Back to basics: Balms

We’ve taken a look at whipped butters and lotion bars, so let’s take a look at another type of anhydrous product – the balm. What exactly is a balm? It is a “medicated topical preparation for application to the skin…(that is) rubbed in” (from Wikipedia). Obviously I won’t be making any claims for the products…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – tweaking the butters and oils

I could probably start a blog called “modifying your oils and butters for lotion bars” and write posts every single day for a year going over every single possible combination – but since I already have a blog that I enjoy writing and since the whole point of this series of back to basics is…...

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Conditioners: Adding oils to leave-in conditioners

We know that adding oils to leave-in conditioners works well for dry and curly hair types, especially those who aren’t fond of silicones. Oils can reduce the impact of combing forces on wet hair by up to 20%, which can reduce potential damage to the cuticle. And oils can increase the shine and gloss of…...

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Conditioner: Adding oils to rinse off conditioners

There are as many opinions about which oils are good for your hair as there are oils, so for the most part, it’s really up to you to decide which oils you like best for your hair. Some oils are used regularly by commercial conditioners – jojoba, avocado, sweet almond – and those are good…...

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Conditioner: Adding oils – coconut oil

Oils and butters are a great way to get extra moisturizing for your hair and scalp into a conditioner. There are tons of different oil and butter choices you can make – some of it will depend upon the goals of the conditioner, some of it will depend on what you’ve got in your workshop…....

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E-mail question: Using oils in your hair

Laura posed this question: I would also be very interested to know what happens to the hair when we treat it with an oil mask for a few hours or even overnight and then wash the oil away with a shampoo. If the oil does not penetrate the hair cuticle, is there any benefit from this…...

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