When you first switch to a natural shampoo bar you may go through what is called a ‘transition phase’. During this period, your hair may feel oily and you may produce excessive sebum and have waxy residues.
Why does it happen?
The reason this happens is that conventional shampoos and hair products often contain silicones that coat your hair to make it feel soft and look shiny. These substances leave some residues that are hard to remove with natural, gentle products.
Another reason is that conventional shampoos tend to remove your natural oils causing your scalp to overproduce oils to compensate. Because natural shampoo bars don’t strip the hair of their natural oils, for a little while you may have excess oils while your scalp adjusts to the new washing method.
TIPS & RECIPES
Before using the shampoo bar:
To avoid this oily feeling, you can make a baking soda rinse using your shampoo bar. This may be done once to speed up the transition phase or regularly if you live in a hard water area.
1 tbsp baking soda / bicarb of soda
1 litre warm water
Dissolve the baking soda into the litre of warm water. Pour the solution onto your wet hair and massage well but DO NOT RINSE!
Proceed directly with the application of the shampoo bar.
Using the shampoo bar:
Shampoo bars are much more concentrated than liquid shampoos, therefore, rubbing it directly on your hair will result in using too much product, leaving a residue.
- Lather your bar in your wet hands and apply the foam to your hair, massage the area as you would with a liquid shampoo.
- Section your hair in major areas where to apply the shampoo (ie: the top of the hair, the sides and the back). This will ensure even application of the product.
After using the shampoo Bar:
Our shampoo bars don’t need any conditioner afterwards as they contain 5% unsaponified oils and naturally occurring vegetable glycerine (a by-product of the saponification process, usually removed to be used in other cosmetics). Instead, after every wash you will need to use an acid rinse. This has multiple benefits, it will balance the PH (soap is alkaline while our skin is lightly acidic), it will help remove residue and it will leave your hair soft and shiny!
· 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar / White Vinegar or 1 tsp of Citric Acid
· 500ml warm water
· Mix the water and acid ingredient together in a spray bottle
· After washing your hair, spray the mixture on the roots and lengths
· Let it rest on your hair for 1 to 2 minutes then rinse well
You can play around with different concentrations and acid ingredients as it can change from person to person.
And don’t worry if you’re using vinegar on your hair – the smell will fade once your hair dries!
Happy hair washing!