Using a Solid Shampoo or Conditioner Bar
Changing from conventional, commercial hair care to natural products can sometimes mean going through a ‘transition period’, this can be especially true if you live in a hard water area.
The reason for this is because most big brands use silicone and plastic to coat the hair, giving the illusion of shiny healthy hair but without any actual benefit to your hair.
When you switch to all natural products they will remove the plastic coating and artificial ingredients from your hair, which will feel different, thus starting the process of naturally revitalising your hair. This can take different amounts of time for each person.
I think it’s fair to say that the natural benefits achieved are worth the short period where your hair may feel greasy or drier than usual.
The reason you go through this transition period is because your body may produce more oil to try to compensate for the loss of the artificial coating that has been on your hair. Causing your hair to temporarily feel waxy, this is just a phase where you are shedding the artificial residues left behind by previous products.
Unfortunately there is no way to avoid this period but it will be worth it when your head comes into its natural balance and your hair is truly shiny and healthy, both inside and out.
Tips for using solid, natural shampoo and conditioner bars
- Wet your hair, and when using solid bars, the wetter the better
- Lather up the bar, you can do this 2 ways, either lather the bar in your hands and transfer the foam to your head or use the bar directly on your hair (Different products may suggest which works best for them), you can expect less foam than commercial shampoos
- Massage your scalp and work the shampoo through from the roots right to the tips
- Rinse the hair, ensuring you remove all traces of lather
- If using, get your conditioner bar, again lather in hands or directly on hair, working from the scalp to the tips
- It can be beneficial to leave the conditioner lather on the hair for around 2-3 minutes
- Rinse hair, ensuring to remove all product from the hair
- After you have finished washing, use a cotton towel to remove excess moisture from hair
- Use a brush to very gently tease out any tangles
Other things to know if considering switching to natural shampoo and conditioner
- Sodium laureth or sodium lauryl sulphate, otherwise known as SLSs, are chemicals that help conventional shampoo mix with water, creating the abundance of foam. These chemicals have been associated with cell damage and stripe away natural oils and hair proteins. When used repeatedly they can actually make the condition of your hair worse, not better, as well as irritating your skin.
- Palm Oil farming is responsible for large areas of global deforestation as well as leaving many species of animal on the brink of extinction. It is commonly estimated that over the last 20 years, over 100,000 orangutans have been killed along with elephants, rhinos, and tigers, due to their habitats being destroyed for the production palm oil. This product has no real benefit to your hair and indeed many brands are now discontinuing use as the plight of animal species becomes more widely recognised.
- Often large brands will hide their real ingredients in terms of ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’, not really letting the average consumer know what chemicals are going on their skin. These chemicals are mainly synthetic compounds and petroleum Over time these can be very negative for the health of your skin and hair, as well as washing away into our rivers and oceans.
- Large scale brands use plastic for their shampoo and conditioner bottles, these are rarely recycled and are damaging for the environment at the time of production