conditioner and a cream rinse? A cream rinse is basically a detangler that should eliminate fly-aways (reduce static charge), and give our hair a smooth feeling. A conditioner also has these goals, but offers an increase in glossiness or lustre, an increase in body or volume, and may include moisturizing and anti-frizz agents. Cream rinses are great for those with unprocessed or fine hair as they won't include a ton of ingredients that will weigh down that hair type. (These are great for kids with really tangly hair!)
So what do we use as the base of a cream rinse? We use something like Incroquat CR, a cationic quaternary compound that doesn't contain a lot of moisturizers and isn't a great emulsifier (which is irrelevant here as we aren't adding oils to these recipes), or cetrimonium chloride, which is a great detangling ingredient. Neither of these are really long chain cationic quaternary compounds, so they offer less conditioning to our hair but more detangling. Both offer a reduction in static charge, and both make our hair feel smooth. (You can also use Incroquat OSC at low levels in cream rinses, but I still have to make a conditioner including this ingredient, so I can't comment on it yet.)
You can also use BTMS-50 and cetrimonium chloride in a cream rinse, but we want to use them at very low levels and leave out the oils and silicones.
BASIC RINSE OFF CREAM RINSE
91% to 95% water
3% to 7% Incroquat CR
COOL DOWN PHASE
0.5% to 1% preservative
1% fragrance oil
Pretty basic, eh? Yet the Incroquat CR will offer some great softening, detangling, and anti-static properties suitable for any hair type.
Join me tomorrow for more fun creating cream rinses!