Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation
Accredited, multi-media online course. Study from anywhere in the world.
The natural and organic beauty market is a rapidly-growing global industry—and in fact, it’s one of the fastest-growing in the cosmetics sector. An ever-increasing market of natural beauty lovers is searching for natural haircare solutions that avoid synthetic ingredients and harsh detergents, like SLS. They’re fed up with experiencing problems and irritation, and not finding solutions. They’re frustrated with products that don’t match their values, or don’t actually do what they say they will do.
Natural beauty lovers don’t want to compromise between products that work and products that support their most cherished values.
Customers want haircare products that give them healthy, soft, and radiant hair that isn’t weighed down or greasy. They’re looking for products that improve the health of the hair and scalp. Many turn to making their own products—but DIY methods with castile soap, baking soda, coconut milk, and harsh vinegars fall short of expectations.
- You want to be able to offer new and exciting haircare products to your customers.
- You want your brand to reflect your values, using high-quality, natural, and organic ingredients.
- You want to finally find the answer to your haircare struggles, and create the products of your dreams.
So… what’s holding you back?
I don't know where to start, or how to properly make the products...
I got frustrated with the lack of information, so I gave up trying...
What I've read on the internet just confuses me...
Nothing I've tried so far has worked, and I'm not sure why...
We’ve heard these very same frustrations from many of our students, and we understand. Haircare formulation isn’t impossible to do at home, but you do need to understand the science and the process before you begin, if you want your products to function properly. Unlike more straightforward products, like lotions or body butters, haircare products require specialized knowledge—and it isn’t impossible to learn!
You just need to know where to look!
If you’ve already been experimenting with DIY haircare products, you’ve likely had an experience similar to these:
"My first and only attempts at making castile-soap shampoo left me with crazy, frizzy, monster hair..."
"My homemade coconut oil shampoo left my scalp itchy and my hair gunky. Coconut milk left my hair too greasy..."
"I'm frustrated. Everything I've tried just dries out my hair, gives it a rough texture, or just weighs it down..."
"My hair needs more than just apple cider vinegar. It needs moisture, but nothing's worked..."
Do any of these problems sound familiar? It can be so frustrating to try again and again, and not know how to fix your formulation problems—or even identify what’s causing the issue in the first place!
Or maybe you have tried formulating haircare products properly—with surfactants and emulsifiers—but have still experienced challenges such as:
Getting the right consistency, viscosity, or slip to your products
Achieving the proper pH
Knowing what extracts, oils, and specialized ingredients to add
Creating the right surfactant system, and making sure there's enough foam with a sulfate-free shampoo
Understanding the natural options for surfactants and conditioning ingredients
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There is a much easier way.
DIPLOMA in NATURAL HAIRCARE FORMULATION
Say goodbye to frizzy hair, itchy scalp, and products that don’t work!
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know to formulate your own custom, high-performance shampoos and creamy, perfect conditioners. Learn from experienced and professional formulators and be supported each step along the way.
In this course, you’ll learn:
How to make shampoo without harsh sulfates like SLS, and instead discover a wide variety of gentle, natural surfactants.
How to make conditioners that leave the hair smooth, soft, and silky, with a natural shine (and not weighed down or greasy.)
About the characteristics and needs of different hair types, and how to customize your formulations to suit them.
Real information about what the scalp needs to be healthy.
The functions, properties, and benefits of a wide range of natural and organic haircare ingredients, so you can select ingredients for your formulations with confidence.
How to formulate effective and professional shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments that leave hair strong, healthy, and shiny.
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“I am in the process of starting my own product line, and I really wanted to know the ins and outs of formulating. I didn’t want to follow DIY methods but instead I wanted my products to be professional, so I felt the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation would do just that.
I wasn’t confident in making shampoos, hair butters or masks, and I didn’t really know what information or materials I would need to launch my business.
Thanks to studying the course, I now know the exact breakdown of each type of product and I have a good understanding of what ingredients to use in my products and how much of each for the different product types. I also learned how to label my products properly and about cosmetic regulations for my country which has helped me to launch my business.
I particularly enjoyed learning the back end of how to make each product and exactly what each product needed in order for it to be successful.”
Morgan Brooks, USA
“Being a cancer survivor I needed to eliminate the possibility of any toxins in or on my body. That created a need to be able to correctly formulate my own products from scratch and then ultimately make a business out of it.
Before enrolling with the School of Natural Skincare I took a class with another organization and used some recipes I found to create formulas. These recipes were not in standard units of measurement and it was proving to be an expensive process because of all the trial and error.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, however, taught me how to formulate my own natural haircare formulations properly and from scratch. It also enabled me to formulate products for others.
I enjoyed everything about the course! I am a visual person who is stimulated by colors, so the bright colorful text and videos found in the course were wonderful. I found the entire course extremely informative.”
Michelle Andino, USA
“I wanted to be able to make and use safe, environmentally friendly haircare products at a good price and trust the products I use.
However, I didn’t know anything about the ingredients used to make haircare products or how to formulate properly at all.
I’ve learned so much about different ingredients and now that I’ve learned the basics of formulating (especially now that I have formulation templates), I can make any product I want using the ingredients I want, and I can trust the safety and efficacy of the products I make.
I enjoyed the formulation templates, charts and the demonstration videos the most.”
Jamela Hill, USA
“As a hair salon owner I wanted to learn how to make the best natural shampoo and conditioner bars and scalp treatments, to create my own brand and use in my salon.
I started with DIY products that I found online, but found the formulas weren’t professional and they didn’t give me the results I was looking for.
Having taken the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I have learned a lot about the ingredients used in natural haircare, how to work with them and where to buy ingredients. I can now create my own haircare products.
What I most loved about the course was the fact that I could study online at a time that suited me. I enjoyed doing the quiz but what was most valuable to me were the videos, all the information about cosmetic regulations and the formulation templates provided.
I am happy I joined your course!”
Saskia Galloway, Netherlands
“I wanted to learn more about how to formulate professional haircare products properly.
I was struggling because it was hard to know what I was supposed to be doing, how to tell right from wrong and I didn’t have any support or direction to help me.
However, by enrolling with the School I was able to access a course that gave me a sense of community and valuable insights into formulating professional haircare products using natural ingredients.
I learned so much about cosmetic regulations and natural ingredients that can be used for high quality haircare products. I especially loved the videos!”
Jennifer Thompson, USA
“I was sick of products that didn’t work for me as advertised or contained potentially harmful ingredients and I struggled with finding the time to learn more.
But upon finding the School of Natural Skincare, I made the time to complete the course. I can now not only create formulations from scratch, but I have better knowledge of what is needed to make safer formulations. I also know what to do in order to make adjustments if necessary.
I truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this course. The videos were most helpful to me as a visual learner. The pace of the instructors was also helpful. They didn’t speak too fast or too slow and the information was extremely easy to understand.
