How To Use Our Natural Soapnut Shampoo Bars

Posted by Shashi @ Soapnuts HQ on 25 April, 2016

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Choose the right one for you

To get the most beautiful, bouncy, natural head of hair, make sure you are using the right bar for your hair type. Each of our shampoo bars are made with a unique recipe and contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and clays, herbs or spices. Likewise each person's hair and scalp is unique and will react differently. We suggest trying samples until you find the bar that is right for you. Here is our quick cheat sheet for picking the right soapnut shampoo bar for you ...

Dry Hair: Coconutty, Hemp & Patchouli, Ayurvedic, Dead Sea Mud, Beer & Bay

Oily Hair: Coconutty, Lemon & Avocado, Ayurvedic, Beer & Bay, Dead Sea Mud

Normal: Lucky you! You can use any of them!

Thick/Curly Hair: Hemp & Patchouli, Beer & Bay, Dead Sea Mud, Ayurvedic


How To Use

After using our shampoo bars for 8 years, I think I have the shampoo technique down! Here is how to do it:

  • Comb out dry hair before shampooing. Do not miss this step, especially if you use styling products.

  • Wet bar and lather in hands, apply lather to hair. Repeat until you have enough lather for your length of hair.*

  • Massage lather into roots. Rinse out thoroughly. When you rinse, all the soap that washes through the length of your hair will be enough to clean it.

  • We recommend using our Herbal Hair Rinse Conditioner for amazing, bouncy & shiny hair but also to get rid of any soap/grease or product residue. Spray hair rinse from roots to tip, comb or massage through. Leave on for about 20 seconds, then rinse out. Repeat if necessary.

*When using the bars, one thing that is very important is to lather the soap up really well, and to use lots of lather when washing your hair. The most common spot, especially for people with long hair, is at the back of the head. You need to work the shampoo into your hair with water and lather up so that the dirt and extra oils not needed by your hair can be washed away.

Some find it helpful, to not to rub the bar directly onto their hair. It can be very helpful in making the hair less waxy, if you are going through an adjustment period.

If you are used to using normal commercial shampoo and shampoo twice, you will notice that the second wash produces a lot more lather. The first wash is mixing with the dirt and excess oil in your hair so the second wash is working on cleaner hair. The same is true for our shampoo bars.

So lather up, once, twice, maybe even three times at first. But please make sure to rinse every single time! And then an extra rinse for good measure!


Change is good

Sometimes you go through an adjustment period, when you are using a shampoo without synthetic ingredients. Nomal commercial shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients like synthetic silicones and silica that coat your hair (they leave a residue), and many hairdressers will tell you that it is a good idea to change commercial shampoo brands regularly, as your hair 'gets used to it' and needs a change. This may be only for a week or so, and your scalp will definitely adjust. But here are some helpful tips to get you through this period:

  • RESIDUE: You need to give the shampoo bars about a week to rid your hair of the old residues from your commercial shampoo. Because shampoo bar soaps do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos, you may notice your wet hair feeling different after washing than you may be accustomed. This is perfectly normal, you'll love how your hair feels after it dries.

  • DETOX: Normal commercial shampoos strip away your natural protective oils from your scalp and hair. Your dry scalp now produces more oil to compensate. As you transition to a natural shampoo bar, your scalp needs time to detox, to re-balance scalp oil production. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and for some even longer.  During this transition period hair may feel extra greasy or heavy.

  • HARD WATER: Hard water can make it more difficult to rinse all of the shampoo from your hair, which can be a problem for people with long hair. Studies have also shown that hard water can be an eczema trigger.  The calcium and magnesium in hard water seem to cause skin to become more dry which may lead to irritation. You can either invest in a water softener attachment for the shower (we did this, so much better for skin and hair) or you can use our Hair Rinse Conditioner. If you are not partial to Apple Cider Vinegar, a good alternative is to mix 1 teaspoon of citric acid into 250ml of water and rinse your hair with this.

Hopefully you guys will find my definitive guide (fingers crossed!) to using our natural soapnut shampoo bars useful and if you do have any more tips that I haven't covered feel free to email me.

Shashi @ Living Naturally x

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