Someone using a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner type product is probably washing his or her hair every day, so we want to reduce the surfactant concentration to 13% to 15% (similar to a daily use shampoo). We want to use anionic surfactants suitable for our hair type and add the 5% amphoteric surfactant (cocamidopropyl betaine) to increase mildness and thickening.
We'll increase the conditioning agents to 5% (polyquat 7 or honeyquat - Celquat H-100 at 5% would make a gel!) and increase the dimethicone to about 4%. Dry haired girls can increase some of the emollients - add a little PEG-7 cocoate or water soluble oil at up to 4% - to make their hair feel more moisturized. Oh, and we'll need to include our Crothix to thicken (up to 5% when the mixture has cooled) or up to 3% glycol distearate. I'm still including the aloe vera as a film former and because the extra electrolytes will help thicken what will be a very thin mixture! Oh, and don't forget the glycerin. This will behave as a lovely humectant. (If you're a frizzy haired girl, reduce this to 2% and increase your water amount.)
Ideally in this recipe we'd be using a water soluble dimethicone (click here for the raspberry water soluble dimethicone at the Herbarie) as it will deposit on your hair better than our regular dimethicone...but I don't have any. So I'll use our regular dimethicone with conditioning agents to make a 2 in 1. If you have water soluble dimethicone, use it at up to 4% in this shampoo.
A quick note: If you can get cetrimonium chloride, add it to this recipe at 2%. It will not only leave hair feeling really soft and detangled, but it can remove silicone build up from styling products! Chck out the post on this topic in about 45 minutes!
DAILY USE 2-IN-1 SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR NORMAL TO OILY HAIR
8% anionic surfactant
5% cocamidopropyl betaine
5% polyquat 7 or honeyquat
2% hydrolyzed protein
10% aloe vera
4% dimethicone or water soluble dimethicone
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance oil or essential oil
2% liquid Crothix
You can make this one cold, but let the mixture complete settle and the fragrance oil completely incorporate in your shampoo before adding the Crothix. Depending upon the fragrance oil, you may need more than 2% Crothix. This isn't a bad thing - it adds mildness to your creation.
You can turn any of your favourite shampoo recipes into a 2-in-1 by increasing the conditioning agents, reducing the surfactants, and adding more dimethicone. Give it a try!
Join me tomorrow to modify the conditioning shampoo for dry hair!