I appreciate the fact that we’re allowed to learn at our convenience rather than being restricted to a specific time to ‘check in’ for the courses.”
Annette Asbury, USA
“I have always been interested in haircare and wanted to learn more of the science and how to make my own products so I know what’s in them!
Before taking the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I had never formulated any type of haircare product and I didn’t know anything about the make-up of shampoos and conditioners.
Thankfully, the course delivered the science in an easy to understand way and the instructions for formulating were clear and concise.
I enjoyed the practical aspect the most; formulating my own shampoo was so much fun. I also enjoyed knowing it’s ‘professional’ and not some recipe from the internet!”
Kelly Turton, UK
“I have been working on haircare formulas for my thick, kinky hair for two years and I realized that I was lacking some knowledge. Some other products I used just didn’t work, either.
I was struggling with measurements and I did not know how to naturally thicken my products.
But upon taking the course, I learned more than I imagined. I learned about ingredients that I never even knew about. I am able to formulate for myself and make better products. I do still need to work on it a little bit but it’s getting better all the time and my knowledge is improving. I loved the videos and course tutors.”
Tiffanie Fleming, USA
Who is this course for?
If you want to make your own haircare products, gain the skills to formulate your own custom solutions in a way that is creative, rewarding, and in line with your values, the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation is for you.
If you’re ready to craft a hobby that can be launched into a business and a brand that speaks to effective, natural solutions for hair and scalp, then this course is for you! And if you’re a beauty entrepreneur who is ready to expand your current range, and take your business to the next level, by offering safe, natural haircare products this course is for you as well! Our ideal students typically fall into one of these categories:
You’re a natural & organic beauty enthusiast who is very specific about the products and ingredients you put on your skin. Maybe there’s a specific haircare concern you’ve always struggled with, but there just isn’t a product out there that speaks to your values, while providing the benefits you need. You want to learn how to create those dream products and finally know the secrets to happy hair, scalp, and skin—without using chemicals and ingredients you don’t like!
You’re a beauty enthusiast who dreams of one day launching your own brand, and you want to learn how to create professional-quality, unique, and meaningful organic and natural products. You’re ready to upgrade from DIY to professional skills and training.
You may already making your own natural skincare products, and maybe have made some body butters, balms, lotions or creams, but you’re ready to get more serious and professional—and branch out into haircare, too.
You’re already selling your products, and want to diversify your range. You want to offer something that very few others are offering, fulfil customer requests, and provide more value to your current customers, while attracting a whole new range of people who are specifically looking for haircare and scalp solutions. You know you need the training to do it right, right from the start, and you are ready to take your brand to the next level.
Get Connected: Our private student & graduate online community is there for you, every step of the way!
Study from anywhere in the world, at your own pace—but never feel like you’re on your own! Our students benefit from a wonderful private online community, where they can chat directly with tutors, graduates, and other students. It’s one of the benefits that our students bring up, again and again, as a factor that helped them succeed. If you’ve been trying to study on your own, or if courses and information just aren’t available in your area, an online course is a perfect fit.
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Nothing can compare with the knowledge you get from this course!
“I have a very sensitive scalp and nothing on the market has helped me so far. I joined the course to expand my knowledge in formulating my own shampoos, and now I’m probably going to change my career path.
Before taking the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I had no idea about formulations. I tried some recipes on the internet, but nothing can compare with the knowledge you get from this course. It is a wonderful way to attain the essential knowledge required to begin your journey as an organic haircare formulator.
A wealth of information about individual ingredients, formulation and legal requirements is provided. I found the course thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile. The Modules have a perfect structure. It’s very well put together and I highly recommend it.”
Camelia Cherry, UK
“I had cancer twice and really knew I needed to make huge changes in my life, including removing as many harmful chemicals and toxins from my life as possible. I knew I wanted to make my own products.
I had never attempted shampoo or conditioner before because I knew that random online DIY formulas were no good. I also felt that the products available in the US that were actually good, non-toxic products made with natural organic ingredients, were just too expensive.
I have some learning difficulties and I have to do things one step at a time. I couldn’t even begin to make a shampoo before, but studying this course has helped. I like that the course is self-paced, and the videos showing us how to make products were very helpful.”
Whitney Henson, USA
“I am a cosmetologist who would like to have my own product line for local salons and spas.
Before taking the course, I didn’t understand the various usage percentages, pH and how to balance that, as well as how to find cohesive working ingredients. It was helpful to learn why some things work well together and others do not.
Now that I’ve taken the course, I have a resource to help me to understand the basic working parameters for various ingredients to better help me choose what to use to achieve my goals. I really enjoyed the demonstration videos showing how to make various products.”
Amy Charbonneau, USA
“A friend of mine was freaked out by losing lots of hair after giving birth so I signed up for the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation to see if I could find out how to help her. This seemed like the perfect opportunity because I wanted to have my own line of natural skincare products, and this gave me the idea about haircare products as well.
I honestly didn’t know the differences between many of the products out there, even the existence of some of them, but now I’m much more educated so I can be more purposeful and helpful in creating my own haircare products.
What I loved the most was the troubleshooting Q&As and the demonstration videos. It was all very helpful!”
Jazmin Sentis, USA
“I love to experiment with things and as a hair braider and stylist I found myself making haircare products. So, one day, as I was searching to increase my knowledge in haircare products, I came across the School of Natural Skincare and I signed up for the course.
Before this I struggled with knowing what ingredients to mix together and how to do it properly to achieve my goals. There was a lot of information on the internet but I wanted to be professionally informed about my passion.
One of the challenges I faced when mixing one of my products was not using a cationic emulsifier, which is a binding agent for oil and water. Each time I experimented, the water and oil always separated.
The course helped me to understand that water and oil do not mix together without an emulsifying agent. Now I am able to create stable emulsions like lotions and conditioners!
Actually, I enjoyed everything about the School. The most useful things I found were the textbooks and the charts.”
Adeola Joseph-Oke, Germany
“I have a natural skin and haircare business and my customers were requesting shampoos. So, I decided to take the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation and learn how to make natural shampoos.
Fortunately for me, not only did I learn how to make different kinds of shampoos, I also learned how to make my conditioner formulas better as well as learn how to make other haircare products.
I was just struggling with knowing what ingredients to use in a shampoo and how to actually make a shampoo properly.
This course has taught me how to make different types of shampoos for different hair types, which I had no clue about before taking this course.
I enjoyed the fact that the course information was presented in a simple manner. It was very easy to understand. I enjoyed watching the demonstration videos and I loved the list of ingredients that were provided in the beginning.
This course was amazing. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to learn so much about haircare.”
Chioma Egekwu, USA
I was interested to learn how to care for my daughter’s afro hair because as a baby, her hair was affected by cradle cap. I was really concerned about her losing her hair and the main challenge for me was knowing how to help care for my baby’s hair and scalp without using harsh cosmetic ingredients.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation helped me to become aware of the structure of our hair and the ingredients used in natural haircare products. It also taught me how to formulate properly rather than just following recipes.
