Adjustments periods can range from a few days to a few weeks when switching to natural hair products, most adjust within the first week. Once the hair has transitioned, many never want to use liquid shampoo again. Commercial liquid shampoos and conditioners often contain synthetic silicones and silica that coat your hair, to make it feel nice, but leave a residue in your hair. Synthetic silicones are derived from polymers which are soft, plastic, gel-like substances that are hard to remove from your hair and scalp.
To use the shampoo bar, simply wet your hair completely and massage the bar against your hair in small circular motions until you work up a rich lather. Some say it is easier to rub the bar between your hands to work up some lather, then rub your hands on your hair. Work the lather into your scalp and rinse thoroughly.
A weekly apple cider vinegar rinse is also good during the transition period.Simply bring a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water into the shower and do a final rinse with it. Once your hair dries the smell of vinegar will be gone. This works well for some people who use the rinse to remove some of the buildup from commercial shampoos at first, once you stop using these commercial products, use this ACV rinse for about a month or more along with the shampoo bar, your hair will not have any buildup remaining and you can reduce the amount of ACV in the mixture or stop using it altogether if you prefer.
To make the soap bar last longer, please keep it in a dry soap dish or holder away from sitting or running water when not using.
For people with sensitive skin, please be sure to read the ingredients carefully before using and test a small are on your skin to make sure it will not cause a reaction.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Combine 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water, pour over hair and scalp and rinse with warm water. For less hard water, you can use as little as 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to 3 cups water and leave it in if you prefer. Vinegar conditions and gives your shine. Your hair will smell like vinegar until dry but the smell goes away. Some people prefer to use the rinse before shampooing.
Baking Soda Hair Rinse
Dissolve ˝ cup Baking Soda in 2 Cups warm water. Pour over hair and leave for a minute or two and rinse well. This rinse helps to remove build up, adds body and manageability. Another method is to work a handful of baking soda into your hair after shampooing and let it set for a minute or two before rinsing. You can also add baking soda to your hair while shampooing.
Be sure the conditioner is completely dissolved in the water. You may need to whisk for a moment with a fork if it doesn’t readily dissolve. Shampoo with your favorite natural shampoo. Rinse. Pour contents over hair. No need to rinse!
!!!! Because of this, when you begin to use natural shampoo your hair may undergo a detox period and may feel, dry or oily, sticky and/or difficult to comb out. This stage can last anywhere from a few days to over a month, depending upon your water hardness (or even the chemicals in your water) and products you have previously used on your hair. Once your hair has normalized you may not need the vinegar rinse, or perhaps only use it once or twice a week. Not everyone will have this adjustment period but for those who do, I think you will be very pleased once you have adjusted. I have been using them for some time and my hair has body and bounce that I never had before.
Shampoo bars are not for everyone especially if you have hard water.
Colored Treated Hair and Natural Shampoo
You may want to do a strand test if you have color treated hair. Here’s how: Shampoo a strand of hair in a non-conspicuous area and rinse. Notice if there are any changes. Most people find that shampoo bars are easier on color treated hair than store bought shampoos.
We receive questions asking which shampoo bar is best for specific hair types. The shampoo bar that will work best for you depends on so many factors that it is next to impossible to guess. We suggest you try several of our shampoo bar samplers to see which bar works best for you.
How long will a shampoo Bar last?
We are often asked “how long will a shampoo bar last?” This depends on so many factors such as your hair type, how much hair, how often you shampoo, how much lather you prefer, etc. It’s impossible to tell how long a shampoo bar will last you so it’s best to order a sample and gauge how long it lasts you specifically.