Shampoo Bars 101
These are our top selling product for a reason. Once you go to the bar you don’t come back. Shampoo bars are designed to be used as both your shampoo and your conditioner. Really, they are. Our shampoo bars are rich in oils that leave your hair moisturized while still cleaning your hair. Claire and I both have super curly hair and for decades we have been hair product junkies. I used to use a bottle of conditioner a week. I was convinced that they only way my curls would look like curls was if I slathered them in product. I’ve used everything out there from hot oil treatments to the organic super conditioner. I found myself spending between 10 and 20 dollars a week just on conditioner!!! So, when I say you just need to use the shampoo bar I mean it. Throw your conditioner away. Clear some space in your bathroom and keep your money where it belongs…in your wallet.
How to use: First Step: get your hair wet. Second Step: Lather your shampoo bar. You can create all the lather you need in your hands or you can run your bar three or four times over the length of your hair. Third Step: Distribute the suds. Rub the lather all through your hair and make sure to massage it into your scalp. Seaweed is really great your dry flaky skin and keeping your scalp happy. Fourth Step: Rinse Fifth Step (optional though recommended): Lightly spray your hair with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (check out our Concentrated Herbal Vinegar Rinse) I like to think of this step as the conditioner so I let the vinegar sit in my hair for a bit. I recommend using the vinegar spray for two reasons. First, shampoo bars are a cold process soap which means they are alkaline. Your scalp really likes to be at a neutral pH of 7. Spraying the vinegar neutralizes and balances the pH. Second, vinegar lays the cuticle of the hair shaft down flat. This means that when light hits your hair it bounces back creating shiny gorgeous locks. If you are worried about smelling like a salad for the day, stop worrying right now. The vinegar smell goes away really quickly or you can use our Concentrated Herbal Vinegar Rinse which is in infused with hair and scalp healthy botanicals and essential oils. It really doesn’t smell like vinegar.
What to Expect: The first time you use a shampoo bar you hair will feel different. It will feel cleaner and lighter. Some people say that it feels straw like. This goes away in about a week but could take up to two weeks. Your hair might get oily fast. This is because you scalp is used to over producing oil. With conventional shampoo you are stripping all the oil off of your hair and then replacing it with petrochemicals. Your scalp doesn’t know that you have conditioned so it over produces oil to replace what it thinks you have lost. This means that you actually are shampooing your hair way more often then you need to. This is great for shampoo manufactures but bad for your hair and your wallet. It takes a bit for your scalp to figure out the right amount of oil to produce for your particular hair but once this happens it means that you can go longer between washing your hair. I used to have to wash my hair everyday (really bad for my dry curly hair) but now, using the shampoo bar, I can easily go four days between washings.
How to Choose the Right Shampoo Bar: There are a lot of different shampoo bars out there. When you are choosing the right one for you check the ingredients. Look for high quality oils especially coconut and castor oil. Both of these are really great for you hair. I’ve tried a lot of shampoo and shampoo bars out there and I really do believe that we make the best. We use lots of really high quality oils that are great for your hair, plus those oils are infused with calendula petals and rose-hips. The other reason our shampoo bars are the one to choose is the seaweed. Our bars have two different types of seaweed in them leading to a healthy scalp, and beautiful hair. We make two different shampoo bars. When we first started we only made the Lovely Rita bar, which worked great our our curly dry hair but our straight haired friends (guinea pigs) found that it left their hair oily. This really comes down to the chemistry of the two different hair types. Curly hair is craving moisture while straight hair not so much. Which is why we have two different versions of the Seaweed Shampoo Bar. The Lovely Rita is designed for those people who have curly hair and we mean curly here. If you are a conditioner junkie then this is the bar for you. If your hair is straight, or even wavy try the Sweet Melissa. If you are not sure which one you should choose try the Sweet Melissa first. If you find that your hair could take even more moisture then switch to the Lovely Rita. But remember you need to give your scalp a chance to adjust to the shampoo bar. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who tried shampoo bars and then abandoned them after the first wash because their hair felt different. If they had waited a week or two they would have been hooked!!