How Is Shampoo Manufactured?

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How Is Shampoo Manufactured?

Many of us will use it every single day, but how much do you really know about shampoo? Read on to learn how shampoo is manufactured

Americans love to shampoo their hair, and about 49% of women do it every day. With this product’s continuing popularity, anyone who knows how to make it can turn their talent into money.

And a shampoo maker doesn’t have to be a specialist. People just like you are out there making money in factories, creating the shampoos you have in your home.

But how did they get there? How did they learn about making shampoo?

In this blog, we’re going to take you step-by-step through shampoo production, so you can get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a shampoo maker and maybe even find out if it’s the right career for you.

How Is Shampoo Made?

Shampoo is generally made by combining surfactants, co-surfactants, water, conditioners, foam boosters, and preservatives. Let’s talk about each one.

First of all, shampoos usually have about 70% water. That makes sense because you need water for the other ingredients to mix with. But water also helps dilute the detergents and conditioner to reduce scalp irritation.

Detergents, or surfactants, make up about 15% of the formula-and they’re important! A detergent traps oils and other contaminants on your scalp similar to the way soaps do in your dishwasher. Sodium lauryl sulfate is one of the common surfactants found in shampoos.

To improve the lather of the product, foam boosters, like betaines, are added.

Conditioning agents like polymers are also added to shampoos to offset the harsh effects of surfactants on your hair. Because of these ingredients, your hair doesn’t feel like straw when you’re done washing it.

Of course, a shampoo manufacturer could add dyes or fragrances to change the color and smell of the product. And medicated shampoos usually include a drug active ingredient like zinc pyrithione. But these additional ingredients are optional.

Shampoo Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process for shampoo is surprisingly simple. It consists of two steps: making a big batch of shampoo and then packing it into bottles.

First, all the ingredients are mixed together in large containers by workers called compounders. Then, the batch is sent to quality control, where they test it for things like proper pH, odor, color, and other specifics.

If it passes all the tests, it is approved. If not, the compounders have to try again.

Once approved by QC, the shampoo gets pumped out of the main tank into a holding container. From there, it goes directly to a filling line where bottles are filled and then capped.

Top Shampoo Manufacturers

Some of the best shampoo manufacturing companies include:

  • Apollo HBC
  • Tropical Products, Inc.
  • DRAGA Laboratories LLC
  • Arizona Natural Resources, Inc.
  • AMS Packing
  • Nutrix

Get Paid to Make Shampoo

After gaining this new beauty product knowledge, you might be wondering if there’s a job in it for you. And there just might be! Shampoo manufacturing jobs are increasing in demand, especially since we’re all washing our hair more frequently these days to stay safe and healthy,

JSK Recruiting may be able to help you find your next job opportunity. We specialize in connecting people who have skills with employers who need that skills-and that includes people who know how to make shampoo. If you’re interested, or if you’re an employer who needs skilled shampoo makers, give us a call.