How do I learn about new ingredients? STEPANQUAT® Helia (part six) – reviewing the formula from Stepan’s multicultural series

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? Did you enjoy putting together the ingredient reference chart? Did you take a look…...

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#alltheingredients: Rheosol CVH(E) (cold, cationic emulsifier)

We first met this super quick, easy to use, cationic (positively charged) emulsifier in the 10 minute lotion e-book last summer. It’s one of the ingredients used in Multicultural collection of hair products for textured or curly hair from Stepan, and I’d really like to make this product: THE MULTICULTURAL COLLECTION: REPLENISHING CONDITIONING TREATMENT WITH BAOBAB…...

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How do I learn about new ingredients? Join me as we learn more about STEPANQUAT® Helia (part three)

Welcome back! Did you have fun navigating all those lovely rabbit holes we fell down on Monday as we learned all about the chemistry of the three ingredients found in STEPANQUAT® Helia (INCI:  Disunfloweroylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Sunflower Seed Oil Glycerides (and) Lauryl Lactyl Lactate)? And did you have fun gathering information for our ingredient chart yesterday?…...

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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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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The formulas

I’m so excited to share this formula with you, as you can tell from all these exclamation marks! This is the nicest leave in conditioner I have ever made! It has made me so happy with my hair that I’ve been taking selfies and sharing them with you! I’ve never done that before! If you…...

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CONFIRMED! An epic level light leave in conditioner: The active ingredients

I made this leave in conditioner for the first time in November as we were experiencing an especially dry spell here in the Fraser Valley, and I thought I needed slightly more conditioning and hydrating than normal. It turns out it’s my favourite leave in of all time, suitable for all hair types, even fine…...

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Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Reviewing the active ingredients

At the risk of sounding arrogant, I cannot stress enough how much I love this new conditioner and leave in conditioner (coming soon)! These are the very best conditioners I’ve made for my hair ever! I’ve taken maybe 20 selfies in my entire life, and 17 of them have been since I made these conditioners…...

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Creating an epic level rinse off conditioner: Altering the conditioning emulsifier

Holy cow, I didn’t expect this to be a series, but here we are! If you want to catch up with what we’ve been discussing over the last week or so, here’s the list of links! CONFIRMED! Formula for an epic level rinse off conditioner with behentrimonium chloride #alltheingredients: ICE Conditioner or JEEQUAT® NDCS or…...

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#alltheingredients: Quaternized lemon shine (Hydroxypropyltrimonium Lemon Protein)

I’ve shared this ingredient with you in a few posts –  creating shampoo bars from scratch, conditioners and cationic polymers, Q&A: Creating liquid volumizing shampoo? Part four – actives, and this one, Q&A: Creating conditioners that add volume and retain curls? Using conditioning agents that won’t weigh down hair – cationic polymers, and Q&A: What’s a…...

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