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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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: Why do people use apple cider vinegar rinse after washing with alkaline products? Why not just make the shampoo bars with very low pH? (Tons of information about hair chemistry and shampoo bars…)

In the July Q&A post, I live in an area with very hard water, and I’ve heard that could cause a problem when using shampoo bars. I’ve also heard about apple cider vinegar rinse, which does not sound too pleasant to me. Would you shine more light on this? Does the vinegar rinse work because of...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Potential duplication for Perfectly Gentle shampoo from The Honest Company (part five)

We made it! We have a few more things to think about, then it’s formula time! To recap – part one, part two, part three, and part four – but the most important parts of this product are the surfactants, those bubbly, lathery, foamy things that make the shampoo do its magic! Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine,...

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Subscribers’ exclusive: Potential duplication for Perfectly Gentle shampoo from The Honest Company (part four)

We’ve been having some fun analyzing the ingredient list for this shampoo – part one, part two, and part three – but the most important parts of this product are the surfactants, those bubbly, lathery, foamy things that make the shampoo do its magic! I think it would be easier to use a blend or...

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