How to thicken the conditioner


Currently im on development stage to make hair conditioner with below formulation. 
Demin water 82.4
Glycerin 3
Polyquartenium-10 0.5
Cetearyl alcohol 6
Cetyl alcohol 2
Bis-aminopropyl dimethicone 2
Dimethicone 1
Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl, Glycerin 0.8
Propanediol (and) Aqua (and) Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide 2
Candlenut glycolic extract 0.1
Kiwi Extract 0.2

I had a problem to emulsify for this formula, and the Cetyl or Cetearyl alcohol come to waxy form again in cooling process after i homogenized with Turax and the emulsion are not formed so they dont become thick. Anyone know what's the solution for this problem? 
Thank you.



  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    You can thicken with Hydroxyethylcellulose then cut back on the fatty alcohols.
  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    First, there is little or no point in using an expensive peptide product used in anti-aging products, in a hair conditioner.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but it sounds as if the emulsion separates out and fatty acids precipitate. If that's so, your emulsification system isn't adequate and I recommend:
    1. Eliminate the cetyl alcohol.
    2. Use a second emulsifier. Preferably two. I'd begin by changing the cetearyl to 4%, add 4% glyceryl stearate, and 2% Polysorbate 20. See how that works and adjust.
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  • You don't have an emulsifier.
    Cationic emulsifiers (like cetrimonium or behentrimonium) work better in conditioners.
    Fatty alcohols (cetyl, cetearyl stearyl) should thicken the formulation once you have a proper emulsifier there.
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