About Shampoo BarsIf you never used solid natural shampoo bars before – please read information below.
When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles, or frizz and the hair shafts may feel waxy. This transitional period can last for just a week and up to six weeks. It really depends on how damaged your hair is, how hard your water is, how frequently you used products with SLS/SLES and some has to do with your genetics. Those who use heavy styling products may notice this effect more than those who use minimal styling products or who have short hair. This effect is caused by styling product build up and by the fact that my shampoo bars do not contain harsh chemical (SLS, SLES, silicon etc.) to remove the buildup. Once your hair gets back to its natural condition after the transitional period it will look and feel very healthy.
All commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate (also known as SLS/SLES) which can over-dry and irritate the scalp, dry out your hair by stripping all of the natural oils from the root to the tip, and contribute to hair loss, particularly if you tend to shampoo daily. My natural shampoo bars make cleaning a natural process, like it should be. They are an excellent option for anyone, regardless of their hair and scalp situation. By combining natural ingredients in my shampoo bars like oils, butters, extracts, vitamins, and herbs your hair treatment will help to look and feel hair great.
My shampoo bars are safe for all hair types. If you have colored hair, you will find that by using a shampoo bar you will not need to color your hair as frequently. Since your hair is not being stripped by harsh chemicals, the color lasts longer.
Hard Water. One of the biggest issues is that shampoo bars may not perform as well in hard water. Soap causes soap scum in hard water. If you use a shampoo bar in tap water that contains a lot of calcium it will attach to the saponified oils and form scum that settles on your hair. Those minerals deposits will make your hair more prone to tangles and knots. What should we do in this case? Use an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse. It will help to speed up the process, balance scalp pH and remove build up. If your hair has residue from previous products or you regularly use conditioners, styling gels etc., our shampoo bars are mild and may not remove residue from your hair like detergent shampoos. ACV contains nutrients that are great for building luscious locks, including B vitamins, Vitamin C and potassium. Because it is slightly acidic, it also serves to restore the natural ph of the acid mantle. Exposure to this acidity hardens the outer layer of the hair and flattens the cuticle, resulting in hair that shines and is less prone to tangling or snagging. ACV also contains natural alpha-hydroxyl acid, which gently exfoliates the scalp and hair, allowing for removal of dead skin cells and build up. This improves the appearance of the hair, reduces itchiness, and allows for better styling. Please do not stop using a shampoo bar after trying it once or twice and deciding that you do not like it. You need to give the shampoo bars some time to rid your hair of the old residues from the commercial shampoo.
Because shampoo bar soaps do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos you may notice your hair feeling different after washing than you may be accustomed. This is perfectly normal, you'll love how your hair feels after it dries.