How To Switch To A Shampoo Bar

For many of us the thought of ditching our trusted bottled shampoo can be daunting.

This blog aims to show you that it needn’t be, and how after an initial transition period the benefits can be threefold: Financial, environmental and beautiful!

Commercial shampoos often contain synthetic detergents which are designed to remove dirt, sebum and styling products from the hair and scalp, and boy are they good at this – so much so that they also take most of the hair’s natural oils with them, causing the skin to counteract by creating ore oils, thus encouraging you to wash your hair more often. And so the cycle begins…

Shampoo Bars

Shampoo bars are kinder than this, but, like any natural product they require a little more elbow grease and a modicum of patience.

Our shampoo bars contain 100% natural oils & butters; coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil and shea & cocoa butters to be precise (please note, no palm oil).

These work in unison simply to clean the hair rather than strip it of its natural oils, ultimately removing the necessity to wash it so regularly.

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Luscious Locks Shampoo Bar
Luscious Locks

However, just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither can habits be broken in a wash! For years your hair has been coated with gums, thickeners and silicones found in commercial shampoos and these need to be removed in order for the natural bars to work their wonders.

Here are a few tricks to get you on your way:
  1. Mix 1tbsp of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water and use to rinse your hair before using the shampoo bar. The mixture will help remove the residue, allowing the oils to strut their stuff.
  2. Rub the bar directly onto the scalp/hair to create a rich lather and spread this evenly around the hair.
  3. Don’t hurry the rinse. The natural oils will be in less of a hurry to leave your luscious locks so take time to rinse them out.
  4. Dilute 1tb of apple cider vinegar in warm water scented with essential oils. Rosemary is a great one for adding shine to hair!
If you still think your hair is in need of some TLC here is an easy recipe for a conditioning mask:

Warm together 1tbsp of honey and 1tbsp of olive oil. Mix with either 2tbsp of yoghurt (for oily hair) or 1 mashed banana (dry hair) and rub all over the hair. Leave for 35 mins and rinse under warm water.

Finally, as with all our soaps, remember to store them in a free-draining dish so they can dry out properly in between uses.

We would love to hear how you get on or of any of your own tips for making the transition! We’re a friendly bunch so please feel free to comment below!

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  • I have used shampoo soap for about 5 years and I use a spray bottle with 1/3 white or cider vinegar and 2/3 water with maybe some Essential oils if I am feeling fancy! Spray in after rinsing and rub well in, the rinse after a few minutes. Make the whole process very simple.

  • I used the avocado and coconut oil bar for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t do any prior prep, or aftercare, and can honestly say my hair has never looked, or felt better! A complete convert. I do have short hair, so the bar maybe will last a tad longer than for others, but I don’t seem to use as much as a traditional bottle of shampoo.

  • Wow, Lea, that’s amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this, we’re so glad it has worked for you!
    Sx

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