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  • How to thicken the conditioner

    Posted by bimaxx on December 20, 2019 at 12:42 am


    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
    Propanediol (and) Aqua (and) Pisum
    Sativum (Pea) Peptide
    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.


    Gunther replied 4 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    December 20, 2019 at 3:27 am

    You can thicken with Hydroxyethylcellulose then cut back on the fatty alcohols.

  • belassi

    December 23, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    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.

  • Gunther

    December 23, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    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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