I enjoyed all of the modules! They provided extremely useful information for me.
Besi Adeyemo, UK
“I felt that the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation was important for me because it enabled me to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. I was finding it especially difficult to preserve my products properly.
By taking this course I have learned about the different types of natural preservatives, solubilizers, stabilizers, and gelling agents that are required to make sure my products are safe and effective for my hair clients.
The whole course was important for me because it has helped me to expand my knowledge!”
Jocelyn Johnson, USA
“I wanted to formulate cosmetic products for myself, family and friends that were natural and tailored to suit their specific needs.
But I had no idea where to begin or how to create a safe product and I didn’t trust what was on the internet. Your courses are amazing and I didn’t realise how much there was to learn about formulating my own products.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation gave me all the knowledge and information I needed to get started and to formulate my own haircare products safely. I know what equipment is needed, what ingredients are required, how to use them safely and where to get them. There is so much I love about the course that I can’t list it all.
I enjoyed everything about the course and it was all very useful. The information is detailed and abundant. Thank you for providing this informative course!”
Cammeo Taylor, USA
Who is the School of Natural Skincare?
We’re Gail and Gareth, Directors of the School of Natural Skincare
The School’s team of expert tutors include a Cosmetic Scientist, Cosmetic Formulators, Aromatherapist, Beauty Business Expert and Safety Assessor and all are passionate about helping you create beautiful products and thriving businesses. Founded in 2010, the School has trained 7,500+ students in 120+ countries to make their own natural and organic skincare products and launch successful businesses. The School’s fabulous recipes and fun, creative classes have been featured by the BBC and glossy magazines like Green Parent, Spirit & Destiny and Country Homes and Interiors Magazine.
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We created this course as a response to many of these frustrated, failed attempts, and the abundance of misinformation on the subject of natural haircare formulation. As product creators ourselves, we’re firm believers in the idea that the only things standing between you and success are information, and the support you need to succeed. Maybe it didn’t work before, when you tried. But now, the information is all at your fingertips. And, you’ll get to learn from the vast experience of our graduates and tutors, as a part of our private learning community—something that is incredibly valuable for continued success! That’s why we began the School of Natural Skincare, and that’s why we’re offering this course to you. We are uniquely positioned in the field of natural beauty product formulation to give students a comprehensive overview of product creation, materials safety, ingredient knowledge, specialized manufacturing know-how, and key business insights to allow your beauty brand to grow, thrive, and flourish.
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“I took the course to enable me to add a range of haircare products to my brand, Wellness on Tap.
Before taking the course I had problems finding the right thickener and identifying natural and biodegradable ingredients. Since taking the course my thickener problem has resolved and I am using all biodegradable ingredients in my products.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation is very well put together. The demonstrations are very helpful. I want to get rid of all plastic containers, so I especially loved the lesson on the syndet (solid shampoo) bars!”
Sally Champa, USA, Hop in the Spa and Wellness on Tap
“I wanted to expand my natural cosmetics knowledge in order to expand my business in the future to include haircare for all types of hair.
I had a very good foundation on formulating and ingredient choice but the calculations and ratios were a particular challenge for me.
Having studied the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I am now able to fully calculate and formulate flawlessly and I also have the knowledge on how to reformulate and fix any issues that arise.”
Tamara Brown, USA
“I wanted to start my own business in haircare and skincare products, so I needed to learn how to formulate a successful product in the way I desired.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation taught me so much, including how to understand formulas, to understand ingredients, and how to use them correctly.
For me, learning how to successfully formulate solid shampoos and conditioners were the best because I am into sustainability and the Zero Waste movement.
The course is great! Keep doing what you’re doing :)”
Anna Castellani, Italy
“Before taking your course, I was teaching myself how to make my own products and I wanted to educate myself the right way to do it. I especially wanted to get a better understanding of water based products because I wanted to expand the range of products offered in my business.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation helped me formulations from scratch and to troubleshoot when I ran into difficulties. It also helped with guiding me to be more professional in my practice.
I enjoyed the fact that the course provided visuals, text, hands on and audio. It gave different learning options in order for me to obtain and retain the information.”
Sade Mayers-Ricks, USA
“I chose to study with you because many of the products available in the market were not suitable for me and so I wanted to create customised products for myself and my family members.
Having completed my studies with the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I am able to create haircare products that suit me and my family members. Also I have a better understanding of the ingredients that go into the making of each product.
I enjoyed the entire course, especially the sections in formulating liquid shampoos and conditioners. These helped me the most.
I am very much satisfied with the course. Thank you.”
Urmila Krishnagiri Thooppal, India
“I started making DIY haircare products some years ago, but I didn’t know how to make a store bought shampoo or conditioner, so when I finally saw your advert on facebook I decided to give this course a try and – ‘whola’! – in a couple of months I was able to make my own shampoo and conditioner and even balance the pH of them.
I took the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation to learn how to make shampoos and conditioners naturally without silicones and other harmful and dangerous ingredients. I didn’t know how to make regular shampoos and conditioners and wanted to make my own.
The course taught me how to do both! Now I can make my own shampoos and conditioners with ease.
I learned how to formulate my own shampoo and conditioner based on my hair type.
I enjoyed the video presentations. Thank you so much for these. This made it easy to follow step by step information, and develop a good understanding of how to achieve my desired outcome.
I also found the overall information about hair and how to care for the different hair types and textures really interesting. This was important for me because my family is from a mixed interracial background.
Again thanks for making it really easy.”
Yvonne Barrett, USA
“I’ve always been curious about how to best take care of my hair, but I realized that I couldn’t rely solely on online resources (especially YouTube) to help me fill in the gaps in my knowledge. That’s where this course came in very handy.
I knew I didn’t know enough about ingredients and I didn’t know enough about how to make safe and effective products. I also knew that there were people out there making money selling subpar products, and I didn’t want that for myself, my business, or my customers.
I know exactly how to make every single type of product I want to make and I know how to vary them to suit almost any hair need. I can read the ingredient list on the back of hair products and know exactly what they mean and how they work, and why they’re there.
I’ve also been able to move away from being afraid of “chemicals” that have long names due to the fact that I know the difference between trade and INCI names.
I enjoyed the course textbooks and demonstration videos the most, mainly because I learn best through reading and watching. This course offered both, plus auditory learning, which was one of the main reasons I joined the course in the first place.”
Jamela Hill, USA
“I wanted to learn more about natural haircare and I also wanted to learn how to create products for African hair that actually work.
I was relying on anecdotal information to create hair care products. I didn’t know about hair anatomy and relied a lot on YouTube videos for African haircare information.
The recipes and formulas I found never worked for my hair. It wasn’t until I realized that I didn’t have the knowledge to create the haircare products that I needed.
Through the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I learned about the structure of hair and how shampoos & conditioners actually work. I also know what products make the best sense for African hair.
