Tips and truths about switching to natural shampoo bars

So, you’re reading this because you’re pondering whether or not to ditch the synthetic laden commercial shampoos for a greener, more natural alternative. So lets start with a couple of benefits to help sway you;

  • They are great for the hair and scalp. They cleanse without stripping your hair of its natural oils

  • If formulated correctly, they should give a great lather. Our bars are formulated with coconut and castor oils to give a creamy thick lather.

  • Lets you help save the planet; firstly, by purchasing less plastic and also by not flushing a myriad of nasty chemicals down the drains and into our waterways.

  • They travel well; I don’t know about you, but I’ve have had spilled liquid shampoo in my bag before, pretty annoying.

  • They are cost effective; one bar allowed to dry between uses should last quite a while. This however, would be affected by a number of factors like how often you wash your hair and how long your hair is. Most commercial shampoos are up to 80% water! Shampoo bars are concentrated hair cleansers where you add the water.

Hopefully, I have you about 80% sure you’re ready to commit to the switch. Let’s get stuck into a few truths about what to expect when you do in fact take the leap.

You may or may not experience a transition period where your hair is behaving a little weirdly while getting used to the change from synthetic chemicals to the natural cleansers in your bar. There are lots of factors that may determine if you do or don’t, like how damaged your hair, how much built-up residue is on your hair, your hair type among other things.

It is completely normal when starting out with natural shampoo bars that your scalp or hair can feel oily or dry, have a little extra frizz, feel tangled or even waxy. Hang in there, it’s totally worth it – I promise! This is just your hair adjusting to the change and in the end you will have synthetic free, clean, shiny and healthy hair. See, commercial shampoos contain harsh detergents that strip the oils from your hair and often replace it with a smooth coating of silicone. In response to this, our scalps can produce excess sebum. When transitioning to a more natural, gentler approach, it may take a few weeks for sebum production to return to normal.

To make the transition that little bit easier;

Firstly, you need to patient; all good things take time. Initially, your hair may feel a little wirey or just weird; totally normal. This may be due to residual suds being left in your hair so to eliminate that issue, make sure you rinse out the suds from your hair thoroughly.  

You may find that your hair benefits from an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. Adding 1-2 tbsp of ACV to 1 cup of warm water and pouring it over your hair after shampooing can make the world of difference. Make sure to massage it through your hair and your scalp and leave it in for a few minutes. Being completely upfront here, the first few times I did this, the smell of the vinegar was a little hard to take but I got used to it and now its not an issue. Leaving the vinegar in for a few minutes helps smooth out the hair follicles, removes soap deposits, prevents tangles in long hair and helps balance the pH of the scalp. If you just can’t stomach the smell of the vinegar, you may want to try a tox-free conditioner bar (we have one coming soon) instead. You may find in time that you don’t really need a conditioner as natural shampoo bars contain conditioning oils that will leave your hair soft.  You may also need to experiment a little with how much ACV to use, and what works best for your hair. Again, I promise it worth it!

Using your Shampoo Bar

  • Wet your hair thoroughly

  • Wet the shampoo bar and rub it over your hair from the scalp to the ends

  • Massage through to work up a thick, creamy lather

  • Rinse thoroughly

  • Spray or pour diluted apple cider vinegar onto hair and massage into scalp and hair, leave for a few minutes

  • Rinse out (or ACV can be left in, the smell will dissipate once hair is dry)

  • Dry or style as usual

After a short period of time and experimentation, we think you can find a new, more natural routine that makes you, your hair and the environment happy.

Happy Shampooing!

Tammy and Sarah x


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