Sunday, May 23, 2010

Shampoo: Modifying your clarifying shampoo (or any shampoo) for hair with tons of styling products!

Clarifying shampoos are generally used to remove build up and not condition our hair. They'll help remove styling product build up and cleanse your hair well. Ironically, one of the best ways to remove above normal levels of silicone build up (from anti-frizz and heat protecting sprays) is to use cetrimonium chloride, a cationic conditioning agent. You can include it in your shampoo at up to 2%, or include it in a conditioner or leave-in conditioner at the same amount. This will help remove extreme build up from silicones!

By definition, a shampoo with cetrimonium chloride means it's not a clarifying shampoo, but it's probably more clarifying than a shampoo without it! Don't you love irony?


p said...

That's more "Ironic" than anything in the song. So what removes cetrimonium chloride buildup from hair? Do you need a true clarifying shampoo for that?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

You don't need to worry so much about build-up if you're using a surfactant based shampoo (see the post here...) If you aren't, remember that cetrimonium chloride isn't a super-substantive conditioning agent (like BTMS or cetrimonium bromide), so using 2% shouldn't create substantial build-up over time.

As much as I like that album, there's pretty much nothing ironic in the song at all (except for the guy who was afraid to fly dying in a crash on his first flight). As a former English major, I can't hear that song without grinding my teeth.

Nancy Liedel said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Susan!
Since it is cationic, isn't it tricky to add to anionic mixes, with the opposite charges?

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi dansenpetiteculotte! No, I haven't had any problems including it in my shampoo. Maybe because it's such a small amount?