I now understand emulsion theory, how surfactants work, basic hair anatomy and more scientific information on African hair. I also understand what ingredients work best together. Plus I know how to make solid shampoos and conditioners.
I enjoyed learning about solid shampoos & conditioners. I also like that African hair was recognized as a hair type.
I enjoyed learning about solid shampoos and conditioners – I also enjoyed learning about emulsification
Thank you for the African hair inclusion!”
Althea Branton, Canada
“I took the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation along with the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation because I wanted to formulate my own products and eventually start my own business.
Other than formulating my products, perhaps the biggest challenge I faced was getting ingredients and packaging because it is quite expensive to ship all of that to where I live and there are no local suppliers around me to go and pick up either.
Fortunately the course just provided lots of information which would have been harder to find on my own, you guys took a lot of the work out of that which is great.
I really enjoyed watching the demonstration videos of the products being made, mainly because I am a very visual learner. So it really helped to see things actually be made in practice.
I am very happy with the courses and I am very glad that I took them.”
Chloe Roberts, Canada
“I first of all took the Certificate in Making Natural Skincare Products online course. This was my trial to see what the courses look like and how they work.
Having decided that I love making natural skincare products, I wanted to study more about making other types of natural cosmetic products. And since my hair is dry/damaged/coloured treated hair, I wanted to see if I could heal my hair back to normal health. The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation has been amazing for me. So much so that I am planning to continue with the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation!
To begin with, I struggled to formulate my own recipe but the course guided me step by step to becoming a haircare formulator. So, I can now design my own formulas. I know about a wide range of ingredients that are not allowed in natural, organic, and vegan cosmetics.
I especially like the templates of dry hair shampoo and conditioner.”
Alma Sovereign, Canada
“I live in a place where I have not been able to get products for my curly hair. So I decided to try to make my own but I faced the challenge of understanding how to make something suitable for my hair type. I also didn’t understand anything about suppliers and ingredients.
Thanks to your Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation I now understand the scientific terms and I can feel confident trying, buying and troubleshooting! And most important of all, I can formulate my own haircare products for my hair type.
The demonstration videos were amazing!!! It was a thrilling course.”
Ella Elhoudiri, UK
“I decided to take a course to help me launch my own brand of natural cosmetics. I’ve been making my own cosmetics for 15 years now, but I still had gaps in my knowledge about cosmetic formulation.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation has given me a structure to make a variety of haircare products the correct way – that is what was missing before.
For me the most useful aspects of the course were the video demonstrations showing the product making process. There are a lot of tips and tricks that are not covered in theory that I face very often (like, for example, the tip to mix xanthan gum with glycerin to avoid clumps). The videos really answered a lot of these questions for me.
Thanks a lot:) I will recommend your school to my colleagues!”
Olga Larnaudie, France
Maybe you’ve dreamed of running your own business, seeing your products on shelves, turning your hobby into something that truly fulfils you. Maybe you’ve tried to cobble together a plan from resources here and there… made some almost and not-quite formulations… but haven’t quite reached the results you know you’re capable of creating.
Maybe instead of forcing it, struggling, trying harder, you can try easier.
When you invest in your own future by signing up for the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, you’re declaring that you are ready to take the next steps with your haircare formulation goals. You’re ready to learn everything you need and receive extra support so you can quit wasting time, energy, and ingredients through frustrating trial-and-error.
So, are you ready to learn how to create professional haircare products, the right way, from a team of experts?
10 in-depth modules
15+ fillable and printable worksheets
8+ ingredient workbooks and charts
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In this course, you’ll learn how to:
Become an effective formulator, write professional formulations and evaluate your formulations to achieve the perfect product.
Describe the biology of the hair, identify the stressors that cause damage to the hair and discuss how a proper haircare routine protects the hair from damage.
Set up a small home lab with the appropriate equipment, adhere to good manufacturing practice, carry out key production process techniques, and make batches of varying sizes.
Explain how a shampoo works, describe the structure of a shampoo formula, and discuss the role of surfactants in haircare products.
Choose ingredients with confidence, understanding the functions, properties and benefits of a wide range of ingredients, and how to select ingredients for your formulations.
Formulate and make a range of natural or organic shampoos, as well as how to adapt your formulation to suit dry hair or oily hair.
Explain how a conditioner works, describe the structure of a conditioner formula, and apply your understanding of emulsification to successfully create emulsions.
Formulate and make a range of hair conditioners including rinse off conditioner, intensive conditioner/mask, leave-in conditioner and detangling spray.
Formulate and make a range of hair treatments and styling products.
Comply with cosmetic, labeling, and claims regulations.
Module 1: Creating Professional Haircare Formulations
In this module, you’ll identify the steps in the product design process, develop a product concept using a product development brief, write a formula in the correct way, and evaluate it against a benchmark.
1.01 Cosmetics: Definitions, categories, and regulations You’ll learn how to locate the cosmetic regulations that apply to you, identify the definition of a cosmetic that applies to you, differentiate between a cosmetic and a drug, and understand that what you say about your product can affect the product category it’s put into.
1.02 Your brand values and formulating to a standard In this lesson, you’ll establish your personal or brand values, and decide how you will demonstrate those values. You’ll also review the different standards for natural and organic cosmetics, interpret standards for vegan, cruelty free, fairtrade and gluten-free cosmetics, and select the standard you will adhere to.
1.03 Types of haircare formula This lesson covers how to classify cosmetic formulas as anhydrous, aqueous, or emulsions. You’ll be able to state the characteristics of each formula type, including the types of ingredients they contain, recognize which formula types require preservatives and/or antioxidants, and give examples of the uses of each formula type.
1.04 What is a formula? You’ll learn how to characterize the differences between cosmetic recipes and formulas, summarize the information included in a formula, write a formula in the correct manner, and explain why professional cosmetic products are written as formulas.
1.05 Perfecting your formula This lesson illustrates the steps required to develop a product concept into a final formula, and you’ll be able to identify which steps may need repeating in order to perfect your formula.
1.06 Using a product development brief After this lesson, you’ll be able to articulate what a product development brief is, identify the benefits of using one, select the information to include, and use a product development brief to design your products.
1.07 Using a benchmark This lesson covers what a benchmark is, and after completing it, you’ll be able to explain the benefits of using a benchmark, and complete a benchmark product analysis. This lesson also includes the benchmark analysis worksheet.
1.08 Product Evaluation You’ll be able to identify the product characteristics to evaluate, and complete a sensory product evaluation, after completing this lesson. This lesson also includes the product evaluation worksheet.
Module 2: Hair Biology and Hair Types
To understand how to formulate haircare products, you first need to understand how the hair and scalp function. In this module, we’ll take a dive into the anatomy and physiology of hair, so you can understand the root cause of various issues, and learn how to approach them.
