- Add more BTMS
- Add an oil or a butter
- Remove cetrimonium chloride from the recipe
- If you don't have cetearyl alcohol in your conditioner add it at 50% of the cationic compound (BTMS, cetrimonium bromide or cetrimonium chloride) and reduce the water content by the same amount. So, if you have 6% BTMS, add 3% cetearyl alcohol and remove 3% water - simple!
You can also use cetyl alcohol but I personally find that cetearyl alcohol works better.
Obviously, if you want to make a conditioner thinner if it is too thick then, you do the opposite:
- Reduce the amount of BTMS
- Use less vegetable oils or a butters
- Add cetrimonium chloride
Remember to keep to the usage rates advised by the manufacturer.
- For a weekly use conditioner you can go as high as 10% BTMS but for daily use I would not have more than 5%. In fact, I think 10% is pushing it even for a weekly use conditioner, I wouldn't go beyond 7/8%.
- With oils 5-10% is okay for us dry haired girls. Even up to 20% for an intense condition (but that is a lot). For oily haired girls 3-5% is plenty.
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