A lot of people are making the switch from plastic bottles filled with chemicals to natural shampoo bars but, understandably, are having a few hiccups (and a lot of questions) along the way. I wanted to share some great advice, some from my suppliers, other bits are from my own personal experience. Hopefully the following will help you make the transition to shampoo bars a bit easier.
How is a shampoo bar better than shampoo in a bottle?
- Shampoo bars are more concentrated. It means that it lasts longer than bottled ones! One shampoo bar goes a long way, unlike those in plastic bottles.
- Less waste. One shampoo bar is equivalent to two to three plastic bottles.
- No chemicals – so not only are you avoiding washing chemicals down the drain – you’re also keeping them away from your hair and body so they aren’t absorbed into your blood stream!
- Less carbon emissions during transportation – bars weigh less than bottles (which are mostly water anyway), so use less fuel and create less emissions when they are transported.
Switching to natural shampoo is easier than you think! It might take a few washes to make the transition– but it’s easy enough if you follow these simple tips.
How will my hair and scalp be affected by a shampoo bar?
At first, your scalp might become slightly oily or dry, or flip between the two. It might feel frizzy or waxy too, like there’s a bit of residue left in it. Don’t panic – this is normal, and it’s just your hair’s way of adjusting because your scalp needs time to re balance its natural oil production.
This stage can last 1 week to 6 weeks due to a number of reasons, – water hardness, how much damage using chemical shampoos has done, how you are conditioning your hair.
Stick with it – it’s worth it. And if you need help – get in touch!
Once your hair has adjusted it will feel softer, cleaner and much more manageable, and that’s because natural shampoo bars clean and condition your hair without stripping it of its natural sebum. Any dandruff might disappear too, because your scalp isn’t being dried out and your skin isn’t reacting to those nasty chemicals bottled shampoos are full of.
Top tips for switching to a shampoo bar…
- Use an apple cider vinegar rinse/ bicarb rinse or conditioner bar instead of a conditioner, as this helps restore your scalp’s pH balance as well as banish old chemicals.
- Brush your hair gently and often – twice every day is good – brushing it from scalp to tips so you can help redistribute your hair’s natural oils.
- Give your hair a few days off between washes, just to allow it to adjust. It is recommended 4-5 but you can build up to this.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly whenever you wash it, to help make sure you get rid of every trace of shampoo.
- If your hair has a lot of product built up in it, before you use the shampoo bar try the simple baking soda or apple cider vinegar rinse we’ve detailed below.
- Apple cider vinegar spritz: 1 part apple cider vinegar (use the type with ‘mother of vinegar’), 4 parts water.
- Baking soda rinse recipe: Baking soda is an easy clarifier to use, and it helps lift grease and product residue from your hair. 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 – 2 cups of warm water. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle or cup, then wet your hair, apply the rinse, and work it through. Now rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo it.
- Washing your hair – just run the shampoo bar over your head in one direction, from front to back. This will help you to avoid creating any pesky knots. Once you’ve a good amount of shampoo on your head, massage it into your scalp using your fingers. Now rinse your hair with water until every drop of shampoo is out.
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