Hello everyone, very happy to be a part of this forum and this is my first discussion
I'm facing a problem to find the right thickener/stabilizer for my formulation. I am trying to achieve a runny fluid, thick oil alike, transparent texture for my hair conditioner product. This conditioner will be used with heat as well (blow dryer/iron flat).
The goal is combining silicones and other watery mixtures (important to mention that those mixtures are stable and don't affect the texture, we can consider them as water).
Water - 80-85%
Silicones & hair conditioning agents- 15-20%
Carbopol 940 + TEA
Problem: it is becoming a gel but not elastic enough, even with low dosage. When standing in the bottle it sticks to it and
Carbopol 940 + Cetrimonium Chloride
Problem: same like with TEA
Problem: not elastic enough, tried several dosages and couldn't get it. The other problem is when using heat on the hair, this ingredient is causing a white powder on the hair and it's not convenient for use.
Gel base thickeners:
Problem: it is becoming s stable gel like previous options but still it's not elastic enough.
The best way to explain what texture i want to achieve is imagine yourself a product that looks like a Polyquaternium 7 - runny fluid, Gel alike. Elastic. Like honey.
I'm almost sure that there's a simple ingredient i can use which will help to thicken and stable the formulation.
Your help will be greatly appreciated!