Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Hair Water Based Hair Pomade

  • natzam44

    February 28, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Increase wax or add a different wax like candelilla. Lower PVP from 5% to 2%. 5% PVP is likely to produce a sticky, hardening mess. 

    Remove aloe gel.
    Remove lecithin, it is a horrible emulsifier.

    If you can, I would streak a sample of this product on an agar plate and incubate it just to see if anything grows. While it is not an accurate method of determining the efficacy of a preservative, it could give you some general info.

  • mshariq84

    February 28, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Thanks alot natzam44.

    Should i add additional 3% of PEG-40 HCO by replacing lecithin?

    Thanks in advance.

  • natzam44

    February 29, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I would say that an increase and wax combined with 5% HCO should be more than enough to form a stable emulsion. You will have to try it to find out though.

    Lecithin is a pretty poor emulsifier so it does not add much to the overall formula anyways.

  • mshariq84

    February 29, 2020 at 2:16 pm


    Will make a batch and update you.

  • hilcois

    May 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm


    Hi @mshariq84, may I know how the batch went? I am also interested in making a water based pomade.


    May 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    The carbomer has to be neutralized and lowered 3% is too much 1% should be enough with 1.1% triethanolamine

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