Friday, June 18, 2010

Conditioners: Cetrimonium bromide - modifying the recipes

Yesterday, we took a look at making basic conditioners with cetrimonium bromide - today, let's add some goodies to our creations! From our posts on BTMS-50 based conditioners, we know we can add all kinds of wonderful ingredients to our conditioners - proteins, silicones, cetrimonium chloride, and so on. So let's take a look at making cetrimonium bromide based conditioners for different hair types.

We took a look at making an intense conditioner with cetrimonium bromide in the post on adding butters to intense conditioners, so I won't go into it here. 


If you're an oily haired girl, you'll want to leave out the oils and cetyl alcohol in your conditioner. There's no point in making an awesome shampoo for oily hair only to put a ton back in before rinsing (unless you're going for an everyday washing kind of thing...) So we'll make our basic oily hair recipe using cetrimonium bromide but leaving out the emollient ingredients. This is a conditioning, detangling, and lubricating conditioner (thanks to the silicones!)

CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE CONDITIONER FOR OILY HAIR
HEATED PHASE
81% to 81.5% water
7% cetrimonium bromide
2% hydrolyzed protein
2% cetrimonium chloride

COOL DOWN PHASE
2% dimethicone
2% cyclomethicone
2% panthenol
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil

Use the general or alternate instructions for making a conditioner. Leave out the cetrimonium chloride if you don't have it, and feel free to leave out the silicones or use silicone substitutes.

If you're a dry haired girl, you might like to include some of those lovely oils and butters we talk about all the time to increase the moisturization of your hair. You can include silk protein (instead of oat protein) and you definitely want some cetyl alcohol in there to boost the substantivity of the conditioner and increase moisturization. You'll also want some humectants in there to help draw water to your hair!

CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE CONDITIONER FOR DRY HAIR
HEATED PHASE
71% water
7% cetrimonium bromide
2% hydrolyzed protein
3.5% cetyl alcohol
2% cetrimonium chloride
5% oils or butters of choice
2% glycerin or other humectant

COOL DOWN PHASE
2% dimethicone
2% cyclomethicone
2% panthenol
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance or essential oil

Use the general instructions for making conditioners for this recipe, and feel free to leave out whatever extra ingredients you want and add more water in its place.

If you're a normal haired girl, you can tweak these recipes how you like. I'd suggest taking out the heavy duty moisturizers - for instance, the oils or cetyl alcohol - from the dry hair recipe. Humectants can be a normal haired girl's friend, so you'll have to see how your hair handles it!

As a note, for these recipes you can include 10% aloe vera or 10% hydrosols or 0.5% extracts and other goodies in the usual way.

And finally, we can make a leave-in conditioner using cetrimonium bromide, but I'm saving that for a post in the leave-in conditioner series in the next few days...

Join me tomorrow for fun formulating a cream rinse!

4 comments:

Jasmine said...

For the United Kingdom and Euopean
readers the only place in the Uk/
Europe I found cetrimonium bromide at
is mistralni.co.uk. I emailed them
about cetrimonium bromide and they
said it was 100% active and they put it
in the water phase. There is no fatty
alcohol like the cetrimonium bromide you get in the usa so you have to add cetyl
alcohol, ect. You can email them to
ask about cetrimonium bromide, ect.
Im not affiliated with mistralni. I'm
just a home crafter that just trying to
share information on where to get
supplies for the Uk/Europe

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Why are they putting it in the water phase when they say it is slightly soluble in water?

Monique said...

Personal formulator does not sell cetrimonium bromide anymore. I called them. This what in the msds profile from the personal formulator web: Solubility in Water: Sparingly soluble 2 wt/wt% at 25C (77F)

Anonymous said...

Please email jaymee.tran@dishmangroup.com if you are interested in purchasing this product