Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White willow bark extract: Formulating hair care products

White willow bark is an excellent inclusion in a hair care product for someone with really oily hair or a dandruff prone scalp. The salicylic acid helps exfoliate the scalp, and the tannins are astringent - a winning combination.

We've taken a look at using rosemary extract in hair care products - do the same thing for white willow bark. Dissolve it in warm water and use in the cool down phase (or if you're using the liquid extract, just add it - it doesn't need dissolving). For someone with really oily hair or scalp - almost an excessive amount - consider adding it at 1% in one of the products and see how they like it before adding it to every product.

The point of a leave in conditioner is to offer conditioning and moisturizing to both your hair and scalp, with some detangling thrown in to help with combing. Include white willow bark extract at 0.5% in the cool down phase to help with really oily or dandruff-y scalps.

Here's a quick recipe for a scalp refresher for someone with dreads or a particularly dry scalp. I've added the minty ingredients for a slight tingle and cooling sensation - if you don't want that tingle, then use non-minty essential oils and hydrosols.

QUICK RECIPE FOR A SCALP REFRESHER
HEATED PHASE
53% distilled water
20% aloe vera
20% peppermint hydrosol (or other hydrosol of choice)
2% hydrolyzed protein
0.5% allantoin

COOL DOWN PHASE
2% panthenol
0.5% preservative
0.5% peppermint essential oil
0.5% spearmint essential oil
0.5% white willow bark
0.5% rosemary extract

Package in a spray bottle!

Join me tomorrow for fun formulating with white willow bark extract in body cleansing products!

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