This January we launched our Solid Conditioner Flakes – a plastic free solution to hair conditioner. But what are they?
These flakes are all the components on a plain hair conditioner conditioner, except for water. Just 30g of flakes will make up to a litre of conditioner. This super lightweight solution means they’re much less polluting to transport, as well as having the bonus of not having a plastic bottle.
They’re really easy to use. They need to be reconstituted with water that is at least 70 degrees celcius. An easy way of doing this is to add a tablespoon of cold water to one teaspoon of flakes, and slowly add boiling water (up to 50ml) until the mix goes cloudy. This means it’s hot enough to dissolve the flakes. Stir with a spoon and allow to cool. It’ll thicken as it cools. You can add water to thin it to your desired viscosity.
Flakes reconstituted like this will be okay to use for about two weeks and should be kept in a cool, dry place. If you want your conditioner to last longer, add Germaben II or Phenonip preservatives. However, in the spirit of not generating more plastic bottle waste, we just make small batches at a time. It only takes a minute.
Once your conditioner is cooled you can also add essential oils. Almond oil, cedarwood, coconut, jojoba, argon, lavender and chamomile are all examples of oils that are good for hair. Feel free to experiment and come up with the perfect conditioner for you!
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