Preliminary study of combability effect to select shampoo and conditioner formulations – The lab to Consumer routine

By Tania Ross Mery Romero Bernal, Formulation Scientist, and Mauricio Guzmán Alonso, Applied Research Scientist Belcorp Colombia

Euro Cosmetics Magazine April 2023
April 2023


Shampoos and conditioners are essential part of routine for the hair care. We developed a general hair routine that includes shampoo and conditioner that have a preliminar performance in two types of hair: treated and natural. We evaluated 8 formulations in laboratory test, and we define two routines, to validate with the both users with natural and treated hair in a home test use. We found the routine 1 with a promissory performance and useful bases of formulation to start new projects in hair care.
Key words: Shampoo, Conditioner, Laboratory test, Hair routine, Home Test


The global hair care market size reached US$ 82.3 Billion in 2022. According to IMARC Group it is expected to reach US$ 107.2 Billion by 2028 with a growth rate of 4.4% during 2023–2028. 1 The hair care market is one of beauty’s all-star categories in cosmetics industry where we can see high expectations by the consumers in products for basic care as shampoo and conditioner.
Shampoo in simple terms is a hair care product designed to clean the scalp skin along with its hairs. It cleans the scalp of dirt and other environmental pollutants, sebum, sweat, desquamated
corneocytes and other greasy residues including previously applied hair care products such as oils, lotions, and sprays, at the same time it must condition and beautify hair. Comercial shampoos contain a mixture of surfactants, conditioners, actives, emollients for providing optimum cleaning levels according to hair type and requirement – normal, oily, dyed, permed, colored, or damaged hair. 2



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