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Making your own conditioner

Hello ladies,

I am seriously considering playing around with making my own conditioner. While I love how cg has brought out the curl in my hair, I also see that I can't just wash away ingredient issues so easily. I have become so sensitive to proteins that even the tiny amounts in things such as TooShea bug me. It doesn't even matter what kind of protein anymore. Many of the high powered conditioners that are protein free contain glycerin. My dye doesn't respond well to glycerin.

Suave, White Rain etc, can do well enough, but I'd like something with more Oomph.

I thought about making something with some behentrimonium as it has detangled well for me, some oils like avacado, jojoba, and or coconut as my hair likes oils. I am also thinking of looking for a humectant to add that works like glycerin and honey, but without the color effects. I've been reading about some of them on theherbarie.com

Have any of you gone to this length to make a conditioner? Is there a formula I should follow? Helpful books? I read about the water part and the oil part, but will just using a mixer blend them if I use an emulsifier like BTMS conditioning emulsifier?

Ah, so many questions....
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.

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  • mariposamariposa Posts: 177Registered Users
    Hello ladies,

    I am seriously considering playing around with making my own conditioner. While I love how cg has brought out the curl in my hair, I also see that I can't just wash away ingredient issues so easily. I have become so sensitive to proteins that even the tiny amounts in things such as TooShea bug me. It doesn't even matter what kind of protein anymore. Many of the high powered conditioners that are protein free contain glycerin. My dye doesn't respond well to glycerin.

    Suave, White Rain etc, can do well enough, but I'd like something with more Oomph.

    I thought about making something with some behentrimonium as it has detangled well for me, some oils like avacado, jojoba, and or coconut as my hair likes oils. I am also thinking of looking for a humectant to add that works like glycerin and honey, but without the color effects. I've been reading about some of them on theherbarie.com

    Have any of you gone to this length to make a conditioner? Is there a formula I should follow? Helpful books? I read about the water part and the oil part, but will just using a mixer blend them if I use an emulsifier like BTMS conditioning emulsifier?

    Ah, so many questions....

    do you need to make a wash-out conditioner or a leave-in?
    i've done both - was just about to post a new recipe

    ALSO there is already a great recipe in the homemade no-poo and one-c thread
    4a/4b tiny penspring curls
    Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

    hair growth journey
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fboboleta%2F" class="Popup
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Hi mariposa,

    I was thinking of one that could function as both, greedy as I am for results.

    I remember the One-C one on here. I had wondered what to use as a glycerin substitute.

    It'll be fun playing with it after New Year's, but having input from those of you with experience will be quite valuable. I'm just tired of having hair that is product picky.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • mariposamariposa Posts: 177Registered Users
    Hi mariposa,

    I was thinking of one that could function as both, greedy as I am for results.

    I remember the One-C one on here. I had wondered what to use as a glycerin substitute.

    It'll be fun playing with it after New Year's, but having input from those of you with experience will be quite valuable. I'm just tired of having hair that is product picky.

    forgot you didn't like glycerine - otherwise the one-c recipe is excellent...... perhaps substitute molasses or honey?...... they are both humectants

    anyway there are many recipes here
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fmotowngirl.com%2Frecipes.php" class="Popup

    try the honey rosemary conditioner - no glycerin there
    i made mine w- molasses and guar gum and it came out fantastic
    and you just need a little bit applied to wet hair - can use in the shower OR as a deep treatment

    if it's too thick i suppose you could water down the mixture but i recommend making a small quantity and see what it does.....


    try the wash
    4a/4b tiny penspring curls
    Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

    hair growth journey
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Fboboleta%2F" class="Popup
  • lisar5lisar5 Posts: 2Registered Users
    redcelticcurls,

    Have you checked out the honeyquat on the herberie's website? I just ordered some to whip up my own condish. Although it is derived from honey I think it has different properties and could work as a glycerin substitute. I will let you know

    BTW- I agree w/you on Tooshea. I was so excited to get it then majorly disappointed when I used it. My hair looked seriously fug.