2.01 Anatomy We start with a general overview of the function of hair. Then, we’ll discuss how hair grows in the skin. You’ll be able to identify the three parts of the hair follicle, explain which parts of a hair are living and which dead, and identify the hair shaft, hair root, hair bulb, sebaceous glands, arrector pili muscle, and the hair bulge.
2.02 Composition and structure In this lesson, you’ll learn to identify the three primary layers of the hair shaft. You’ll also understand the role the cuticle plays in the appearance of hair and in protecting the cortex against outside factors that cause hair damage. After completion, you’ll be able to state the chemical composition of hair, and explain why the pH of hair care products should be in the slightly acidic range.
2.03 Physical properties After this lesson, you’ll be able to define the most important mechanical property of the hair, summarize how water affects hair, identify which ingredients can penetrate the hair shaft, and describe how friction affects hair, and how to reduce static electricity.
2.04 Hair types and shape This lesson covers the two systems traditionally used to classify hair types. We’ll cover the structural differences in Caucasian, Asian and African hair in terms of its cross-sectional shape, degree of curl, sebum and shine, grooming ease and breakage, maximum length and strength.
2.05 Hair growth cycle and hair loss After completing this lesson, you’ll be able to describe the life cycle of the hair, name the three stages in the life cycle, distinguish between natural hair loss and significant hair loss, and list the factors that can cause hair loss.
2.06 Hair damage This lesson covers many different factors that lead to hair damage, including the four types of stressors that cause damage to the hair, and the characteristics of damaged hair. We’ll explain why protecting the hair through the use of products and avoiding stressors is so important.
2.07 Caring for hair In this lesson, we cover the four aspects to consider in your proper haircare routine for Caucasian and Asian hair, as well as a proper haircare routine for Afro-textured hair.
2.08 Dandruff and anti-dandruff properties This lesson provides an overview of what dandruff is, what causes it, which ingredients have anti-dandruff activity, and the regulations of anti-dandruff products.
Module 3: Lab Skills, Equipment, and Packaging
Setting up a lab at home isn’t difficult, but you need to know how to do it right in order to achieve the results you want. This module gives you all the information you need to decide what kind of lab setup is right for you, what kind of equipment you’ll need, and how to use and maintain your equipment and workspace so that your products are safe and turn out just the way you want.
3.01. Equipment needed In this lesson, you’ll learn what kind of equipment you’ll need for a home or small-scale lab, what additional equipment is useful for scaling up and manufacturing in larger quantities, as well as in a professional lab setting.
3.02. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) GMP is essential for producing high-quality products and is a fundamental requirement if you sell your products. Our handy checklist will ensure that you have easy-to-follow guidelines in place.
3.03. Lab techniques and skills In this lesson, we’ll cover some of the key production process techniques that you’ll carry out in your lab when creating your products. We’ll cover how to weigh ingredients, how to create a water bath or bain-marie, how to clean, sanitize, and calibrate your equipment, and more.
3.04. Testing and adjusting pH This lesson discusses the when, why, and how of measuring pH, as well as how to work with and care for a pH meter, and how (and why!) to adjust the pH of your products.
3.05. Calculating batch sizes After this lesson, you’ll become confident working in percentages and calculating weight-based measurements for different batch sizes.
3.06. How to choose packaging This lesson provides an overview of the purpose of cosmetic packaging, as well as eight factors to consider when choosing packaging, including formulation type, dispensing component, ability to protect the product, compatibility of ingredients, brand appearance, trends, cost, and availability.
Module 4: Shampoo Theory and the Science of Surfactants
Shampoo is probably the first cosmetic product that comes to our minds when thinking about hair care, and it tends to be the basis of any haircare routine. This module will introduce the function, structure, and formulation of shampoo.
4.01. Shampoos: An introduction In this lesson, you will learn the primary function of shampoo, how shampoo works, and the types of shampoo available.
4.02. The structure of a shampoo formulation In this lesson, we will cover the typical structure of a shampoo formula, the types of ingredients used and their function, and what factors to consider when choosing ingredients.
4.03. The science of surfactants Surfactants are an important category of ingredient in cosmetics, and the basis for every shampoo and conditioner formulation. In this lesson, you’ll discover what a surfactant is, as well as the structure and function of surfactants.
4.04. Types of surfactants for haircare In this lesson, we will cover primary and secondary surfactants, classes of surfactants, characteristics of surfactant classes, as well as many natural and organic options for surfactants.
4.05. Calculating active matter In this lesson, we will cover what active matter of a surfactant is, how to calculate active matter in a formulation, and how to apply the knowledge of surfactant active matter in formulating. You’ll also gain access to the active matter calculator, for your own formulations.
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Module 5: Additional Ingredients
In this module, we’ll explore the functional and aesthetic ingredients which can be used to enhance the value and performance of your haircare products.
5.01. Thickeners Thickeners are primarily used in cosmetics and haircare products to enhance the viscosity of the mixture. In this lesson, we’ll cover the purpose of thickeners, some natural and synthetic thickener choices, as well as how to choose which thickener to use.
5.02. Conditioning agents In this lesson, we’ll explore some of the additional ingredients that have conditioning effect on the hair, including emollients, occlusives, humectants, natural silicone replacements, and cationic ingredients.
5.03. Preservatives and chelators Preservatives are included in cosmetic formulations to ensure that the product is safe, and they’re essential to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mold. This lesson will cover how preservatives work, how to choose the one that’s right for your product, as well as the function of chelating agents.
5.04. Pearlizers, fragrance, and colorants In this lesson, we will explore some aesthetic ingredients that are included mainly to make the product more appealing, rather than being functional or active additives. This includes pearlizers and opacifiers, fragrance, and colorants.
5.05. Active ingredients: Cosmeceuticals, vitamins, and plant extracts There are many active ingredients available to enhance your products performance. In this lesson we will take a closer look at some of them, including vitamins, cosmeceuticals, and botanical extracts.
5.06 pH adjusters It is crucial that your haircare products have the correct pH or they could actually damage your hair. In this lesson we will briefly cover which pH adjusters are used in cosmetic products.
Module 6: Formulating and Making Shampoos
Our formulation templates, examples and worksheets will take away the guesswork and help you create haircare formulas like the professionals, and our video demonstrations show you step by step how to make each type of shampoo. In this module, you’ll learn how to formulate a variety of different shampoos for different hair types and haircare concerns.
6.1 Formulating different types of shampoo This lesson covers formulating several different types of shampoo, including regular shampoos, daily-use shampoos, conditioning shampoos, clarifying shampoos, and 2-in-1 shampoos.
6.2 Formulating shampoo for different hair types Learn how to modify shampoo formulas to suit different hair types including normal, dry, oily and Afro-textured hair (which has some specific requirements).
6.3 Formulating regular shampoo We’ll share a formulation template plus an example formulation for a Gentle Aloe & Chamomile Shampoo. We’ll show you how to modify the formula for dry hair and oily hair too. It’s like looking over a formulator’s shoulder as they formulate!
