SHAMPOO BARS

Transition Period

Swapping to a shampoo bar from your commercial shampoo can take a little patience.  Some of you may be lucky and experience no problems but others may experience a "transition period" when first using these natural shampoos.

I will explain it a little further for you:

Regular shampoos contain harsh chemicals such as sulphates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate and potassium sorbate which strip your hair of the natural oils which actually keep your hair healthy and happy.  Totally stripping your hair of these natural oils has caused production to get out of kilter with what your hair needs, usually resulting in too much oil.

The second effect is that regular shampoos and conditioners tend to coat your hair with chemicals, making it superficially feel silky smooth but leaving you with a toxic build-up of years of residue.  Your hair is therefore going to have to go through toxic rehab; cold turkey.  Please stick with it, don't be tempted to go back to your regular shampoo as you'll have to start the process all over again.

 

Tips to Combat the Grease:

 

Remove Residue

You can help remove your toxic build-up by rinsing your hair in two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water before you shampoo.  Not just for the transition period either, especially if you use products like hairspray, dry shampoo or leave-in conditioner.

 

Keep Oil Production in Check

Apple cider vinegar will help keep your natural oil production under control and also helps with removing product build-up.  Don’t worry, you won’t smell like vinegar afterwards!  Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of warm water.  Apply after shampoo and conditioner (if using) and rinse out thoroughly.  If you are worried about the smell, try applying using a spray bottle to give you greater coverage whilst only using a small amount of vinegar.

 

Take a Break from Over Washing

It sounds counterintuitive, but washing your hair too often will make it greasier, as it over-produces oils to combat the drying effect on your scalp that washing has.  It may be hard but breaking the habit of washing too often will actually leave your hair less greasy.

 

Less is More

Applying more shampoo may sound like you’re getting a better clean, but past a certain point you’ll be creating a product build-up in your hair that’s difficult to wash out.  Try playing around with how much of your shampoo you use to find what’s right for you.

 

 

PERSEVERENCE IS KEY AS BOTH YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT WILL BENEFIT