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Conditioner Recipe Won't Thicken Up

by Rachel
(St. Louis, MO)


I'm trying out your basic recipe for the first time to try and find a cheaper and healthier alternative for my hair.

When I mix in the water and whisk, the base doesn't thicken up. Is it supposes to be watery because I thought the Emulsifying Wax should have helped make it creamy. What am I doing wrong?

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I would suggest ... NEW
by: Anonymous

using a blender. Put the warm water in the blender and start it on blend. Remove the center from the lid and pour in the melted oils & wax. So long as the two liquids are within 15 degrees of each other, and neither is boiling, it will emulsify nearly instantaneously. Remove the blender lid and use a spatula to gently scrape the sides in toward the middle, taking care not to get the spatula caught in the whirring blades. When there is no water, turn off blender and scoop/pour into containers.

Tah dah!

Cleasning Conditioner Recipe NEW
by: Kyley

Hey Rachel,

That's a really interesting question. I have no idea if that would work or not. I did a bit of research on the internet and checked my books, and I didn't see any recipes that combines castille soap with conditioner.

My advice is to make a tiny little bit of it, try it out and see what happens. Maybe take some of your conditioner and add a dab of castille soap to it rather than making a whole batch.

I'd love to know how it turns out! Thanks for posting :)

A question about castile soap NEW
by: Rachel

Hi Kyley,

Thanks again about the Em. wax. My conditioner thicken up really nice and creamy. I had a question cuase I wanted to try and make a cleansing conditioner but i didnt want to buy all the chemicals it would take to make it (I want to stay as natural as possible) so has anyone ever tried adding castile soap to your conditioner recipe before? I figured sence its all veggie based it would work together. Can you give me some advise if I should try it or not I would really appreciate it.

Thanks Rachel

Thanks for the advice!
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much I though that could have been the problem but I didnt want to do it incase it could have been too much water. I will try that out and I will get back to you on how it works out!!

Making your conditioner thicker
by: Kyley

Hi Rachel,

You're likely not doing anything wrong. It could be as simple as you having a different type of emulsifying wax than I use, so all you do is add more emulsifying wax.

If I were you, I'd make another batch with at least double (maybe triple?) the emulsifying wax to make it really thick, then I'd combine the old batch of watery conditioner with the new, super-thick conditioner to get the middle thickness you're looking for. That way you don't waste any.

It's just a question of experimentation with the amount of E wax to get the right consistency. If it never thickens, I'd say buy a different emulsifying wax :)

Let me know if it doesn't work, with step by step details on exactly what you're doing, and I'll see if I can figure out the problem.

Hope that helps, and best of luck!

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