Washing your hair with our fabulous shampoo bar is obviously different from using a conventional liquid shampoo, and the results may feel a little different too, particularly to begin with. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon it after your first hair-washing attempt and go back to the evil plastic shampoo bottle. Read on to find out how to successfully transition from shampoo to shampoo bar.
Because the ingredients in a shampoo bar are significantly different, and the texture is significantly different (one is solid, one is liquid) it make sense that it will be a different sort of hair washing experience.
If you are new to my shampoo bars, here’s how you should get started:
- wet hair really thoroughly; make sure it’s really soaking
- get the shampoo bar in your hands and really rub it round and round to create some lather in hands
- apply this lather to your head and start massaging
- now rub the actual bar directly onto your head and keep rubbing it against your wet, foamy head until you get a decent lather all over.
- pop the shampoo bar back onto the free-draining soap dish so it can dry
- really massage your head all over, giving your whole scalp a really lovely scrub until it’s all foamy, making sure you haven’t missed any sections
- now start rinsing your hair all over with clean water, massage some more, rinse some more until you have absolutely no foam left and your hair feels all clean, a thorough rinse is the key – if you don’t thoroughly rinse, that’s when you may get that waxy feel after
- you shouldn’t need a conditioner, as the ingredients are all so gorgeous and moisturising, and there are no sulphates that will strip away your own natural hair oils.
- wrap in a lovely clean towel and relax
This is how I do my hair and this is what works for me – I have shoulder length slightly crazy, wavy, thick hair. I find I need to lather and foam and massage a fair amount to really get through my hair and onto my scalp, because it’s thick. You may need to adjust these instructions according to your hair type. And don’t forget the thorough rinse.
- bear in mind that there is a transition period, be patient. Conventional shampoos contain all manner of nasty, synthetic ingredients that coat your hair with yuk and rubbish, and your own lovely hair may need a little time to recover from that.
- if your hair feels a little waxy after washing, you need to massage more with the foam you create, and you need to rinse more.
- you may find it helpful to alternative shampoo bars with your old shampoo until your hair adjusts to the different process. Maybe every ever third wash using your old liquid shampoo, then every forth etc until you are sorted.
- if your hair feels dry after washing, apply a little bit of my hair oil to damp ends and brush through. Although long-term, your hair shouldn’t feel dry as these ingredients will not dry your hair. But again, it does depend on your hair type.
- all shampoo bars are not made equal – our gorgeous LJ shampoo bar gives you soft, silky locks, whilst seriously saving the environment. If you are reading this because you bought a different shampoo bar, maybe that one isn’t right for you; try ours, you will not be disappointed.
Here’s what one happy customer says, “just have to say I have jumped out the shower and I’m so happy – your shampoo bar is ace, literally the first bar (and I’ve tried lots) that’s left my hair feeling soft and clean all the way through. Thank you xx”
So once you have got all that sorted, don’t be tempted to wash your hair too often – once you have adjusted to the shampoo bar process, twice a week, or even less, will be ample, because once you start using natural ingredients, your scalp will not be going into overdrive to recreate all the sebum your conventional shampoo striped away. As I’m always saying to my eczema customers, we need sebum, on our skin and on our scalps, it performs such a massively important protective function.
I really hope you find this helpful and it gets you really into the shampoo bar experience. It’s so important that we move away from single-use plastic. Visit our whole zero-waste range here.