How to Make the Switch to a Natural Shampoo Bar

You've made the decision. You've read the blogs. You've looked at the plastic shampoo bottle in your bathroom with contempt for months now. You're tired of packing and lugging around liquid shampoos that are watered down, inefficient and often formulated with ingredients that you and the planet don't really trust. You're fully ready to make the switch to a natural shampoo bar. 

But you've heard about frizz and waxy buildup while making the switch, and you're busy, so hiding out for a month while your hair adjusts isn't really an option. We're going to break down the process for making the switch below because we want you to get to that 'I'm in LOVE' feeling with your shampoo bar as quickly as possible. We will give you the 'What' and the 'Why' for each stage of the switch.

Before the Switch

What; Start using down and phasing out your existing hair care products (waste not, want not!). For your final wash with your old liquid shampoo, simply stop your routine after you rinse out your shampoo. Do not add in any additional products, such as a conditioner, hair cream, or oil.

Why; Liquid shampoos are formulated to strip your hair of all oils, indiscriminately. This is why we have been taught to add silicone-based conditioners and butter-heavy products like creams back into our hair after washing in order to maintain volume and sheen. Natural shampoo bars do not strip your hair oils indiscriminately, so using it in combination with these other products will create a waxy buildup that will make it hard to love the transition. 

That First Wash - Shampoo;

What; It's been a day or two since your last commercial shampoo, and it's your first wash with your new, natural shampoo bar! For the best results, take the bar into your hands and work the bar under running water until you have a good lather covering your hands. Do not rub the bar directly on your hair and scalp. Set the bar aside, and work the lather through your roots. Massage through the scalp for 60 seconds, and then rinse.

Why; The foam/lather will not be as thick as you are accustomed to. Do not give in to the urge to repeat the process to get to a level of foam that you are used to. It will result in buildup and disappointment. It is really as minimalist as described above. 

That First Wash - Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse;

What; After you are done washing, rinse your hair with two tablespoons of ACV in a liter of water. We simply keep a plastic pitcher and our ACV where our plastic bottles once were. The ratio doesn't need to be exact. Pour the ACV rinse over your hair, gently massaging through your scalp and rinse through with running water. 

Why; It is very common for people to experience the 'waxies' while making the transition. The 'waxies' are a waxy buildup that is so common, it has a nickname! The causes are excess shampoo bar used while washing and residual silicones from hair products. There may also be an imbalance in our scalps sebum production (natural 'oils') that will balance out. The ACV rinse breaks down and excess residue and helps to restore your natural sheen after stopping the use of silicone-based conditioners. This also helps to reduce frizz and tangles.

Ongoing Hair Love;

What; There will be an adjustment period where you scale down the frequency of washing. Your new norm will be a natural shampoo bar wash once every 3 or 4 days. If you continue to feel a waxy buildup, it is likely due to frequency or the amount of shampoo bar being used. If buildup continues, omit shampoo bar during one wash per week and simply use the ACV rinse. You will find your beautiful self in no time!

Why; Because you, our planet and generations to come can benefit from small changes in our everyday products. Save time. Save money. Save the planet. Be awesome!

Synthetic shampoo bars do not require this transition and are used similarly to standard shampoos; 

Syndet (synthetic detergent) bars are made with ingredients similar to those in liquid shampoos, so you are getting the plastic-reduction benefit of the bar, but not the ingredient-benefit of using a toxin-free, all natural shampoo bar. Our bars are 100% natural, meaning a slight transition in Better Bathing practices is required, but the long-term benefit for your hair, health, wallet and environment are well worth it.

Which bar is best for you?

Cheers; Best for excess oil, dandruff or psoriasis;

Homestead Honey; Best for dry and brittle hair that requires additional moisture. Includes egg, carrot puree and local honey for additional fats and nutrients.

Seiren; Best for that beachy chic look with full body volume and a frizz-free ¨piecey¨ look (separates locks of curly hair).