How to use a handmade shampoo bar
There are many methods dotted around the internet, but in this blog I will comment on what works for me.
It is very easy, but it does involve some change from using commercial products. It is so worthwhile as you may be able to cut out conditioners and drastically reduce your plastic waste. You can find the benefits of shampoo bars elsewhere on this site.
Our shampoo bars contain beneficial oils and butters to nourish your hair, but you need to lather up well and rinse thoroughly to avoid any sticky residues. You will be surprised by how little you need but will soon get the balance right.
Stick with it, as it may take a few washes to clear your hair of silicones and chemicals that may have built up in your hair from prolonged usage of commercial products. Until they are banished, your hair may feel slightly waxy.
So, here are a couple of methods to try. I have used them both successfully.
RUBBING THE BAR ON YOUR HAIR
THOROUGHLY wet your hair. The more water, the more lather you will get. Use water, water everywhere from the roots to the ends.
Rub the shampoo bar along the length of the hair from the forehead back to the ends as if you were combing it. Be gentle and don't overdo it, these bars go a surprisingly long way.
Create the lather by gently massaging your hair and scalp. Keep adding water as necessary until a fine lather forms.
Use your fingers like a comb from the head to the ends to avoid tangling your hair.
Make sure that you have turned ALL the soap into a lovely lather (if you have long hair pay particular attention to the nape of the neck.
Rinse, rinse, rinse. This is vital and will take longer than lathering and washing. If you have long hair, lift up sections to make sure you rinse all over.
Repeat if necessary.
LATHER IN THE HANDS:
THOROUGHLY wet hair as above
Create lather in your hands by rubbing the bar between wet hands
Apply the lather down the full length of your hair from scalp to ends using your fingers as a comb. Add more water as necessary to get a foamy lather.
Gently massage the hair as above.
Rinse, rinse, rinse as above.
Repeat as necessary. You may find this method better if you have long hair. It avoids the chance of leaving soap behind as you are only applying the lather.
There you have it. Simple n'est ce pas? You can wash your hair as often as you like, but as your hair gets used to the natural ingredients you will probably find you won't need to wash it as often as you did with commercial products.
Once your hair has dried enjoy the soft and lovely feel of your hair with a big radiant smile 😁
TIP - You can use our shampoo bars all over your body so give up the shower gel as well. We have handy tins that you can use to take your bar when traveling. X