How to make it Foam, needing resources or info

I currently have a unique, and successful formula for locking vivid color in hair and protecting from washout. 
Its somewhat similar to “leave in” conditioner consistency, generally speaking.
I am looking to adjust the formula to make it perform well with a foaming pump dispenser, and was hoping someone out there has had better luck finding a resource that covers this topic. Or if anyone here has intimate knowledge to share, I would be grateful.
I am wondering about best viscosity and potential additional ingredients that facilitate foaming etc...

Thanks in advance 


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Make it thin like water and be sure to have a surfactant in the formula. Polysorbate 20 will probably help with foam.

    But without a list of ingredients at least, there's not much more advice anyone can give you.
  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    Concur with Perry ... to get good foaming action from a foaming pump, it will need to be water-thin.  I've used Decyl Glucoside on several foaming products with success.
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  • Thanks guys! That was enough direction to write up plenty of test batch adjustments to test out. Much appreciated. 
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