Why Is There A Shampoo Bar Transition Period?
The most common feedback we receive from new shampoo users goes like this...
"I just love the idea of using an all natural shampoo, but my hair feels funny!"
Although we have many customers who have no adjustment problems at all, weird or funny feeling hair is not an uncommon issue, even after several weeks of use.
The transition period can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month. It really depends on how damaged your hair is, how much residue and build-up is present and some has to do with your genetics.
When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles or frizz and the hair shafts may feel weird or waxy.
This is your hair, which has been addicted to chemical-laden shampoo, literally freaking out, going through withdrawal, and learning to live a chemical-free life. It's not easy!
It will go away! It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft and silky hair.
There isn't one common thread among people who have adjustment issues, but there are some common reasons your hair may feel different as you bring your hair back to its natural, healthy state.
A New Product
As commercial detergent shampoos strip away the natural protective oils, your scalp produces more oil to compensate. Your scalp becomes conditioned to this vicious cycle of excess oil production.
As you transition to a natural shampoo bar, your scalp needs time to rebalance scalp oil production. During this transition period, hair may feel extra greasy or heavy.
Since we use only natural ingredients in our soap bars and the chemicals in commercial shampoos make for quite a different shampoo experience. You may notice your hair feels different immediately after washing because your hair is accustomed to the squeaky clean feel of detergent based shampoo.
There is often a transition period as you switch from your chemical laden shampoo to a natural shampoo bar-- it varies by person and hair type. Your hair may have increased tangles, more frizz and hair may even feel waxy.
Your hair literally has to learn how to live without the chemicals.
The Wrong Shampoo Bar
Another common problem for those new to shampoo bars is that they aren't using the right bar for their hair type. It's important to remember everyone’s hair type is unique. Each of our soap bar recipes is unique--try different samples.
Not sure where to start-- here are some great bars to get you started:
All-Natural Peppermint Tea Tree
All-Natural Sweet Citrus
All-Natural Rosemary Mint
All-Natural Activated Charcoal
All-Natural Peppermint Tea Tree
All-Natural Coffee Soap
All-Natural Totally Naked Soap
All-Natural Peppermint Tea Tree Soap
For tips on how to use our Bars as Shampoo, this is a great tutorial:
Hard water can make it more difficult to create a good lather and to rinse all of the shampoo from your hair. You will feel the gummy soap residue in your hair, especially if your hair is long. If you have hard water, try using distilled water to rinse or a shower filter head.
- Another little trick is to add a pinch of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Use this solution to wet hair before shampooing. It can help the shampoo bar lather better and thus rinse out more thoroughly.
Build Up: Our all natural soap bars do not strip hair in the same way as detergent based shampoos. Our gentle bars may have a difficult time removing the build-up of chemicals that have been deposited in your hair over the years.
To remove residue try a baking soda clarifying rinse.
Simple Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse Recipe
Regular household baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use. Baking soda naturally lifts grease and product residue from your hair.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 - 2 cups warm water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or cup. Wet hair and spray or pour the rinse on your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo with your regular shampoo.
Or simply add less than a teaspoon of baking soda to the shampoo bar lather already in your hair. Add a bit more water and shampoo.
Quick Tips To Make Your Transition Easier!
Change Your Shampoo Technique: The "weird hair" feeling happens most often when the soap residue does not completely rinse out of your hair. Be sure to work up a good lather and rinse, rinse, rinse. You might find it helpful, especially in the beginning, not to rub the bar directly on your hair. Try using a puff or a sponge to create foam, and only use the foam to wash.
To Help Rinse Clean & Reduce Tangles: Use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse.
After a bit of experimenting, we believe you can find a truly natural shampoo bar that lathers well, rinses out completely, and leaves your hair feeling clean, soft silky and radiantly healthy.