Diluting while preserving?

Hello everyone!

I'm back from vacation and have a new question. I have read around that it is bad to get water into hair care products because it causes them to go bad. Does anyone know why this is? I have once read it is because there are less preservatives in ratio to the whole volume of the whole thing. My guess might be cause water naturally has random bacteria in it. Maybe using distilled water would work? For example, Gelebration Spray is pretty much diluted Rockin Ringlets in a spray bottle. If you could just dilute Rockin Ringlets you'd end up with a lot more Gelebration for the same price!

Thanks!
Hiya... I think you're ok to dilute a small amount and use it as straight away, or maybe keep it in the fridge for a day or so but I think you're right in your assumption about preservatives... i.e. you have to have the appropriate preservatives for the new volume even if you used distilled water.

I'm sure there are people who know a lot more than me but i found a link to a site which sells conditioner ingredients and they sell preservatives and have recipies and stuff so you can see how much preservative you'd need percentage wise, however with all that said you probably still couldn't get the environment sterile enough for your mix to last more than a couple of weeks. I might be completely wrong though!

http://www.makingcosmetics.com/store...arget=d61.html
I don't know much about preservatives or making homemade products, but I think it wise to be careful. If you did dilute your product, I think it was good advice above to just keep the batch small.

Check out the hair recipes board. I recall there being a thread on using preservatives in homemade products.

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