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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#alltheingredients: Keratin hydrolysate silox (hair care active)

On Saturday, I shared my new epic conditioner that uses ICE Conditioner or JEEQUAT® NDCS or Naturally Derived Conditioning System (INCI: Cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, sorbitan laurate.) On Sunday, we learned more about this ingredient, then on Monday, we made a cold process, light kukui nut oil conditioner or lotion with Jeequat® NDCS/ICE conditioner. Finally, in yesterday’s…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo recipe for oily hair

Yesterday we modified a dry hair recipe to include fewer ingredients. Let’s look at an oily hair recipe today. We can base it on this recipe for a conditioning shampoo for oily hair that you can find in the hair care section of the blog. CONDITIONING SHAMPOO RECIPE FOR OILY HAIR52% distilled water15% C14-16 olefin…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo recipe for dry hair

As we saw last week (and in August!), we can alter the ingredients in our products when we’re designing a line of things to be used together. If we’re using a conditioner after shampoo, we could make something very basic that contains only surfactants, water, and preservatives that would cleanse our hair, but it wouldn’t…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo – a few notes about oils

I’m asked a lot about including oils in shampoo, and I have to admit I’m not a fan of the idea. It’s not just because I’m an oily haired girl, but because there are a ton of ways of increasing moisturizing and hydrating in a shampoo that isn’t about the hassle of oils. The goal…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo – extracts

There are so many amazing extracts out there for our hair. Should we put them into our shampoo or leave them for conditioners? It’s hard to cover all the possible extracts in one post – heck, it’s hard to cover them all on one blog! – so I’ll go over some general concepts instead of…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo – panthenol and other humectants

Again, I admit I’m biased towards panthenol as it’s such a great ingredient for our hair, but do we need it in a shampoo if we’re including it in a conditioner? What does it bring to our hair? It offers moisturizing without oils, it can swell the hair shaft in a good way to moisturize…...

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Designing your product as a line: Shampoo – thickeners

A shampoo should have a certain viscosity to it. Not too thick so it won’t come out of the bottle, and not too thin that it spills out like water all over the tub. We want to to be like the porridge that horrible Goldilocks stole from the adorable baby bear – just right. We…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo – hydrolyzed proteins and amino acids

I love including hydrolyzed proteins in my shampoo, but is there a point in using it if you’re including  it in your conditioner? I admit that I have a huge weakness when it comes to proteins in my products. I kinda collect them – I’ve used many different ones, including hydrolyzed oat protein, hydrolyzed silk…...

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Designing your products as a line: Shampoo – dimethicones

Sorry for the long delay in posts – has it really been three months? Let’s resume our discussion about designing products as part of a series. Please check out this posts below to read from the start about shampoo! Shampoo – How does it work?Shampoo – What’s in it? SurfactantsShampoo – What’s in it? Other…...

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