Bar shampoo is not a recent invention. They have become popular again after a few decades of the rule of the chemical, liquid shampoos
At least two generations have grown up washing their hair with the commercial hair cleanser liquids. Now it’s time for an alternative to come back on our shelves, which is not only small and handy, convenient for travel, but saves an extra plastic bottle in your rubbish bin, doesn’t harm the environment and can last longer.
What are commercial shampoos?
Liquid shampoos are containing detergents, surfactants, sulfates, parabens and silicone, that make your hair artificially beautiful. Dry, damaged, color treated hair is usually quite porous, and the silicone patches the damage on the hair like a plastic coating. It’s hard to rinse off, damaging your hair on the long run. If you have been using commercial shampoos the switch to shampoo soap may take a few weeks to remove the residue, to break down the chemical “buildup” on your hair.
What are shampoo bars?
Bar shampoo is essentially the same as a soap bar with all the benefits of its oils. They contain different ingredients, lighter oils that suit better for the hair. Shampoo bars not only contains vitamins and minerals, but it also moisturizes and nourishes the scalp. No need for a shampoo bar for oily hair or dry hair. In a few weeks the shampoo bars restoring its natural balance.
Which oils are the best for the hair?
All-natural solid shampoo bars contain natural oils (to mention a few) such as coconut oil or jojoba oil to add moisture to hair. Olive oil to seal in moisture and prevent hair from damage and breakage such as split ends. Hemp or almond oil to strengthen hair, castor oil for a healthy hair growth or even shea butter to soothe the hair.
How to use?
Gently rub the shampoo soap in your wet hair, this will create a good lather. Massage scalp and hair through, then rinse it off with water. As hair tonic or conditioner try to rinse with apple cider vinegar. Mix 1dl vinegar and 1dl water together and rinse your hair thoroughly and then again rinse well with water. This will make your hair shiny and soft, but not weak. If you prefer, feel free to use another type of vinegar, lemon juice or even citric acid.
The transition period can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month, depending on how damaged your hair is, how much residue and build-up is present. When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry, but by each wash you will notice it is getting better and better.
Keep you shampoo bar separately for a longer lifespan, but if you wish, you can use it as a normal soap on your body.
The dreaded wax build-up
Hair varies between pH 4 and 5 and shampoo bars have a higher pH, around 8-9. Due to this pH difference and because the hair doesn’t have an acid mantle like skin, this leaves a waxy layer on the hair, visible on the comb after combing wet or dry hair. To avoid this drawback, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar (seen as above). The acidic nature of the vinegar helps cut the alkalinity of wax, removing the waxy coating and allowing hair to breathe and shine.
Finding the right bar might take a little time. Different formulas work better on different hair types. Check out our shampoo bar at Roztomýdlo, which contains lots of olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil and jojoba oil for a healthier hair and sculp.