Making the Change to Shampoo Bars....
So we are all now trying to find alternatives to alleviate the mounting disposable plastic issue by "ditching the plastic" that liquid Shampoo's and Conditioners come in, over to solid bars that hopefully come in environmental packaging.
Making the change to solid shampoo and conditioner bars requires a little patience, it is not always an instant transition, here is a little bit of info to help you with your journey.
A hair strand is mainly made up of layers of a tough protein, called keratin. The outer layer of the hair follicle is called a cuticle which has scales or shingles that overlapping each other. Healthy hair has scales that lie flat - we all love smooth hair right?
Commercial shampoos are made up of synthetic detergents that strip your scalp and hair of all its natural oils, and also damage the cuticle by tearing up the overlapping scales, whereby you will then require to use a conditioner to smooth out the hair follicle.
Natural shampoo bars will not strip the hair of its natural oils, nor injure the cuticle and scales.
Majority of commercial shampoos are made up of synthetic detergents that strip your scalp and hair of all its natural oils, which then you need to replace with conditioners.
Some conditioners contain silicon that coat your hair and smooth out the hair follicle. The most common ingredient listed on product bottles that is a form of silicone is dimethicone. A thin layer of silicone is always left on the hair if it is a water-insoluble silicone, making naturally greasy hair even more greasy or weighing down fine hair. For more insight to silicone's see link below.
Now when starting your new hair care regime using solid bars, it may take 2 washes of shampooing to remove any of the commercial ingredients and up to 1 month of washing to get your hair back to its natural state and start producing natural sebum.
Though sebum may feel greasy, sebum on the scalp helps to moisturize your hair and also protects it from getting brittle and breaking off. It also helps to maintain the pH of our skin, keeping our skin cells from drying out.
Your hair might even look and feel a bit grungy in the first month, I decided when it was like this I just tied it up so my natural oils built up. I also recommend brushing your hair a few times a day to help distribute the oils through your hair.
Depending on your hair type you may or may not need to use a conditioner, due to Shampoo bars having natural oils in them and your own hair producing sebum.
At first I used the conditioner each wash, however over time I use less and less, sometimes none at all. I gauge the dryness by how may hair feels after shampooing.
It is also important to use an acidic rinse.
A Citric Acid rinse helps balance the PH of the scalp and removes any build up which may cause an itchy scalp, it also smooths out the follicles on the hair shaft and leaves your hair shiny.
The citrus rinse is generally used after you have used shampoo and/or conditioned your hair. Once applied you can just leave it on your hair with no rinsing, but if you do decide to rinse it out that is completely okay to.
Apple cider vinegar and water is also a great rinse, it does smell a little but this tends to dissipate after drying.
It is also important not to give up! Swapping back and forth from Shampoo Bars to Commercial Shampoos will only make the process longer - it may take a whole month of commitment but it is worth it!
I love solid shampoo and conditioner bars and my scalp and hair are thankful!
My aim was to make 100% natural shampoo and conditioners and give people the choice to use a product that is better for their hair, skin and the environment.
Our move2eco shampoo bars last around 40 washes and the conditioner bars even longer (months).
information on Silicone's in Shampoo & Conditioners: https://www.theepochtimes.com/what-you-should-know-about-silicone-silicone-free-shampoo_417943.html
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