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  • Hair Clay Consistency Not Sticky

    Posted by natzam44 on May 20, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Hello once again!

    I do apologize for the large number of threads which I have been creating lately but I just seem to keep running into problems.

    This one problem is a long-running one which I have attempted to fix for quite some time now.

    I’ve been formulating a clay pomade for my personal use and for some friends and everything about it is fantastic with one exception. You see, when I remove the product from the container and smear it onto my hand, the product does not seem to “stick” if you will. It seems kind of dry, if not a tiny bit flakey. It smears relatively well but it is not quite as sticky as I intend for it to be while handling.

    The formula is as follows:
    Water 39.5%
    Kaolin Clay 12%
    Beeswax 12%
    Emulsifying Wax NF 12%
    Grapeseed Oil 10%
    Soy Wax 7%
    Shea Butter 3%
    Bentonite Clay 2%
    Vegetable Glycerin 1%
    Euxyl PE9010 1%
    Fragrance 0.5%

    Could it be the glycerin which is creating this problem? I considered doing a knockout experiment but I am running low on some of my ingredients and would rather have some input before I try my next batch.


    natzam44 replied 4 years, 9 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • fekher

    May 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    @natzam44 actually i guess your product is o/w emulsion so you need to calculate required hlb because as i searched your emulsifier has 14,9 hlb wich is not your required one.

  • dr-catherine-pratt

    May 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Maybe you need less Kaolin clay and more glycerin. Have you got a thickener in there? what is your methodology?

  • natzam44

    May 20, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    @”Dr Catherine Pratt”

    I believe the problem is just having too much kaolin. I have changed my formula around and will do a test today. 

    I was hopeing to get away with a large amount of Kaolin but that just does not seem realistic when i look at the texture of my product.

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