Cream rinses are also called as "instant conditioners". It is also pronounced as “Creme Rinse”. Cream rinse is a mixture of thickeners, wax and group of chemicals called “quats” used to coat the hair shaft. It is also used to detangle after shampooing. It is a light conditioning formula that smoothens hair cuticles. It is enriched with natural emollients. Cream rinse is recommended to treat rough, dry, brittle, damaged or fine hair. It should be used after shampooing. Cream rinse has thinner consistency compared to regular hair conditioners. It helps to coat the cuticle of the hair. Cream rinse can be easily purchased from departmental stores, or beauty salons. Most of the salon quality cream rinses are very expensive. Before final purchase, choose a cream rinse thatmatches your hair type, whereas, a shampoo should match scalp type. Extra moisturizing cream rinse is suitable for dry, frizzy hair. Volumizing cream rinse is perfect for people with fine, limp hair.
What is the difference between regular conditioner and Cream Rinse?
Cream rinse makes the hair smooth, reduces fly-aways, and detangles hair, whereas, hair conditioner increases luster or glossiness and volume of the hair shaft. Regular conditioner may contain moisturizing and anti-frizz agents.
What are the key ingredients used in Cream Rinse?
Some of the commonly used ingredients are:
Incroquat CR (Cream Rinse Concentrate): It is a cationic quaternary compound. It is used as an emulsifier.
Warm Process: Add Introquat CR (cream rinse concentrate) in Pyrex bowl. Add 4 oz of hot water (between 145 and 160 degrees). Allow the CR to melt completely. Add oil using blender. Allow the mixture to cool off. On cooling, the mixture will thicken. You can add 0.1% to 0.5% Germall Plus, 0.75% of Optiphen or 0.50% of Liqiupar Optima for fragrance. You can pour this mixture into squeezable bottles or flip tops, for storing. To make it a luxurious hair conditioner, you can further add dimethicone, silk amino acids, botanical extracts, wheat or soy or oat protein.
Cold Process: In this method you have to prepare a mixture by adding CR Pastilles and water. It is a time-consuming process as CR will take long to get dissolved.
How to use Cream Rinse?
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Apply a thin coat of cream rinse. Gently massage. Leave it for half an hour. Later rinse off thoroughly.
What are the advantages of Cream Rinse?
You can moisturize your hair instantly.
Very little amount is used.
Cream rinse has thinner consistency compared to regular hair conditioner.
It conditions the hair leaving it soft and silky.
What are the disadvantages of Cream Rinse?
Excessive use may leave the hair sticky and greasy.
Over-conditioning may make your hair limp. It may be difficult to style.