Debug my shampoo formula
Hi all, long time lurker of this website here. I’ve been searching highs and lows of the internet for info but cannot figure out what’s wrong with my current powder-based, mild shampoo. Would appreciate if you can tell me what’s possibly causing this:
Every time (2x/week) after I shower with the shampoo (no conditioner used after), the following happens. I have normal/dry hair.
- 1 hour later, hair still wet-ish is soft/feels great
- 3 hrs later, as hair dries, hair turns "poofy" (not static-y but looks puffy like a poodle) and feels straw-like/dry. Especially outer layer of hair, I can feel the “strands”.
- 5 hrs later + next day, hair becomes limp and soft again. The PH is ~4.5.
Cocoyl Hydroxysultaine 7%
SMCT (more potent powder form) 5%
SCI (powder form) 2%
Cationic Guar Gum 1.2%
Total ASM is roughly 9. I thought SMCT and SCI used in my current percentages is supposed to be mild. Could be “poofing” be a result of over dry hair from the anionics?
Should I add another non ionic surfactant like decyl glucoside into the mixture to increase mildness?
Thank you all and bless your soul for dealing with newbies like me.