I have a new love. I have been using my shampoo bar for just over four months now and I have never been so happy with my hair. This may sound like just bragging about a product that I am trying to sell, but I was actually a difficult recruit to the cause.
I have problem hair. It is baby fine. It is curly and frizzy. It is oily and yet dry. My friend R’chel from Cat’s Paw Farm has been extolling the benefits of shampoo bars for a long time, trying to convince me to change. I could understand what she was saying. However, in my head, I was thinking “I know they are great, but I don’t think they will work for me. You just don’t understand.” I had to wash my hair (sometimes twice) each morning. Then I would follow it up with a large amount of conditioner to make it manageable. I didn’t understand how the switch to a shampoo bar could be possible for someone like me.
I really like my soap. I work hard on formulating the best, most beneficial recipes, and using the highest quality ingredients for everything at Wicked Fairy. I believe in my products and I use them. I knew that this meant that I had to at least give the shampoo bars a try.
I could not believe the difference. It turns out that my ‘problem hair’ was largely a problem of my own making and a product of how I was treating it. Remember how I said that my hair was both dry and oily? I was loading down my thin, fine hair with loads of conditioner each day to make it manageable, to be able to get a comb through my curly (frizzy) hair. It was no wonder when, each morning, my hair was oily, greasy, needing to be washed excessively, and so was my face, leaving behind dry skin and hair.
Using the shampoo bar was an instant difference. My hair is no longer excessively greasy. In fact, I can occasionally skip a day of shampooing without feeling gross. I do still use conditioner on my hair occasionally, but considerable less. I apply less than a third of my previous amount, from my nape to the ends of my hair, once or twice a week. That is enough to manage my curls. However, since I am no longer using the harsh commercial shampoos, I am not stripping the natural oils out of my hair and scalp, or encouraging them to overproduce as a result. I cannot believe the difference that this switch in my morning routine made to my overall appearance, and happiness with my hair as a feature.
The shampoo bar is easy to use. It looks like any other bar of soap, except it is specially formulated with hair-friendly oils like jojoba. It can also be used as a body soap. I often use it as such when travelling (or in a hurry). [It is easier to carry only one product to cleanse body and hair, and since it isn’t liquid, you don’t run into annoying TSA regulations.] It has a slightly creamier lather than some of my other soaps, but easily makes enough lather to easily work through your hair. (I just rub my bar gently over my scalp, put the bar down, and then work the lather through the rest of my medium-long hair). Since the shampoo bar is gentler that most commercial shampoo preparations, you just have to remember to gently massage the scalp a bit, rather than concentrating on the hair itself. This will loosen and remove any oil, dirt and dead skin cells from the scalp. A gentle rinse easily removes any remaining shampoo and can be followed by your choice of conditioning product. You can also use a vinegar rinse or similar product of your choice.
I really wish I hadn’t resisted the transition for so long. I cannot believe the difference that switching has made for me, personally. It is quick and easy to use, takes less time than my old routine, and my skin and hair have never looked or felt better. My hair is actually more manageable and I no longer describe it as clown hair (red & frizzy). If you have been on the fence about trying this product, or haven’t been sure that a shampoo bar would work for you as part of your beauty routine, I really recommend that you give it a try.
You can find my favorite here: Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar
Do you use a shampoo bar? Do you have any advice for others looking to make the transistion?