Are you ready to ditch your liquid shampoo bottle for a more natural alternative? If you have been planning to make this lifestyle change for a long time, natural shampoo bars are an ideal choice for you.
All-natural shampoo bars are gentle to sensitive skin, lower the use of plastics, protect you from harmful chemicals and offer you healthy hair and scalp.
Before switching to the zero waste shampoo bar, there are specific facts that you should be aware of.
What To Anticipate When Switching To Natural Shampoo Bars?
If you are using the natural shampoo bar for the first time, there are chances that you may experience a ‘transition period.’ This period can last between a few days and a few weeks and is highly influenced by numerous factors, such as,
Water in your area
Your hair type and length
How often do you wash your hair
The products and chemicals you have exposed your hair to
During the transition period, you may observe that your hair feels different. It may feel dry, oily, or waxy, or you may feel that there is still product build-up residue in your hair, even after washing. It might be frustrating for you; however, its perfectly normal to experience this phase when transitioning to all-natural shampoo bars.
Don’t worry! We will help you with some tips to sail through this transition period smoothly. But, before that, let’s understand why you experience the transition period.
Why You Experience The Transition Period?
You might be experiencing the transition period due to the ingredients of the shampoo and conditioners you used earlier.
The regular liquid shampoo contains detergent, surfactants, and synthetic ingredients that work under hard and soft water. It will cleanse your hair of product build-up and dirt. However, it will also strip your hair of the natural hair that your scalp produces to condition and clean your hair itself. In the long run, it will cause more damage to your hair.
The build-up of your previous hair care product and how it alters your hair’s health and texture impact how long your hair will take to adjust to the shampoo bar.
How Can You Make The Transition Period Easy For You?
While your hair and scalp adjust to the zero waste shampoo bar, you can make the process easier by taking some help. Using sodium bicarbonate or vinegar rinse while cleansing your hair can help you navigate the unwanted results of the transition.
Incorporating baking soda in your hair cleansing routine can help to clean the build-up that the shampoo bar may cause during the transition period. It also efficiently cleans all the build-up due to the synthetic hair care product.
Before washing your hair with the shampoo bar, you can rinse with a pinch of baking soda mixed with a liter of warm water. Leave it in your hair and wash it together while shampooing your hair.
You can also sprinkle baking soda on your hair while leathering your hair with the shampoo bar. Rinse it together.
Remember, the extensive use of baking soda can make your hair prone to brittleness and tangling.
The vinegar rinse can help your hair adjust easily to the shampoo bar. Natural shampoo reacts with the soluble of the hard water and forms a residue. Vinger rinse will easily wash the build-up from your hair.
You may notice that your need for vinegar rinse declines with every wash as it helps your hair and scalp adjust to your new shampoo bar.
You can buy the vinegar rinse or make your own at home.
We bring you the best DIY vinegar rinse recipe. First, you need to arrange the ingredients shared below:
Vinegar (white vinegar or raw apple cider vinegar). We recommend using natural apple cider vinegar
Essential oils. It is optional, and you can use it to mask the vinegar smell
Mix one part of vinegar with four parts of bottled water. You can add essential oil to the mixture to mask the vinegar smell. You can also use lemon juice instead of essential oils.
Use the mixture after shampooing your hair while ensuring that the thick part of your hair is completely soaked to swipe lingering shampoo deposition.