6.4 Formulating clarifying shampoo Learn how to formulate clarifying shampoo by using our formulation template and watching step-by-step how our example formula for Citrus Burst Clarifying Shampoo is created. This example meets COSMOS standards too!
6.5 Formulating daily use shampoo Learn how to formulate a shampoo that is gentle enough to use everyday. Plus we’ll share a formulation example for a Rosemary & Nettle Daily Use Shampoo.
6.6 Formulating conditioning shampoo Conditioning shampoos include extra conditioning and nourishing ingredients such as humectants, emollients and natural silicone replacements. Create your own using our templates and worksheets. Plus watch as we formulate a Kelp and Mint Conditioning Shampoo with an ECOCERT approved surfactant.
6.7 Formulating anti-dandruff shampoo Discover how to use natural active ingredients to reduce dandruff plus watch as we formulate a Tea Tree Anti-Dandruff Shampoo to ECOCERT standards.
6.8 Formulating solid shampoo bars Shampoo bars are really increasing in popularity! With the move to reduce the amount of packaging we use in our daily lives, these solid bars are a hit. Many on the market use harsh surfactants like SLS. In this lesson we’ll teach you to create your own gentle, natural (SLS free) solid shampoo bars. We include two examples a Fragrant Orange Shampoo Bar and Fortifying Shampoo Bar that is formulated to COSMOS standards.
6.9 Formulating your own shampoos Now it’s your turn! Use the Product Development and Formulation worksheets to create your own beautiful shampoo formulations!
6.10 Troubleshooting Shampoos Just incase you run into any difficulties, we’ve provided a handy checklist that will help you troubleshoot any issues you may encounter when creating your shampoos.
Module 7: Conditioner Theory and the Science of Emulsification
Conditioners is probably the second most popular product used on hair, and is also a great way to deliver specific, targeted ingredients to the hair and scalp. This module will introduce the function, structure, and formulation of conditioners.
7.01. Conditioners: An introduction In this lesson, we will cover what conditioners are, how conditioner function, different conditioner ingredients, and different types of conditioner.
7.02. The structure of a conditioner formulation In this lesson, we will cover the typical structure of a conditioner formula, the types of ingredients used and their function, as well as what factors to consider when choosing ingredients.
7.03. Creating emulsions Understanding emulsions is essential to creating many different products, and conditioner is no exception. In this lesson, we will cover what an emulsion is, the two types of emulsion, the process of making an emulsion, the phases of an emulsion and the viscosity of an emulsion.
7.04. Types of emulsifiers for haircare In this lesson you will learn about most common emulsifiers used in haircare products and which of them are permitted in certified natural and organic products.
Module 8: Formulating and Making Conditioners
8.1 Formulating different types of conditioner This lesson explores how to formulate several different types of conditioners, Including rinse-off conditioners, intense conditioners, masks, leave-in conditioners, and detangling sprays.
8.2 Formulating conditioner for different hair types After this lesson, you’ll know how to modify conditioner formulas to suit different hair types including normal, dry, oily and Afro-textured hair (which has some specific requirements).
8.3 Formulating rinse-off conditioners Learn to formulate the most popular type of conditioner! Plus look over our shoulder as we formulate a COSMOS standard Shea and Coconut Conditioner for Dry Hair so you can see step-by-step how a rinse-off conditioner formula is put together.
8.4 Formulating leave-in conditioner Leave-in conditioners make combing easier and reduce static electricity. As they are left on the hair there are some special considerations to be aware of when formulating. Plus we’ll share our example formula for a Volumizing Green Tea Leave-in Conditioner.
8.5 Formulating intense conditioner/ hair masks Intense conditioner is usually thicker and can be referred to as hair mask. It benefits very dry and/or damaged hair and contain higher amounts of cationic ingredients along with oils and butters to nourish the hair. Plus we’ll give you a gorgeous formula for an Argan Repairing Intense Conditioner formulated to COSMOS standard.
8.6 Formulating detangling spray These leave in sprays help detangle your hair making combing much easier. Perfect for children or longer hair. Watch as we formulate a Lavender & Mandarin Detangling Spray.
8.7 Formulating co-wash Co-wash stands for ‘conditioner only’ wash. Co-wash is very popular with people with Afro-textured hair, due to the fact that that type hair is rather dry and can get even drier after shampooing. Co wash provides a little bit of cleansing action and a lot of conditioning, which benefits dry hair. We include a formulation example for a Herbal Boost Co-wash.
8.8 Formulating solid conditioner bars This lesson covers how to formulate solid conditioner bars, such as our luscious Honey & Banana Deep-Conditioner Bar. Solid conditioner bars are hugely popular and with good reason. Soon you’ll be formulating and making your own!
8.9 Formulating your own conditioners This lesson includes product development briefs, formulation templates, and worksheets to enable you to formulate your own range of gorgeous conditioners.
8.10 Troubleshooting conditioners After completing this lesson, you’ll know how to troubleshoot the most common issues that arise when creating conditioners.
Module 9: Hair treatments and styling products
There is a whole range of possibility for haircare products beyond shampoo and conditioner! This module covers a variety of treatments and specialized haircare products to styling, protective, and clarifying solutions for the scalp.
9.1 Hair treatments and styling products: an introduction In this lesson, you’ll discover the different types of hair treatments you can formulate to natural and organic standards.
9.2 Formulating hair oil Learn how to formulate nourishing hair oils and practice with our example for a Reviving Hair Oil.
9.3 Formulating anhydrous hair mask/butter Formulate hair masks and butters to use as a pre-wash treatments or a leave-in after-wash treatments. We’ll share a formulation example for a beautiful Monoi Beauty Butter for Hair.
9.4 Formulating hair wax This 100% natural styling product lubricates the hair, creates a wet-look effect, and offers light hold. Formulate your own plus receive our example Mojito Hair Wax formula.
9.5 Formulating anti-frizz spray This is the only product on the entire course that isn’t formulated to natural or organic standards. For this particular product the natural alternatives just aren’t as effective.
9.6 Formulating dry shampoo Reduce oiliness on the scalp and increase the time between washes with a natural dry shampoo. We’ll share our example formula for a Purifying Dry Shampoo with Clay plus a formulation template so you can easily formulate your own!
9.7 Formulating clay based mask Gently clean oil and dirt from the scalp and hair with a clay based hair mask. Enjoy our example formula for a Detox Clay Hair Mask.
9.8 Formulating Ayurvedic paste shampoo Discover Ayurvedic saponin-rich plant powders that are used to gently clean oil and dirt from the scalp and hair. We’ll share our formula for an Ayurvedic Color-protect Paste Shampoo.
9.9 Formulating scalp scrub This is an innovative gel-type product that offers exfoliating and mild foaming properties. Formulate your own and practice with our Energizing Scalp Scrub formula
9.10 Formulating scalp serum Formulate a gel-based scalp serum to deeply nourish and tone skin on the scalp, to stimulate hair roots and protect newly grown hair. Includes our example formula for a Tonifying and Protecting Scalp Serum.
