This light and luxurious hair serum smooths down flyaways, moisturizes dry ends, and imparts a lovely, light sheen. It smells divine, is absorbed quickly, and packs a punch with just a few drops. It’s the sort of thing that would sell for $40 at a salon, but you know better that that 😉

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As with most hair products that are nice and light, this one is mostly water. I’ve loaded that water up with great ingredients, though. First, silk peptides. The proteins that make up silk are very similar to the proteins in our skin and hair, and silk helps smooth the hair, adding shine and elasticity.

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Phytokeratin is plant derived keratin—basically, the stuff our hair is mostly made from. Adding phytokeratin to the serum helps add strength, shine, and bounce to the hair.

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Bamboo bioferment is a relatively new ingredient for me, and I really like it. Rich in naturally occurring silica, It has a silicone-like feel and leaves hair soft, smooth, and shiny.

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I couldn’t choose between camellia seed oil or broccoli seed oil, so I’ve left that decision up to you. Both are fantastic for hair—lightweight, silky, and downright lovely.

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Guar gum and Turkey Red Oil pair to emulsify and thicken the mixture. If you don’t have them you can use 1 teaspoon of Polysorbate 20 (also known as solubilizer—though this won’t thicken the final product at all, so a pump bottle probably isn’t the best packaging choice anymore). I don’t recommend making this without an emulsifier, though. Thorough distribution of the oils is necessary for the light touch of this silk milk.

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Last but not least, some essential oils. Cardamom, chamomile, and lavender pair beautifully to create a soft, bright scent blend that you’ll love.

Bamboo & Silk Hair Milk

35mL | 1.18 fl oz water

5g | 0.17oz vegetable glycerin

¼ tsp silk peptides, powder, or amino acids
¼ tsp phytokeratin
¼ tsp bamboo bioferment

1/8 tsp guar gum
½ tsp Turkey Red Oil or Olivem300 or Polysorbate 80

½ tsp camellia seed oil or broccoli seed oil

5 drops cardamom essential oil
4 drops roman chamomile essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil

0.2g | 0.007oz liquid germall plus (USA / Canada) (or other broad spectrum preservative of choice at recommended usage rate [why?])

Whisk together the water, glycerin, silk, phytokeratin, and bamboo bioferment in a small dish.

Sprinkle the guar gum over the water mixture a little at a time, whisking to combine. Keep in mind that the mixture will thicken a bit over the next few hours, so resist the urge to add more guar gum if you think it’s a bit thin now.

Whisk in the Turkey Red Oil, camellia seed oil or broccoli oil, essential oils, and preservative.

Decant the silk milk into a 50mL (1.7 fl oz) pump bottle. To use, spread a small amount across your palms and lightly smooth and massage into your hair.

I used this bottle. They’ve discontinued the pump I used, but this one will work instead.

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