Haircare 1: Natural Shampoo & Hair Treatment Workshop - Aug. 15


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

If you're ready to introduce a line of shampoo products to your green beauty business or make them for yourself, then this class is for you! This evening workshop is for students from 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.

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 shampoo formulation 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: 

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. 

We took our full-day workshop and split it into three, more affordable workshops: Haircare 1 (shampoos), Haircare 2 (conditioners) and Haircare 3 (treatments: curling cream, masque, all-natural "relaxer"/scalp treatment and serum). All of our products are natural and salon quality. Haircare 2 and Haircare 3 workshops will be posted soon.

The shampoo class will also 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 a full-size sample of the shampoo made in class. Students will receive a class handout full of 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 New York City.

Date: Tuesday, August 15

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Course: $168 early-bird pricing through July 30. Includes all supplies, binder of formulations and class information and a full-size shampoo to take home. Regular price of $188 thereafter.

Private studio inside Little Shop of Crafts
Upper West Side
711 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025

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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