9.11 Formulating hair gel Formulate a COSMOS standard hair gel that offers medium to strong hold for hair styling purposes. Practice with our example Nourishing and Styling Hair Gel formula.
9.12 Formulating salt spray Salt sprays offer mild hold, enhance curls and create a tousled beach look. They are easy to make and fun to use! We’ll share our Summer Look Salt Spray formula for you to practice with.
9.13 Formulating heat protection spray Learn about natural protective ingredients that can be used to formulate a heat protection spray. We’ll share our example formula for a Grapefruit Thermo-protect Spray that uses innovative, natural protective ingredients.
9.14 Formulating your own hair treatments and styling products Now it’s your turn to practice formulating hair treatments and styling products! We’ve provided four Formulation Worksheets to help you:
- Powdered products (dry shampoo, clay mask, Ayurvedic paste shampoo)
- Anhydrous products (hair oils/anhydrous masks/wax/anti-frizz spray)
- Gel-based products (hair gel/scalp gel serum)
- Water-based products (heat protection spray/salt spray)
9.15 Troubleshooting hair treatments and styling products After completing this lesson, you’ll know how to troubleshoot the most common issues that arise when creating hair treatments and styling products.
Module 10: Cosmetic Regulations
Understanding how to formulate safe products that will meet standards for sale in your country is essential for bringing products to market. This lesson covers the cosmetic regulations that apply to products being sold in the USA, Canada, UK, EU, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, we provide information on how to find other regulations, as applicable, in other locations.
10.1 Overview: selling your products legally In this lesson we will cover the seven steps to selling your products legally. Plus receive a bonus Manufacturing Log template!
10.2 Cosmetic product testing In this lesson we cover types of cosmetic product testing and assessment explained, including microbiological/challenge testing, stability testing, Cosmetic Product Safety Reports, and other (optional) tests.
10.3 Cosmetic regulations by country In this lesson we cover the cosmetic regulations for USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia, UK, EU and South Africa.
10.4 International Fragrance Association (IFRA) guidelines and calculating allergen levels In this lesson cover IFRA standards and definition of classes, IFRA conformity certificates, allergen reports and calculating allergen levels in your product.
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Includes formulation guidelines and example formulations for:
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Includes formulation guidelines and example formulas for:
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I am really happy that I took the step and signed up for the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation.
“Before I started the course I didn’t know anything about making haircare products – I was at the stage of making homemade soap bars or easy oil based products. So this course was completely different and I had lots of new things to study, such as surfactants and preservatives.
I am really happy that I took the step and signed up for the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation. I didn’t have clue how to make a proper working shampoo with all the important ingredients and I have learnt so much. I have already made my first shampoo and testing it on myself, it looks very promising. I don’t have to ever buy shampoo from shops again!
Plus I am much more familiar now with how to read INCI ingredients. I read the labels on all products I buy nowadays and if it has a surfactant I don’t like, I don’t buy it!”
Michaela Bubakova, UK
This course has given me a solid base of knowledge and the confidence to formulate my own products.
“I already had some experience of creating haircare products but I wanted to delve more into the science of hair to formulate products to suit different hair types. I knew how to formulate for oily or dry hair, but not for other types or types in between, so the course was very helpful.
I now know how to formulate correctly for Afro-textured hair. I can now calculate the active matter for my shampoos formulas as I didn’t know how to determine this or what active matter to aim for.
The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation course provided me with some new formulas such as making a solid shampoo that’s soap free, a conditioner bar and heat styling products.
I particularly enjoyed the Module on ingredients as it’s so huge; I love it! It provided me with such a wide range of actives and ingredients to use in hair products and I have learnt which ingredients I can incorporate together as I wasn’t sure how to do this.
I enjoyed very much all the formulas, the science of hair, learning about hair types, and what suits each type. I wanted to have confidence in making all types of natural haircare products and this course has given me a solid base of knowledge and the confidence to formulate my own products.”
Inas Mohammed, Egypt
“Before the course I had not even tried to formulate my own products. So, everything in the course was pretty new to me.
Having taken the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, I understand how to formulate and how different formulating is from just using recipes.
I know how to select and use ingredients, including which order they go in in the formulation and how much of each to use. I also understand the importance of broad spectrum preservatives in products that contain water and how to adjust the ph of products.
I liked the quizzes because they made me think and they were useful to find out if I understood the lessons. I enjoyed experimenting with the example formulations provided in the course and, of course I liked the tutors and the video demonstrations; I felt like I was in the classroom. (By the way, they have beautiful voices.)”
Njambi Njehu, Belgium
I chose to enroll onto the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation because I wanted to learn how to make natural haircare products and upgrade my current shampoo into a better formulation with a more suitable texture.
I knew that I needed to know which type of surfactants to use, which ones can be used together or are compatible with each other and how to tailor my products for different hair types and hair problems.
Having completed my Diploma, I now know which surfactants I can use, which are compatible with which, which thickeners to use. I also about ingredient selection, how to adjust the hair pH levels and formulate my own haircare products tailored to different types of hair.
I enjoyed exploiting the botanical extracts and learning how to formulate. I love making my own shampoos, hair conditioners and rinse-off products!”
Rosidah Mohamed, Malaysia
I am in the beauty business and have always had an interest in all aspects of skin and hair and thought that taking the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation would be a natural progression.
Before the course, I struggled with not knowing the differences of formulating for different hair types – I didn’t know how or where to start!
One of the best things I have learnt is how each hair type behaved and what each required to be healthy.
I’ve really enjoyed the ease of learning and formulating the various types of products, and I love the Monday Q&A!
It was hard to find natural haircare products without the “nasties” I wanted to avoid, so I took the plunge and started the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation so I could learn how to make my own natural haircare products.
It is so amazing that I can now make natural haircare products for my family that contain ONLY the ingredients I choose, and which also smell fabulous and work great!
I loved the fact that the course could be completed at my own pace. I finished the course learning and my theory assignments, but then life got busy and I needed more time to make the products! I was so grateful that I could extend the course and go back to key lessons for a refresher before making them. This flexibility is outstanding!
I wanted to be able to make products that were specifically formulated for my own hair, as I could not find products that worked with my hair that was natural.
During the course, I found the demonstration videos very helpful and rewatched them several times!
Since taking the course, I now have a full understanding of what my hair needs and how to formulate the products that will work for me.”
I wanted to take this course because I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for 11 years, and I’ve always wanted to learn and be knowledgeable on the ingredients that I use for myself and my clients. I also want to start a product line!
I am now able to read a label and know whether a product that says it’s organic and natural actually is! I’ve also learnt how to put formulations together and know the function of the ingredients that are in hair care products.
Seeing the formulations being made within the course was something I absolutely loved!
