Why Choose Shampoo Bars and How to Troubleshoot Common Issues
Posted on 11 August 2019
Why shampoo bars?
Our shampoo bars are a great “no-poo” alternative to commercial shampoos that strip the hair of its natural oils causing dryness. They’re a gentle surfactant (aka cleanser), whereas most shampoos are commonly made from synthetic surfactants which are harsh and strip the hair of its natural protective oils.
Wet hair and rub bar through hair until generous lather is produced, focusing on the roots and working outwards towards the tips. We recommend using an ACV rinse (2 tablespoons apple cider or white vinegar in one cup of water) to “condition” the hair after washing, but if you need a little bit more moisture, feel free to use your favorite conditioner.
To extend the life of your bar, we recommend cutting your shampoo bar in half and storing the remaining part in your tin to preserve freshness. This will extend the life of your bar.
After use, either pat the bar dry or store in a draining soap dish.
There will be an adjustment period when switching to shampoo bars. Why? Traditional shampoos strip the oils from your hair and scalp causing your skin to start overproducing sebum, your bodies natural oil, to compensate. The shampoo bars don’t strip the natural oil out; therefore, your scalp will need time to stop overproducing oil and adjust back to normal. The oil production process can vary by person, so be patient! It’s so worth it.
Hair feel overly greasy or like there is a thin film covering it after washing? It’s most likely your water. The shampoo bars will react differently to different locations due to water hardness. Water hardness is a function of mineral content, usually referring to the amount of calcium and magnesium present, and the higher the content, the harder the water. The film that you are feeling on your hair is shampoo bar reacting with the excess minerals in the water to form soap film. Hard water also causes the hair cuticle to stand up and is drying on the skin. Either wash your hair with distilled water or invest in a water softening system of a filtering shower head (you can find a simple attachment for $20 online that will change your life, your hair and your skin - email us if you want some recommendations). Your hair and your skin will thank us.
Ready to make the switch? Shop our shampoo bars