimonium methosulfate, behentrimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, or polyquaternium 7 to name a few. This ingredient is…...

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Q&A quickies: Conditioner thinning out as it cools? Using powdered surfactants in liquid products? Pressed vs heated shampoo bars?

In the September Q&A, Jenny asked: Hi Susan!! I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I have formulated a hair conditioner that I love with adaptations from your formula but when I make it sometimes (most times and even with precise measurements) after heating and holding and combining the ingredients together…...

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