Zero-Waste Hair Care: Ingredients for Great Hair Days ~ Conditioning ~

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a tough time with hair conditioners. I have fine hair, but lots of it, and I find that most conditioners really weigh my hair down, making it look stringy and limp. I also struggle with the time between washings. Using conventional conditioners, I usually have to wash my hair every second day (I ain’t got time for that)!

zero waste hair care: conditioning ingredients for great hair days


In formulating our hair bars, we rely on powerhouse conditioning ingredients that work beautifully in bar form. Today we’ll explore those ingredients and why we chose to include them in our hair products.

Main Conditioning Ingredient: Behentrimonium Methosulfate

Behentrimonium methosulfate is found in all of our conditioners and is a key conditioning ingredient. It is a gentle ingredient that is derived from non-genetically modified rapeseed oil. 

Behentrimonium methosulfate (otherwise known as BMS), is a very mild, yet effective ingredient known for its de-tangling and hair thickening properties. It is a cationic substance and a quaternary ammonium ingredient that contains the sulfate compound (but is not a sulfate in the traditional sense of the word). This ingredient delivers positively charged ions to hair, which cause the hair to smooth out, thus greatly reducing tangles and increasing slip. This is particularly useful for damaged hair, as damaged hair has a negative electric charge, pushing hairs away from each other and creating frizz and tangles.

Behentrimonium methosulfate directly deposits onto the hair follicle to smooth the cuticles and is highly regarded for its conditioning abilities. It can be found in many hair products like conditioner, detangler, shampoo and styling gel. It also acts as an emulsifying agent, gentle enough to be used in baby products that are left on the skin. When used in lotions and creams, it gives a soft and powdery after-touch to the skin and a dry shampoo effect to the roots of hair. One of the other benefits is that it detangles without causing build up, which is key for people with fine hair who want volume and lift without feeling like their hair is weighed down (like me!!).

Next up, we have several categories of ingredients that help our bars condition and leave hair feeling silky smooth, light weight and manageable.


These ingredients provide a smooth, even film on the surface of the hair, soften the hair, and do not yield an unpleasant sticky or greasy texture.

You’ll find two types of alcohols in our hair bars: cetearyl and cetyl

These fatty alcohols (which are not like the fermented stuff you may like to imbibe in) help with moisture and manageability. They act as emollients and they are known to soften your skin and hair. They also provide slip and lubrication in conditioners (like our bars!) which allows us to detangle our hair better and absorbs and locks in moisture, keeping the hair from drying out.


These ingredients work by attracting water and holding water in the hair.

  • Glycerine: Our vegetable-based glycerin is a humectant, designed to bring moisture into the hair and retain it by providing a barrier to keep the moisture locked in. 
  • Aloe: The pectin and sugar molecules can deliver moisture to the hair, and the amino acids and trace amounts of protein present can strengthen the cortex of damaged hair. It can act as a humectant as well, which can be beneficial in certain climates for specific hair types
  • D-Panthenol: This substance helps retain moisture. Its molecular structure allows it to attract moisture from the atmosphere and bind to water molecules. As D-Panthenol also spreads evenly on the surface of the hair strand, it forms a smooth film over hair cuticles that enhances light reflection and makes tresses look shinier and glossier. What’s more, the smooth film also gives hair strands “slip” to discourage nasty knots or tangles.

Occlusive agents

These ingredients increase the hair’s moisture levels by providing a physical barrier to reduce water evaporation.

Coconut oiljojoba oil, and olive oil are all used in our hair bars to ensure hydration and nutrition for the hair and scalp. These oils coat the shaft of hair strands, helping to keep it healthy and protected and giving it a smoother, sleeker and healthier appearance.

Wheat germ oil is also used in our conditioner bars. It is refined and therefore considered gluten-free, as the refining process removes gluten molecules. It provides many benefits for hair, including promoting healthy hair growth, fighting frizz and helping with the appearance of slips ends.

Seal the Deal: our Conditioner Bars Result in soft, manageable hair

We hope this post gives you a good overview of the main ingredients in our conditioner bars. The bars are gentle, long-lasting and very effective for the majority of hair types. 

As always, if you have any questions, let us know!



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  • i do like your condition bar better than the other one, but is there any way to make it have some lather or something?
    i know that sounds kookoo, but i feel the rubbing on just doesnt have the same coverage thru the hair. what part of the shampoo bar makes the lather? soap or is the lather just a carrier for the cleaning property of shampoo?

    suzanne on

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