Starting a Small Scale Shampoo Manufacturing Business

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Shampoo business is highly competitive and regulated. A small business owner interested in starting a shampoo business should be ready for competition.
Huge net worth manufacturing companies have probably cornered the juice portion of the market. We are not trying to scare you from establishing your enterprise but merely stating the obvious.
 The only way of competing with the monsters is focusing on a niche market. Billions of the products are sold worldwide and they cover a number of uses.
The ingredients and composition of the shampoos are also diverse and even secret. A small shampoo manufacturing company needs to develop a topnotch product to earn a share of the
Starting a Small Scale Shampoo Manufacturing Business
Different Types of Shampoo
Shampoos are made for specific hair types such as straight, curly, dry and oily. The basic components of shampoos are conditioners and cleanser.
Some have inclusive active ingredients to combat skin conditions like eczema and to treat damaged hair. Other components are deionizer water, modifiers, preservatives, conditioning and foam boosting agents.
The versatility of hair shampoos extend to delicate babies skin, sulphate free and hydration. The surfactants in shampoos are best used for personal hair care and hygiene.
Active Ingredients in Shampoos
The constitution of shampoos depends on specification and functionality. Shampoos consist of similar ingredients that carry out specific functions.
Detergent or surfactants actively interacts by trapping oily materials while formulation thickeners are alkanolamides. Condition agents are usually silicones, polymers including modifiers, special additives and preservatives.
Mixtures include perfumes, color, ethyl alcohol, castor oil and sulphate. The composition of shampoos is regulated and your product needs to pass a standardization test. Therefore constituents and ingredients should be properly measured and labeled. 
You should also give adequate consideration to your product name and packaging. Use a box making specialist to design a beautiful package for your product.
A List of Raw Material Present in Shampoos
1. Special Additives
2. Preservatives
3. Conditioning Agents
4. Modifiers
5. Foam boosters
6. Thickeners
7. Detergents
Registration and Permits
Incorporate the business as a limited liability entity. The product should pass a standardization test and obtain a NAFDAC number. 
You need ISO 9001 certification, trade license and vat registration. Put in place strict waste and pollution disposal strategies to conform to existing laws. Patent the product name and composition when necessary.
Shampoo Manufacturing Plant
There are some equipment’s needed for your manufacturing plant. Purchase a mixer, cooler, filling equipment and batch tanks.
Other equipment’s are weighing equipment and laboratory equipment. The equipment should be able to carryout stabilization test.
Workers should follow strict compounding instruction based on formula. Before filling the batch the formula should pass a strict quality control test.
Hire Staff
Hire qualified lab technicians to formulate your shampoo. Factory workers otherwise known as compounder should work according to strict mixing instructions.
Any variations in the ingredients wil adversely affect the final product.  You company needs sales agents, factory manager, cleaners, casual labor, drivers and security.
Higher only qualified technical staff conversant with shampoo making and years of experience.
Marketing the Shampoo
As a small scale manufacturer your target area is a niche market. Despite huge competition the ocean is large enough for the biggest vessels.
Many small shampoo manufacturers have found success creating high quality products and brand name.  Develop a marketing strategy using top advertisement agencies to push the brand.


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