Switching to Shampoo Bars
Why switch to shampoo bars:
Before we begin:
There is a transition when you switch from the chemicals in traditional shampoos to a natural shampoo bar annnnd (I won't lie) sometimes it isn't pretty. When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles or frizz and the hair shafts may feel waxy. This is your hair freaking out because it forgot how to do it's job. Own it. Like a boss. It will go away!
This transitional period can last for just a week and up to six weeks. It really depends on how damaged your hair is, how frequently you used products with SLS/SLES and some has to do with your genetics. Using a Vinegar Rinse will help to speed up the process, balance scalp pH and remove build up.
During this transitional time or even a few months afterward, your hair may begin to aggressively grow and you may have an exodus of old built-up chemicals that has collects over the years from using traditional shampoos. It's slightly creamy, similar to dandruff, but more localized. It does not itch, burn or feel strange, but it freaks a lot of people out. DON'T WORRY!
SHAMPOO BARS ARE VERY CONCENTRATED!
The bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos and conditioners, so you can use less per application and they will last longer.
Why do they last longer? Take a look at a bottle of shampoo or conditioner in your shower or on the shelves in stores and the first ingredient you will see is water. This explains why you typically need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. It’s true, most bottles recommend only using a dime or quarter-sized amount, but how many of us tend to use quite a bit more than that? I know I likely was over-applying both shampoo and conditioner when I was using liquid product! With the bars, it’s a lot more difficult to use too much, especially when you are applying the bars directly to your head (which is what we recommend). With the shampoo bars, you will find they suds up right away, so you’re able to tell pretty quickly when you’ve reached your desired lather.
SHAMPOO BARS ARE GREAT FOR TRAVEL!
Shampoo bars are great to travel with as you don't have to worry about any potential for spillage or liquid restrictions. The bars are perfect for carry on as no only are they small and lightweight, they are TSA approved, which means you don’t have to plan your packing around your hair care products! And best of all, they help prevent using the individual-sized shampoos and conditioners at your hotel, which goes back to point #1 about reducing packaging waste.
SHAMPOO BARS OFFER A LOW CARBON FOOTPRINT!
The overall carbon footprint is less with shampoo bars and conditioner bars. As mentioned, these solid bars are more lightweight and compact than their bottled counterparts, so they require less space during transport relative to the same amount of washes with liquid shampoo. Roughly ten to fifteen transport trucks of liquid shampoo would be needed for one transport truck of solid shampoo bars to get the same number of washes!
Most people find benefits to switching to a shampoo bar such as increased volume, faster-growing hair, reduced dandruff, shinier hair, and less frizz. If you have curly hair, most people say that they have more defined curls with better control. Shampoo bars are good for all hair types and hair lengths. There are brands that are formulated for color-treated hair.
The majority of shampoo bars are all-natural and DO NOT contain SLS/SLES (sodium laurel sulfate/sodium Laureth sulfate) or other harmful chemicals. SLS/SLES can cause dry, itchy, and irritated scalp. It can also dry out your hair, and contribute to hair loss, especially if you shampoo every day!
So what is SLS/SLES? It cleans the oils from your hair and it allows you to get that really great lather with traditional shampoos. Unfortunately most shampoo bars do not lather very well, but they also do not strip your hair of your natural oils like SLS does.
Because it's gentler, using a shampoo bar allows your hair to retain color and moisture while reducing the instances of dry scalp and especially oily scalp. Removing SLS/SLES from your hair care routine really allows your hair to rebalance and produce adequate amounts of oils.
Dryness: Some people say that they feel that their hair gets dry especially at the tips with long hair when using shampoo bars. I think that this has to do with a need for more light brushing to distribute the oils from the scalp to the bottom of the hair, but that's just my theory!
People have told me that they felt that their dry hair had more moisture and many people who suffer from oily hair or scalp said their hair had changed to what they believed "normal" would be like. It's important to remember that we all have different hair which may respond slightly differently to the same product.