Deep Hair Conditioner 12


Completely cooled deep hair conditioner on my finger.

Completely cooled deep hair conditioner on my finger.


After making the Simple Daily Hair Conditioner, I started thinking about formulating another conditioner that would work for those who need a little extra conditioning, help with moisture retention and even help detangling! I started by changing the Simple Daily Hair Conditioner formula to include ingredients I thought would be helpful in a deep hair conditioner.

Weighing the Conditioning Emulsifier.

Weighing the Conditioning Emulsifier.

I kept a few ingredients for the same reasons that I had used them in the Simple Daily Hair Conditioner. I used the same amounts of Conditioning Emulsifier, Horsetail Grass Extract, Chamomile Extract, French Lime Blossom Fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus. I also used Wheat Protein, but I increased the amount used to 2%.

Weighing some of the  ingredients to be heated.

Weighing some of the ingredients to be heated.

I knew I wanted to use both Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone for the conditioning that they provide hair. I also had a few other reasons too! I added Dimethicone as it has been noted to help with fly-away prevention, makes for easy brushing of hair and gives hair a shine. I chose Cyclomethicone because it has been noted to help make conditioners feel less sticky and help evenly spread products without making the hair look greasy.

Weighing the remaining ingredients to be heated.

Weighing the remaining ingredients to be heated.

I chose to add Macadamia Butter as an emollient oil that would help hair feel softer after the conditioner was used. I didn’t want the conditioner to be too heavy, so I added Colorless Jojoba to help keep the balance of oils in the hair even after using.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Water
Conditioning Emulsifier
Dimethicone
Cyclomethicone
Macadamia Butter
Wheat Protein
Colorless Jojoba
Horsetail Grass Extract
Chamomile Extract
French Lime Blossom Fragrance
Liquid Germall Plus
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: (Makes 3.53 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
3.35 ounces Water
0.54 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.18 ounces Dimethicone
0.09 ounces Cyclomethicone
0.09 ounces Macadamia Butter
0.09 ounces Wheat Protein
0.05 ounces Jojoba, Colorless
0.05 ounces Horsetail Extract
0.05 ounces Chamomile Extract
0.02 ounces French Lime Blossom Fragrance
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in grams:
74 grams Water
12 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
4 grams Dimethicone
2 grams Cyclomethicone
2 grams Macadamia Butter
2 grams Wheat Protein
1 gram Jojoba, Colorless
1 gram Horsetail Extract
1 gram Chamomile Extract
0.5 grams French Lime Blossom Fragrance
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
74% Water
12% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Dimethicone
2% Cyclomethicone
2% Macadamia Butter
2% Wheat Protein
1% Jojoba, Colorless
1% Horsetail Extract
1% Chamomile Extract
0.5% French Lime Blossom Fragrance
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

Melted ingredients.

Melted ingredients.

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (extracts, fragrance and Liquid Germall Plus) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. When this conditioner cools enough for the additives to be added, the texture is already very thick. I would recommend transferring to a plastic bag. You can cut a corner of the bag and pipe the conditioner into containers just like a bag of frosting! Once the conditioner is in the containers, cap and label. I would recommend using Grand Oval containers or bottles that use a High Viscosity Pump for this conditioner.

Cooling deep hair conditioner.

Cooling deep hair conditioner.

Hair Conditioner Notes: This heavy hair conditioner is very thick and only requires a small amount to be used. I tried this conditioner on my hair and was not very surprised to find that my super fine and oily hair looked even oilier and dirty after washing and then air drying. In the interest of testing, I was able to ask Jerry to use some on his hair for me to see how it worked on coarse Chinese hair. There was a massive difference! Jerry’s hair looked clean, shiny and relaxed while feeling soft. I will probably make another batch and ask some of my girl friends who have dry, curly and/or coarse hair.

I would like to hear your opinions about this conditioner! Would you try this?

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About Andee

I’m a twenty something soap snob. I’ve grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won’t tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!


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12 thoughts on “Deep Hair Conditioner

  • andrea

    I am excited to make some of this — need to order a couple of things first 🙂 My daughter has very fine but EXTREMELY curly hair that tangles really easily and is hard to keep tame. I am always looking for a good conditioner to try! Thank you!

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    • Tina

      If you want the same texture as this formulation, then no substitution can be made. If you are ok with a different texture and finish to the hair then you can try coconut oil fractions and jojoba oil for these silicone oils.

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  • Janet Schreiner

    Yes, I’m going to have some free time this weekend, and will try this recipe…thank you Andee

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  • Shelitha

    Hey, I’m African American and wanted to know how this formula would stack up against the Wen products? I would rather make it myself then to spend the money although it has proven to be a great product.

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    • Tina

      That is an excellent question. I am not familiar with Wen products and I could not compare. When you make this would you report back? Your insight would be very valuable.

      Tina

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  • ArtisanShelly

    Andee, for the daily hair conditioner, I see that 3 grams of Argon Oil are used, And one gram of Horsetail Extract. I want to make my own extract and want to steep Horsetail in the Argon oil, lightly heating it of course as to not hurt the Argon Oil, and steep the horsetail herb. So, instead of using 3 grams of Argon oil, could I just use 4 Grams? Meaning, I would use the 3 grams of Argon Oil (but it would have the herb horsetail in it, so now is also an extract) and then when the recipe asks for 1 gram of horsetail, I will just be using one more gram of the Argon oil, that has been infused with the Horsetail…this is how I would get my 4 grams up…so, will that work? I would of course have a more richer intensified horsetail extract in the hair conditioner, but that’s not a bad thing, I do not think…So, what do you think, will that work if I make my own extract this way? But then use that Argon Oil 2 different ways? I will get the extra Argon oil in the hair product, but then I will also get the extra extract in it as well. Yes, I love experimenting.

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    • Tina

      Jeaneane,

      Easy peasy! You will use our recipe that is listed in percentages. Since one pound is about 454 grams and we want a little extra to make sure you get exactly 1 pound in your finished container let’s make a batch that is 460 grams in size.
      460 * 74% = 340.4 grams water (the water is 74% of the finished weight you are making which is 460 grams)
      460 * 12% = 55.2 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
      460 * 4% = 18.4 grams Dimethicone
      Can you see how this is progressing? If you have any questions, just holler!
      Tina

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      • Jeaneane

        Thank You I got it, I am going to add argan oil to this because it helps my natural curly hair, can I omit the wheat protein and I can I replace the horsetail and use Bamboo extract?

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        • Tina

          Jeaneane,

          I like your ideas. I think they will work great! I have naturally straight hair so I feel like I am not a good advisor. Hair is a funny thing, isn’t it? I really like extracts in hair products, they really help hair a lot.

          Tina

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