Do you often wander why choose a Shampoo Bar in place of normal liquid shampoo from a bottle?
There are lots of great reasons to make the switch, including
- Reduced Waste
- Save Money
- Great for Travel
- Use Less Space
- Be Plastic Free
- Lower your Carbon footprint
What to expect when making the switch to shampoo bars
When using shampoo bars for the first time, it might seem very different to using traditional liquid shampoos that you are used to.
The first thing you might notice is that the lather is different. Our handmade shampoo bars create a natural lather and not a synthetic one.
This lather will not seem to last as long, plus there will not be so much of it – but don’t be alarmed – bubbles do not clean!
I remember when I first switched to natural shampoo bars made from oils and butters, my hair seemed to be extra greasy and after 10 days, I was understandably concerned. Luckily I discussed this with a fellow eco-friendly friend who told me to persevere and I would see a difference.
I have very fine, thin hair which damages easily and used to frizz and break with traditional shampoos.
NO SPLIT ENDS
My perseverance paid off and after about 2 weeks, I began to notice the change. No grease & no knots and ironically my hair does not need washing as frequently plus I no longer even have to use a conditioner now either as even the ends of my hair do not dry out like they used to do. No split ends!
There are many benefits to switching to using shampoo bars, choosing a handmade shampoo bar gives that little bit more, especially if you buy locally. This can reduce your carbon footprint even further and support your local economy too!
The Science Behind Natural Shampoo Bars
This process happens because our hair gets its oil from sebaceous glands that secrete oil called sebum (our largest organ is our skin!) which keeps the hair moisturised.
Often shop bought shampoos strip excess oil, which helps the hair look cleaner for longer, but what in fact happens is that our skin (sebum)then goes crazy producing the oil to moisture our scalp and hair and so we find ourselves in the unenviable position of having to wash our hair more frequently to stop it getting greasy!
On average I think it takes our scalp a minimum of 2 weeks to adjust but this can differ from person to person, different hair types and age.
Why Choose a Shampoo Bar instead of a Liquid Shampoo?
The chemical residues and silicones in modern day shampoos can build up in our hair and take time to be removed so a good massage, paying particular attention to the length of the hair whilst using the shampoo bar is needed.
In my experience there are very few shampoos & conditioners on the market that are not a chemical compound and if you look on the ingredients of most shampoos and conditioners on the shelves, the first ingredient you’ll see is ‘aqua’ which is water.
Is water a good ingredient?
When water is added to products, a preservative must be added to stop it from becoming unhygienic – which basically means – ADDING A CHEMICAL!
On many common shampoos, I have even seen ingredients such as sodium chloride (salt) and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda – a drain unblocker) and the list goes on…….
I hope this has convinced you to have a go and choose a shampoo bar to try – if you have any questions, I’d be happy to discuss with you further – just get in touch.