Organic & Herbal Haircare Product Formulating Workshop - July 8


This course is Organic * Vegan * Cruelty-Free * Palm-Free

If you're ready to introduce a line of haircare products to your green beauty business, then this class is for you! This full-day workshop is for students wanting to learn how to make their own haircare products, for beginner through advanced and for green indie beauty brands. It is a class taught by cosmetic formulator Marla Bosworth and designed for salon owners, spa owners, massage therapists, bath and body company entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to make incredibly good-for-you hair products - even if you are making them at home just for yourself and your family!

Save yourself money and time by skipping formulator fees in addition to costly mistakes trying to make 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 formulate haircare products for various hair types. We'll discuss the difference between Asian, African American and Caucasian hair and the challenges each presents. Next, we’ll discuss the theory of each product you are going to learn how to make. Then we’ll formulate hair products: shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, scalp treatment, curling cream and hair mask. 

Students will learn to make the following products:

Organic Balance Shampoo ~ This natural herbal shampoo is very gentle and can even be used as a baby shampoo. It gently cleans the hair without stripping it. 

Organic Balance Conditioner ~ The natural herbal condition leaves hair soft and manageable. In addition to preventing dryness, it doubles as a detangler. No more frizzies with this wonderful product! 

Herbal Nourishing Hair Serum ~ This natural herbal hair oil leaves locks soft, shiny and moisturized. It is a wonderful product to tame flyaways and keep hair in place. This product does not contain polymers nor silicones (dimethicone or cyclomethicone).

Deep Treatment for Hair & Scalp ~ The natural hair relaxer adds wonderful nourishment to all hair types. It will relax course hair. For those who don't need a relaxer, this product also doubles as a deep scalp moisturizing treatment.

Curl Cream ~ You've been asking for this one! Love those gorgeous locks. Make them manageable and style them with a luxurious curling cream.

Hair Mask ~ It just keeps getting better! You've been asking for this one too! We're going to hydrate and soften that hair of yours. You're going to love the smell of the herbs and essential oils in this one!

In addition, this class will cover:

  • 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.
  • 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 full-size samples of all the products made in class. Students will receive a class binder full of handouts that includes instructions, formulations and a valuable list of suppliers.

Marla creates high experential 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.

Marla is the CEO of Back Porch Soap Company. She has been making green beauty products and soap for 20 years. She is a Reiki Master, intuitive and spiritual healer based in Boulder, Colorado.

Date: Saturday, July 8

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Course: $398 early-bird price until May 31 includes all supplies, binder of formulations and class information and 8 product samples. Regular price of $498 thereafter. (Or pay in two installments of $268 by selecting this link.) 

711 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025
(Private event Space inside Little Shop of Crafts.)

If you have questions please contact Marla Bosworth (not the venue).

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 nor credits on classes missed. If you would like to send someone in your place, please let us know 24 hours prior to class.

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