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 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.
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:
- 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.
- Rub the bar directly onto the scalp/hair to create a rich lather and spread this evenly around the hair.
- 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.
- 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!