Need help with DIY co-washing conditioner

After I couldnīt find a single conditioner that didnīt have alcohol as the first ingredient (except some really expensive natural ones), I want to try and make my own.

I need help with figuring out the ingredients. Basically, I would like to know whether there is anything here that woudnīt be advised for co-washing.


There is a conditioner base, and to that you add extras depending on the hair type.

Base:
Water
Chitin
Lactic acid
Haarguar HT (Hydroxypropyl Guar, Hydrxypropyldrimonium Chloride)
Haarsoft ( Coco Glycoside (and) Glyceryl Oleate)
Cetyl Alcohol
Biokon (conservant)


Now, to this base you add the fancy stuff. It goes like this:

Normal hair: plant oil, silk protein, D-panthenol
Fine, thin hair: plant oil, silk protein, D-panthenol, Vithaar (= Aqua, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Oryza Sativa Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Citric Acid, Biotin )
Dry, split hair: plant oil, Nuratin P (= Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten), silk protein, Elastinpulver P (= Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein), D-Panthenol
Very dry, or negroidal hair: plant oil, Fluidlecithin CM (= Glycine Soja, Lecithin, Tocopherol), silk protein, D-Panthenol


Thanks in advance !
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Stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol are smoothing agents, not drying.

Here are some resources that may help:
Ingredients : Natural Hair Shopping List
Ingredients Commonly Used in Hair Care Products: Cationic Surfactants

Cationic surfactants can be used as cleansers.
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[FONT=arial]Stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol are smoothing agents, not drying.
Originally Posted by gecko
Thanks for the links.
Sometimes Cetyl alcohol appeared further down the list in the shampoos in stores, but the first one was always Alcohol (so Iīm guessing it was the drying Alcohol denat).
[FONT=arial]Stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol are smoothing agents, not drying.
Originally Posted by gecko
Thanks for the links.
Sometimes Cetyl alcohol appeared further down the list in the shampoos in stores, but the first one was always Alcohol (so Iīm guessing it was the drying Alcohol denat).
Originally Posted by eternalvoyageur
Really? I rarely find Alchohol denat in conditioners. Like the other poster said, most of the alcohols in conditioners are the good smoothing ones. PS. Treseme naturals is a pretty good conditioner and you can get like 32 ounces for like 6 bucks.

I personally use Nature's Gate Hemp conditioner. I buy it at my health food store. 5.79 for 16 ounces. Amazon sells them in bulk too. There are, for sure, more affordable CG friendly conditioners on the market. Garnier just started their pure clean line, too.
[FONT=arial]Stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol are smoothing agents, not drying.
Originally Posted by gecko
Thanks for the links.
Sometimes Cetyl alcohol appeared further down the list in the shampoos in stores, but the first one was always Alcohol (so Iīm guessing it was the drying Alcohol denat).
Originally Posted by eternalvoyageur
Really? I rarely find Alchohol denat in conditioners. Like the other poster said, most of the alcohols in conditioners are the good smoothing ones. PS. Treseme naturals is a pretty good conditioner and you can get like 32 ounces for like 6 bucks.

I personally use Nature's Gate Hemp conditioner. I buy it at my health food store. 5.79 for 16 ounces. Amazon sells them in bulk too. There are, for sure, more affordable CG friendly conditioners on the market. Garnier just started their pure clean line, too.
Originally Posted by Hairguru17
I assume that just "Alcohol" means denat. I live in Germany, so I canī t find any of the CG recommendations I will take a look at Garnier, but I donī t really want to buy anything from a company that does animal testing.
Do you have Aldi near you? The 5 Stars conditioner is great co CO washing and its really cheap!
Do you have Aldi near you? The 5 Stars conditioner is great co CO washing and its really cheap!
Originally Posted by Gilly07
I have one thats not really close, but Iīm willing to go great lengths for a good conditioner (pardon the pun ).

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