A very long time ago - okay, it was December 6, 2015, but that's practically a lifetime on the 'net - I ended a series on designing your shampoo as part of a line of hair care products. To continue that series for this post, I wanted to share with you my new clarifying shampoo recipe.
I normally use a conditioning shampoo bar for oily hair, but noticed that my hair and scalp were feeling oilier than normal. I thought a clarifying shampoo would work to banish this feeling of greasiness, and set out to make one based on the recipe I made for that previous series.
I partially blame the use of SCI noodles with extra fatty acids for the oiliness issue. I bought some SCI granules from Windy Point Soap that don't contain these extra fatty acids, so I will be making more bars soon. I can use the old bars as body washes!
Please note, this isn't to say that SCI in noodle or flake form that could contain - but not always, so check with your supplier - extra fatty acids isn't a good thing. it's just that my extremely oily hair can't take it at the moment. Check out this post to learn more about the various versions of SCI!
What makes a clarifying shampoo different from a conditioning shampoo" Conditioning shampoos contain conditioning agents like dimethicone or cationic polymers that leave your hair feeling conditioned afterwards. A clarifying shampoo doesn't contain these ingredients. That really is the big difference!
CONDITIONING SHAMPOO RECIPE FOR OILY HAIR
52% distilled water
15% C14-16 olefin sulfonate
15% DLS mild
10% cocamidopropyl betaine
2% cationic polymer of choice
0.5% extract - grapeseed or rosemary
0.5% liquid Germall Plus (or other preservative at suggested usage rate)
up to 2% Crothix
This was my starting point for the recipe. I am leaving out the cationic polymer because I don't want conditioning in the product.
To make a product for my oily feeling hair, I wanted to use mild cleansers that work well with my hair type...