We love our solid shampoo bars! They are packed with luxurious natural ingredients and pure essential oils that keep hair soft and radiant. The thing is that not everyone is familiar with them making it harder to switch from traditional shampoo bottles.
In this post, we share their great benefits and show you how to use them and make the best of these amazing bars, you will see that there is nothing daunting about them!
1. They are eco-friendly
Did you know that the UK alone throws away about 520 million shampoo bottles every year? Add liquid soap, household cleaners, beverages, etc., the number of plastic bottles we go through every year is enormous! And sadly, recycling is not a real solution.
According to this study, as of 2015, about 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been thrown away since 1950, about 12% has been incinerated for permanent disposal, only 9% has been recycled, and about 60% is in landfills or scattered in the environment.
Moreover, according to this study, the carbon footprint of liquid soap is 25% larger than soap in bar form on a per-wash basis. Liquid soap also needs 5 times more energy to produce and can use 20 times more packaging. All of this makes liquid soap heavier and less efficient to transport from the factory to your shower.
2. They are good value
One bar can give you up to 60 washes, more or less, depending on the shape, thickness and length of your hair. That is at least two 250g bottles of liquid shampoo without the plastic, is a lot lighter to carry around in your travels, takes less space and you won’t have any issues at the airport by keeping it in your carry-on.
3. They are good for you
Switching to a shampoo bar will help you reveal your hair’s natural beauty. You will rediscover, nourish, and support the natural radiance your hair already holds.
Traditional shampoos are detergent-based and have some questionable additives, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate, that strip hair and scalp from their natural moisture. Natural shampoo bars leave hair clean without feeling dry the way many detergent-based shampoos can. For some people, conditioner isn’t even needed after their hair adjusts with a bar.
“I’ve tried solid shampoo bars but they didn’t work for me!”
There are a few things to consider when switching to a natural hair care routine. You might have already tried in the past but didn’t feel right and went back to liquid shampoo. Don’t feel bad, some people experience a transition period where they feel their hair or scalp becoming dry or oily or both in different patches. It is also common to experience increased tangles or frizz, and hair shafts feeling weird or waxy.
This could be a result of two things, a bad reaction with hard water or an adjustment to balancing out your scalp’s oil production. The most important thing for you to know is that it is only temporary and your hair is on its way to a healthier, more balanced state!
Living in an area with hard water means that it is very high in mineral components, especially calcium and magnesium, as well as sulphates and bicarbonates. You can tell if you have a hard water problem if soap doesn’t lather enough, clothes feel rough to the touch, and you see a build-up of scale on your taps and a sort of “film” on shower doors or bathtubs.
Hard water makes our scalp flaky and irritated, and our hair looking flat and dull. More shampoo is needed to create a good lather making it harder to rinse off completely, and leaving you with a lot of unwanted build-up.
So what can we do about it? An easy solution is to wash your hair with previously boiled water. For a permanent solution, you can install a water softener system in your home, or get a shower head filter, although make sure to do your research to find one that is actually effective.
Another recommendation is prepping your hair for the swap with a very simple Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. This will remove all the nasty build-up from your old detergent-based shampoo, and seal the hair cuticle resulting in brilliant shine.
“Ok, I’m in! What do I do now?”
Step 1 – Shampooing
First and foremost, choose a shampoo bar that is suitable for your type of hair and concerns. Even better if you go for a zero-plastic option, palm oil-free to limit the environmental land impact, and from a local market or independent shop to reduce transportation carbon footprint.
Use your hands to create a foamy lather and distribute evenly onto the roots of your hair. There is no need to rub the shampoo bar directly on your head, you may also use a natural sponge or a soap pouch to create the lather.
For better results, section your hair and massage each patch carefully with the shampoo foam. Use circular motions to spread the shampoo and help circulation, this will make your hair look even more healthier.
Once you are sure you have applied the lather everywhere, rinse very carefully. And then…rinse again, and again!
Step 2 – Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
During the detox period, it is recommended to apply this after your shampoo every 2/3 days until your hair has properly transitioned and got used to the natural ingredients of your new shampoo bar.
After that, once a week is good, but that can vary depending on your hair type. People with oily hair may need it more often, while those with dry hair will be fine doing it once or twice a month.
An Apple Vinegar rinse will help remove the bulid-up and restore the natural pH balance of your scalp, preventing it from becoming dried out and itchy. To prepare, mix 1 to 4 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with a cup of water. If you have dry hair, begin with two tablespoons, if you have oily hair or dandruff, three or four spoons is good.
Please remember that these are just guidelines and you can tweak the recipe to your needs. You may also add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils if you’re not too keen on the vinegar smell.
Step 3 – Let It Dry Naturally
Air-drying your hair has many benefits such as retaining moisture and avoiding damage caused by heat tools. The less you use them, the faster your hair will heal, and the less you will find you need them.
What’s your experience with shampoo bars?
If you haven’t, what would make you try them?
What are your hair goal or concerns?
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