PEG-7 olivate and other water soluble oils aren't out to increase your greasiness and spoil that good hair day. Using it in small amounts can offer some emolliency and shine to your hair, so give it a try!
You already know how awesome SCI feels on your hair - creamy, foamy, and luxurious - but the oily haired girls need to avoid the stuff with stearic acid or suffer the wrath of the greasies! We can adapt a recipe for shampoo with SCI to be more emollient, which is a benefit for those of us with so-called greasy roots and dry ends. (This recipe is originally from this post, so if you want to see why I'm using the ingredients I'm using, please click here.)
CONDITIONING SHAMPOO FOR NORMAL HAIR WITH SCI & PEG-7 OLIVATE
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
10% SCI (without stearic acid)
5% surfactant of choice (SLeS, SMC Taurate, a blend, and so on)
10% aloe vera
2% hydrolyzed protein
5% PEG-7 olivate
COOL DOWN PHASE
3% cationic polymer like honeyquat or polyquat 7
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% to 2% fragrance or essential oils
(up to 2% Crothix - when cooled down - optional)
For oily hair, I'd suggest using 5% SCI (without stearic acid) and 10% surfactant of choice (C14-16 olefin sulfonate or a sulfosuccinate like DLS mild) for more oil removal. As well, oily haired girls might want to leave out the dimethicone and conditioning agents if you're finding your hair doesn't feel squeaky clean after washing: Save those for your conditioner (this also means it's now a clarifying shampoo).
If you're a dry haired girl, you can add PEG-7 olivate to any of your shampoo recipes for increased emolliency, but you might want to use something a lot more oily if you have really dry hair!
You can find all the shampoo recipes listed on this page.
Join me tomorrow for using a bunch of different esters in your conditioners!