From Esmee: She'd like more solid things as her daughter is a bit of a mixing mad scientist in the bathroom. I'm working on things so stay tuned!
From Christine P: Hi, I have a suggestion! I was wondering if you would consider doing another post on hair conditioners - specifically things you can do to add slip (other than silicones - nothing against them, just curious as to what else there is out there).
Thanks Christine for the suggestion! As I wrote the first post, I realized I hadn't done an in-depth look at cationic quaternary compounds. How did that happen? So before we get into looking at adding emollients to your conditioners, I thought I'd spend a few days taking a look at Incroquat BTMS, cetrimonium bromide, cetrimonium chloride, and Incroquat CR.
To answer the question, there are many options for adding slip to your conditioners like...
- cationic quaternary compounds
- cationic polymers (like polyquat 7, honeyquat, or cationic guar)
- hydrolyzed proteins
- vegetable oils
- vegetable butters
- fatty alcohols
- silicones (cyclomethicone and dimethicone) and silicone alternatives
And I'm going to take a look at each ingredient in turn so we can tweak our recipes to increase slip and glide!
But first...a look at cationic quaternary compounds, starting with BTMS.
As a note, if you want an intense conditioner with lots of slip and don't want to wait a week or so until this series has ended, please check out the intense conditioner post!