I have long hair. OK, more than that… I have enough hair on my head for 3 people AND it’s long! I searched long and hard for a natural way to cleanse my locks. I tried everything from “no poo” to expensive “natural” shampoos. Each alternative was either too expensive, didn’t work quite right, or was too time intensive for me. I am a pretty extreme minimalist when it some to beauty treatments, so after about a year of no-poo (which was successful, but it took a lot of work) I was determined to find a shampoo that was free to chemicals and other nasty additives, and didn’t require an extensive process in the shower.
For over a year, I researched and concocted handmade shampoo soap. I made some bars that were OK, some were total flops, and then I found the perfect blend of oils and additives to create lovely locks in an easy to manage routine.
My Original Rosemary shampoo bars are formulated specifically for cleaning hair without leaving your lovely locks filled with soap scum, oils, or frizz. And, the Mango Marshmallow Rosemary shampoo bars provide an alternative for hair that needs some extra protein.
Using a shampoo bar may require one extra rinse for some hair, but the entire process quicker than the no-poo processes I’ve found, and traditional shampoo and conditioner treatments.
Here’s a quick rundown on how to use the shampoo bars, but be sure to check out my full article for the complete run down to healthy, lovely locks or hair with natural shampoo bars:
- Lather up the bar with your hands, and then scrub those suds into your hair. I keep the bar in my hands while I scrub my scalp and hair too.
- Rinse. Your hair will love you more if you avoid super hot water (although I love HOT showers, and my hair still loves these bars)
- Rinse your hair with 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) mixed with 1 cup water. The ACV lowers the PH and closes the cuticles of your hair shaft, reducing frizz and split ends. (I keep a small bottle of ACV and an empty cup in the shower next to my shampoo bar.)
- Rinse it all out with cool water.
- Optionally, massage a bit of flax seed or argon oil into the ends of your wet hair after your towel dry.
Check out the full article on shampoo bars for complete details, and recipes for all natural leave in conditioners.