Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shampoo: Summary and permanent list of links

I figured a round-up of all the recipes and information on shampoo might be a good thing before we move onto conditioners tomorrow. You can find this as a permanent page on the right hand side of this blog under "links to lists".

So what have we learned about making shampoo?
  • Pick the right surfactants for your hair. 
  • A daily use shampoo has about 15% surfactants. 
  • A not-for-daily use shampoo has about 25% to 40% surfactants. 
  • Dry hair types need to use fewer surfactants, from 15% to 25% in any shampoo. 
  • A clarifying shampoo doesn't contain conditioning agents or silicones. 
  • A conditioning shampoo contains conditioning agents and/or silicones. 
  • A moisturizing shampoo contains humectants and emollients, like oils or glycol distearate. 
  • A conditioning, moisturizing shampoo contains conditioning agents and/or silicones, and emollients. 
  • A 2-in-1 shampoo contains lots of conditioning agents and/or silicones. 
  • There's no good definition for a "strengthening shampoo", although it does tend to be sulphate free and contains conditioners and proteins. 
  • Susan can't come up with good names for recipes. 
  • Making your own shampoo is awesome and addictive. 
We'll be learning more about shampoo as we continue our series on hair care products with conditioners...and I'm always up for your questions and comments, so please keep writing to me with ideas for posts!

Join me tomorrow for fun with conditioners!

1 comment:

Topcat said...

Thank you Susan! I have been asked to formulate a range of sls free shampoos and conditioners for my hairdresser to use in her salon and your wonderful posts about this have not only pointed me in the right direction, they have pretty much completely educated me in something I have no previous experience in....you rock!!! :D