Plant-based Natural Shampoo & Conditioner Workshop - Sept 24


Learn to make your very own natural haircare products to sell or for friends and family. This evening workshop is for students from beginner through advanced. Cosmetic formulator Marla Bosworth has been making haircare products for 22 years and will share formulation recipes and tips for making natural haircare products suitable for your hair type.

Save yourself time and money by skipping formulator fees in addition to costly mistakes creating these products on your own. Marla brings this class to you with effective and natural products that have been tested and raved by salon professionals, students and her own customers. You may sell these formulas in your line, reformulate and tweak it, or produce the products simply for personal use or for gift-giving.

In this hands-on class we will discuss theory and shampoo and conditioner formulation for various hair types. We'll discuss the difference between Asian, African American, Hispanic and Caucasian hair and how to formulate for each type. Next, we’ll discuss the theory of making shampoos and conditioners. Then we’ll formulate hair products: 

Organic Balance Shampoo ~ This natural herbal shampoo is very gentle and can even be used as a baby shampoo. No harsh surfactants here! It gently cleans the hair without stripping it. It is intended for all hair types, and gets rave reviews especially for black hair. We will discuss how the simple formula tweak for various hair types, although feedback for those hair types has been excellent as well.

Organic Balance Conditioner ~ The conditioner is fantastic for all hair types. We will discuss how to tweak each formula to your hair type. Black hair may want the addition of more butters and oils, but feedback has been excellent for this product too.

This class covers: 

  • Properties of plant oils and butters and how they clean and moisturize the hair.
  • Why we need surfactants and which ones are the most natural.
  • Why cold process bar soaps are not appropriate for hair, especially long-term.
  • Amphoteric, anionic, cationic and nonionic ingredients and how they relate to haircare.
  • How to create and use herbal infusions, tinctures and decoctions.
  • Which herbs, vitamins, extracts and balancers are available to use when formulating.
  • How to choose and incorporate plant-based essential oils into your haircare products.
  • How to formulate for oily, normal, thin, dry, weak, coarse and color-treated hair types.
  • What the difference is between synthetic, natural & naturally-derived ingredients.
  • Effective natural preservatives.
  • Packaging options.
  • Labeling requirements.
  • How to price your products.
  • Recommended suppliers.

You'll leave with a sample of the shampoo and conditioner made in class. Students will receive a class handout full of instructions, formulations and a valuable list of suppliers.

New! Signup for this in-person workshop also includes membership to Marla's online shampoo and conditioner class so you don't have to worry about taking copious notes. Simply watch the course online as many times as you would like. This leaves more time for each student to focus on the hands-on learning in the New York City workshop.

Marla creates high experiential workshops - a holistic perspective of learning by transforming new information. If you've ever attended any of her classes you know the energy she creates is positive, supportive, educational and fun.

There is limited seating in this workshop, please sign up soon if you plan to attend. This class is taught once annually in New York City and always sells out quickly. Sign up today and get started making your own hair care products! 

Course price includes all supplies, formulations and class information and a samples to take home.

Bio: Marla Bosworth is the CEO of Back Porch Soap Company. She has been creating conscious beauty products for 22 years. 

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Course Fee:  $168 early-bird pricing until September 5, then regular rate of $198. Class fee includes materials, supplies, ingredients and a valuable handout with recipes, formulation tips, instructions and a list of our favorite suppliers. 

Class Location:
Little Shop of Crafts
Upper West Side at
711 Amsterdam Ave. at 94th Street, New York City
If you have questions please contact us.

Note: All classes must be prepaid in full. Due to venue rental contracts and Marla's travel and accommodation commitments, we do not offer refunds, transfers nor credits on missed classes. If you would like to send someone in your place, please let us know 24 hours prior to class.

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