Natural Shampoo Bars
Shampoo bars are bars of soap that are specially formulated for the hair.
Some of the benefits of using a shampoo bar include shinier hair, increased volume, faster growing hair, reduced dandruff and less frizz. If you have curly or wavy hair, it will help to defined curls with better control.
What's not to love about solid shampoo bars?
For the Hair & Health.
- Free of SLS/SLES (sodium laurel sulfate / sodium laureth sulfate)
- Restore natural oils and your hair natural shine.
- Contains natural glycerine, that gets removed in commercial products and it is great for your hair.
- Help restore the hair’s pH.
- It does not contain harsh detergents or nasty chemicals, found in commercial shampoos.
For the environment
- No need for plastic bottles.
- Natural fair-trade ingredients
- No palm oils.
- No Animal Testing.
- Easier for travelling.
- Use less water in the process of producing this bar.
- Solid bars use significantly less water than liquid shampoo
How to use your shampoo bar
Wet your hair, rub the shampoo bar between your hands, or use a natural cloth or sponge to make a lather, apply and rub the lather into your scalp.
Some people find easier to rub the bar directly on their hair, but It may be better not to do this, at the beginning.
Rinse very well with water. For best results use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse.
Taking Care of Your Shampoo Bar
Because your natural shampoo bar doesn't contain any artificial preservatives or hardeners, with a little care, you can prolong the life of your shampoo bar and it will serve you very well.
- Don't let your shampoo bar drown in water.
- Make sure your shampoo bar is exposed to fresh air between uses.
- Store your used shampoo bar on a well-drained soap dish.
- Store unused shampoo bars in a dry, dark and cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen closet.
- Don’t seal or airtight your shampoo bar for long periods of time.
Shampoo Bars Trouble Shooting.
Shampoo bars are great, but some people have trouble when they try a shampoo bar for the first time, their hair feels funny, too oily or too dry.
We would like to explain why and how to solve these problems, sometimes Shampoo bars require a bit of patience, but once you solve your problems the results are incredible.
Are you new to Shampoo Bars?
If you been using commercial shampoo containing detergents, these have been striping the natural oils from your scalp and hair, your scalp will produce more oil to compensate and it is a vicious cycle of excess oil production.
As you transition to shampoo bars the oil production of your scalp rebalances, and your hair’s natural pH restores, but during this period you may feel your hair has more frizz, it is more tangled or perhaps greasy, You hair is basically detoxifying.
Are you using the right shampoo Bar?
Another problem could be that you are using the wrong shampoo bar. Everyone’s hair is different, and you need to find the right shampoo bar for your hair. Try different samples first, this way you can choose which shampoo bar is right for you.
Build-up in Scalp and Hair
Our natural shampoo bars may have a problem removing the build-up of chemicals that have been accumulating in your hair by using commercial products for years.
If you feel you are having a bad hair day, your hair feels dull, greasy, flaky or you have an itchy scalp, even when your hair has been freshly washed, you may be suffering from product build-up. To remove this build-up naturally try to use a baking soda rinse.
It is very difficult to rinse your hair with hard water, it leaves a soap residue in your hair specially if you have long hair. We know that commercial hair products change their product formulation depending on how hard the water in some areas is.
Try using distilled water or use a shower filter. You can also use a baking soda rinse. to wet your hair before using the shampoo bar.
2 Tablespoons of baking soda.
1 Litre of Water (best if is distilled or filtered)
Mix water and the baking soda (Use 1 Tablespoon if you have dry hair) in a jug.
Apply the mix to your hair, by pouring or spraying the mixture on hair.
Some people find it easy to use a spray bottle, to distribute the rinse water on their hair.