Making the switch to soap shampoo bars
By Sarah Harper, Nov 22 2018 11:25AM
Over the years I have been asked many questions about our soaps and most recently I am being asked about using our Soap Shampoo. With our increasing awareness of plastic waste many people want to make the switch to a plastic free option whilst still having soft and shiny manageable hair. Bear in mind hair has been washed with soap for much longer that Shampoo, detergents are a relatively new concept in our washing history. Only a few of us will remember having their hair washed with soap and rinsed with vinegar. This knowledge has been lost to time and needs to be rediscovered in the modern era.
I started using our soap as Shampoo 3 years ago and like any new product it took time for my hair to adjust. Soap is very different to shampoo and it will take a bit of perseverance to get used to it and for your hair to adjust to the change. The results with soap can vary hugely depending on your hair type and the water you have in your area but I think the reduction in plastic and the benefits for your skin are worth a little trial an error.
Soap reacts with hard water and can leave a residue in your hair which can make it feel waxy, greasy and heavy. This will vary depending on your water and your hair type, like shampoo one size does not fit all and you will need to experiment to get the best results.
Soap is also more moisturising than Shampoo which can strip your hair and scalp of protective oils, this can mean you hair and scalp feel oily because the soap does not strip your hair and scalp. Your scalp will need to get used to not having to overproduce oil to compensate.
I found for the first few weeks my hair felt lank and greasy and I wondered if I could ever get used to it. I discovered vinegar rinses and I have never looked back. Because soap is alkaline vinegar is the perfect conditioner as it neutralises the hair and scalp and removes the residue and allows the scales on the hair to lay down properly making it smooth.
I use a spray bottle with 1/3 cider vinegar and 2/3 water with a few drops of my favourite essential oil. As a general rule if you have dry hair you need less vinegar and oily hair required more vinegar in your rinse. After rinsing I spray my hair and rub in well and then rinse. Some people find that rinsing it out doesn’t work but for my hair this is ideal. I can also use normal conditioner with it so I have flexibility.
Some people prefer white vinegar and some find a conditioner works after the adjustment period.
My top tips for adjustment are:
1) Rinse rinse rinse to get the soap out of your hair
2) Try a vinegar rinse or even citric acid rinse
3) If you have a lot of product build up you may want to detox your hair with a bicarb rinse before using the soap.
4) Try Different Soaps in our range – some are higher oil that others.
5) If in doubt please contact us for some help and bear in mind it will take time to adjust.
I have started using this soap and ACV rinse. I love it. But there is a bit of a build up and I think this is because I’m in a hard water area. Have you any tips for dealing with this? Would it be helpful to add in a bicarbonate of soda wash every now and then to reduce the build up? Thank you
Rachel, What ratio of vinegar to water are you using? I use 1/3 vinegar 2/3 water but we are in a fairly soft water area. I have not used bicarb before so not sure if that would help. You may need to up the Vinegar and maybe try white vinegar instead as that works better for some people than ACV. If you email me via the contact page we can chat further Sarah