Me and two other girls are developing a startup natural haircare line mainly for people of color. We wanted to have the proper information to be able to formulate products correctly for those we believe will be the main consumers of our products.
We really didn’t know enough about what goes into developing natural haircare products. We struggled to find what formulations would work best for African American hair types.
The course helped us to understand everything that goes into developing a haircare line. We have now developed three products including an oil, leave-in conditioner and curl cream. We have all the proper equipment needed to develop each of our products as well.
I enjoyed being able to do the course at my own pace. The most useful part of this course was simply being able to print out each of the chapters. Invaluable!
I started formulating in my kitchen, but upon doing research, learned that I wanted to be certified so that my customers can trust my products and I can be confident about my formulation.
This course helped me by teaching me how to create a formula, what percentages of products are allowed, where to find reputable certified distributors, and most importantly, step by step video demonstrations that I can always refer to while doing my practical formulations.
I have really enjoyed the information about the distributors and the videos were so useful!
“I could never find any hair products that suited my needs, and really wanted to learn what types of ingredients suit different types of hair.
For example, not using humectants for African hair types, because African hair types are usually dry types and you’d think humectants would be one of the first ingredients on the list!
I found downloadable and interactive worksheets and assignments the most useful part of the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, as well the layout of the course. It was very well compartmentalized.”
Is the course accredited?
Yes! The Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation is accredited by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service. The CPD Certification Service is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors. They are a globally recognized institution and accredit courses by prestigious organisations including the University of Westminster and the London School of Economics – and ours, too! The CPD Certification Service assesses each course individually, evaluating the quality of training materials and learning activities against the highest standards. We are delighted to have passed the formal and impartial CPD accreditation process carried out by the team of experienced assessors at the CPD Certification Service. See our Accreditations and Memberships page for more information on our professional memberships and accreditations.
I live in Australia/USA/India/ _______ (insert country here). Can I still take the course?
Yes! The course is a fully online training program that consists of online training videos, downloadable workbooks and worksheets and an online student support group. It is designed to be taken from home from anywhere in the world and the products we make meet global quality and safety standards. We’ll provide information on ingredient suppliers in many different countries and will guide you to the relevant regulations wherever you are based, too. We have students in over 50 countries so you’ll be joining a thriving community of global students when you join!
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course inside the online classroom for 18 months. You can also download many of the materials to save on your own computer and keep for longer than that and if you wish to renew your access for another year this is possible too, for a small fee.
If you enroll on the Haircare and Skincare Diploma bundle then you have 2 years access to both courses and the bonus classes.
Are there any assignments? Will I get a certificate at the end?
Yes, when you have finished the course there will be several assignments to submit. These are straightforward to complete and based on the material covered in the class. On successful completion, your course certificate will be issued. You have 18 months to submit your assignments (or two years if you enroll on the Skincare and Haircare Diploma Bundle).
When can I enroll?
Now! Enrollment is open and when you enroll by 20th March 2020 (midnight Los Angeles) you’ll also receive three bonus classes with your enrollment. These bonus classes are Haircare products for children, Men’s facial hair products and Formulating party-ready hair products.
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Do you teach how to formulate products for Afro-textured hair?
Our mission is to teach *how* to formulate for specific hair types, including Afro-textured hair. We teach you about the physiological and anatomical characteristics that are typical for different hair types and from this knowledge we build your understanding and ability to formulate for different hair types.
In addition to this we provide formulation examples suitable for many hair types, including Afro-textured, and also formulations targeted specifically at Afro-textured hair types.
As Afro-textured hair has different characteristics and needs we have sections in the following lessons dedicated to Afro-textured hair:
2.4 Hair types and shape covers the structural differences in Caucasian, Asian and African hair in terms of its cross-sectional shape, degree of curl, sebum and shine, grooming ease and breakage, maximum length and strength and the implications of this for haircare
2.7 Caring for Hair includes a section on caring for Afro-textured hair
6.2 Formulating shampoos for different hair types includes formulating for Afro-textured hair. This means you’ll be able to adapt/create formulations designed for the needs of Afro-textured hair.
8.1 Formulating different types of conditioner includes a section on Co-Wash (popular among people with Afro-textured hair type)
8.2 Formulating conditioners for different hair types includes formulating for Afro-textured hair. This means you’ll be able to adapt/create formulations designed for the needs of Afro-textured hair.
8.7 Formulating co-wash Includes a formulation template for co-wash (which you can adapt to create your own formulation) and a formulation example for co-wash for dry hair.
9.2 Formulating Hair treatments: We include treatments suitable for Afro-textured hair including hair oil, hair butter/mask, clay hair mask.
The course has been designed in such a way as to teach students how to care for and formulate for Afro-textured hair types (and other hair types too).
Are there set lessons to do on specific days or can you do it in your own time?
The course is a self-study, self-paced course so you can study at a time that suits you and complete the course as quickly or slowly as you wish. All the lessons are pre-recorded, so they are available for you at any time. For the first intake of students in July 2018, we are open for enrollment from Wednesday July 4th. The first Module is available as soon as you enroll. Subsequent modules are released week-by-week until September 10th.
Why are your prices in US$?
We are an international school with students worldwide. US dollars are the most widely recognized and accepted currency. You can check the exchange rate for your local currency using xe.com.
I don’t have any experience, is the course still suitable for me?
Yes you can certainly take the Diploma class as a beginner. In fact, it will ensure that you learn the correct way to design and create products right from the start, so it is a great way to begin your journey with making products!
We include all the foundations of formulating in Module 1: Creating Professional Haircare Formulations and the practicalities of setting up and lab and making products in Module 3: Lab Skills, Equipment, and Packaging. These modules have been included to enable beginners to join the course and are a useful refresher for students with more experience.
What help is available if I need it?
The course is primarily designed as a self-study course. It takes a very thorough step-by-step approach and each module builds on the next. Therefore as you progress through the course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to become an expert formulator. When you sign up to the course you also get to join our private online student community (hosted via Facebook) to meet and discuss with other students, who have lots of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share. There we also host a weekly Q & A with our Formulation Tutor, who can answer any questions you have as you work through the course.
Where do I buy the ingredients and materials that I need?
We have featured a range of ingredients in the course including those that are more common and easy to obtain. You can find an ingredient starter list here.
Depending on where you are based and what you want to buy you may need to order specialist ingredients from overseas. It is also possible to substitute ingredients for similar ones.
What will the release schedule of course content be if I choose a payment plan?
If you choose to spread the cost of your course by choosing a payment plan, you will not receive all of the course content in one go. Instead, each time we receive your monthly payment, the next installment of your course will be released, according to the following schedule.
Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation Release Schedule:
Month 1: Haircare Diploma Modules 1-3
Month 2: Haircare Diploma Modules 4-5
Month 3: Haircare Diploma Module 6
Month 4: Haircare Diploma Module 7-8
Month 5: Haircare Diploma Module 9
Month 6: Haircare Diploma Module 10