Want to learn more about how to use natural shampoo bars?
Some people who use natural shampoo bars for the first time find that their hair feels waxy or brittle and find it difficult to brush.
Don’t give up though, there are a few things you can do to help with the transition phase.
Don't panic or give up on natural shampoo bars!
Many people experience a “transition” phase. This is the transition from standard chemical shampoos to natural shampoo bars, often called ‘the purge’. Hair may feel frizzy or waxy, as if there’s still residue on your hair.
For some people this can last a couple of days, for others it can take more than a week. The reason given for this is that normal shampoos strip your hair and scalp of its natural sebum, so your scalp needs time to re-balance its oil (sebum) production.
Tips for an easy transition
1. Use a Bicarbonate of Soda Clarifying Rinse, before using the shampoo bar.
2. Use an apple cider vinegar rinse rather than conditioner as this will help to restore the PH balance of your scalp, remove old chemicals, protect the hair shaft and give your hair shine.
3. Give your hair a few days between washing to allow it to adjust.
4. Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all of the shampoo.
5. Try using a bit of dry shampoo or corn starch if your hair is feeling oily, rub a small amount into the scalp then brush through.
6. Try using a bit of Argan oil after washing to help calm frizz and tangles.
7. Brush your hair often, at least twice a day. Brushing from scalp to tip helps to redistribute your hairs natural oil.
Step 1: Prepare the Bicarbonate of Soda Clarifying Rinse and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
Bicarbonate of Soda Clarifying Rinse
1 Tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 cup of warm water
If you mix this in a bowl or jar we strongly recommend transferring this mixture from the jar into a spray or squeeze bottle so you can easily apply it to your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
1 part apple cider
4 parts water
A few drops of your preferred essential oil.
Put this into a spray bottle (we used an old plastic spray bottle we’d saved).
Step 2: Apply the Bicarbonate of Soda Clarifying Rinse
Whilst in the shower wet your hair, then put the bicarb rinse through your hair and on your scalp and massage your hair and scalp like you would have with shampoo, then rinse it out.
Step 3: Wash your hair with your Natural Shampoo Bar
With most shampoo bars you can rub the bar between your hand to make a lather. Then add the lather to your hair. You may also want to run the shampoo bar from through your hair, starting at your scalp and bringing it towards the end of your hair. Then massage through your hair and onto your scalp.
Rinse out with water.
Step 4: Rinse your hair with the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Liberally apply the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to your hair and massage through your hair and on your scalp.
Rinse thoroughly with water.
Don’t worry your hair won’t smell of vinegar.
Step 5: Drying hair
Towel drying your hair then comb it with a wide toothed comb.
You can then use an oil or other heat protection product on your hair.
Dry and style hair like you normally would.
Many people who have transitioned to natural shampoo bars now only need to wash their hair every other day or even every 3 – 5 days.
Why switch to natural shampoo bars?
Conventional shampoo’s and conditioners contain SLS’s and other “harsh” ingredients to either fill out their products or make them have a long shelf life. These ingredients are considered to be “harsh” because they can be a skin irritant, or worse carcinogenic. In addition to this the ingredients get washed into our drainage system and ultimately end up in the sea, harming the sea environment.
Also, with the growing awareness of our plastic pollution problem, now is a good time to make the switch to shampoo bars and reduce the amount of plastic used in the bathroom.
Are natural shampoo bars expensive?
No, in fact, they are quite affordable. The shampoo bar is £2.75, the Cider vinegar was £1.60 and the Bicarbonate of Soda was £1. In total this is £5.35, which is comparable to conventional shampoo and natural shampoos in bottles.
The Argan oil is more expensive at between £10 – £16 depending on where you shop, but you can use this on your face, body and hair and a 60 ml bottle can lasts about 3 months, as a little goes a long way.