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The Ultimate Guide To Natural Shampoo 54

Natural Shampoo – The Ultimate Guide

I’m sure a lot of you want to know what to expect when switching to natural shampoo and conditioner bars before you dive right in and give it a go. I want to share with you all the information you need to know before moving on to natural shampoo.

So here is my guide on using natural shampoo and how to care for your hair without the use of chemicals.

I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy at first, some of you may be lucky and it works out great from the get go but for others of you, myself included, it will be somewhat of a difficult process. Having gotten through it now my hair is so much healthier and better off as a result.

If you really do want to stop putting chemicals into your hair and skin then read on and find out more about why it is sooooo much healthier for you,  your hair……and of course the environment.

We stock a variety of natural solid shampoo and conditioner bars.

 

Transition from chemical to natural shampoo:

When switching to a natural shampoo bar there is what’s called a transition period, for some it may only last a week or two but for others it can take up to 2 months, this is how long it took me to get through it and trust me if I can do it so can you and I promise you won’t regret it either!

Everyone’s hair is different which is why the time period can vary so much from one person to another but the outcome will always be the same…..your hair will be healthy, naturally shiny and in far, far better condition.

I have ridiculously long and thick hair, it takes some serious maintenance to look after it, but I was so committed to stop using chemical shampoos with SLS and parabens in them. I was prepared to get through the transition period no matter what it took.

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The reasoning:

Traditional shampoos contain synthetic chemicals such as fragrances, SLS and Parabens, SLS is the chemical that completely strips your hair of everything including healthy natural oils. These shampoos then start to leave their very own synthetic chemicals and residues in your hair, scary right?

Using conventional shampoos and conditioners may feel great at first but it is actually quite damaging to the hair and skin, they tend to give a false sense of healthy hair. Many of your typical conditioners contain different forms of silicones which smoothes the hair initially but after continue use your hair will feel more and more dry and damaged! This is down to the silicone completely coating your hair, building up a layer that prevents moisture from penetrating the hair. Eventually this will dry out your hair, it may be hard to notice because this coating gives the feeling of silky smooth hair when deep down your hair is suffering. Of course there are different types of silicones, but generally they aren’t too good for your hair.

If you are looking for a healthier and natural option when choosing shampoo, then the best you can do is use 100% natural shampoo bars.

Once you first start using natural shampoo bars you may notice your hair getting very oily, this is your body over producing natural oils to try and compensate for all that has been stripped when using synthetic shampoos.

It may also feel waxy and sticky, which I must admit is a bit of a nightmare, especially when you have long hair. This stickiness is where your hair has a build up of of synthetic chemicals and residues from the previously used shampoos.

Natural shampoo bars are extremely gentle and won’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils unlike those that contain SLS and other harsh synthetic chemicals. This is why it takes time for your hair to get through the transition period, it can take time for the natural shampoo to get rid of this build up of residues. 

So you do need to have a little bit of patience until your hair is completely rid of the residue build up and once your scalp has balanced out it’s natural oil production. But trust me once you have gotten through this your hair will feel better than ever, naturally nourished and full of life!

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My hair towards the end of my transition period, looking much healthier but still a bit sticky!

 

How To Get Through It:

There are a few tips and tricks which make it so much easier getting through the transition period. Preparation is key to making it simpler and making it less likely you will go back to synthetic shampoo.

1. Make sure you buy some apple cider vinegar, it can be bought in glass bottles or you can use our formulated Vinegar Rinse. Also get some baking soda, this can be found in cardboard boxes at the supermarket or you can buy it online.

2. Don’t be tempted to use commercial shampoo as you will have to start this process all over again, trust me you don’t want to do that.

3. Use a natural conditioner bar (you can find them here) on the ends of your hair if neccessary, please please please don’t use a traditional conditioner with a natural shampoo bar.

4. Make sure to brush your hair from the roots all the way down to the ends at least twice a day. This will pull all the natural oils to the tips of your hair, keeping it nourished and healthy.

 

Once you are prepared and ready to go:

 

The first stage: Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a pint of water and pour onto your scalp while scrubbing in.

This mixture will unclog the pores that have been coated in silicone and synthetic waxes, allowing them to breathe and release the natural sebum.

Then use a natural shampoo, we stock a range in our shop here.

I would recommend only using this method once a week and only in the beginning of your transition period.

 

Second stage:  If your hair still feels waxy or sticky then next time use a vinegar rinse. Add 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (A.C.V) to 1 cup of cool water.

You can experiment with more or less A.C.V (dry hairs like less and oily hair likes more). You can also add essential oils of your choice and even herbs.

Once you have washed your hair with natural shampoo, pour the A.C.V mix over your hair, massage into your hair and scalp then leave to sit for a few minutes.

Then rinse out with cool water. A.C.V protects the outer layer of the hair and closes the cuticles, which gives the hair it’s natural shine.

I would only recommend using the ACV rinse once every two weeks as it can be quite drying if used too often.

 

Once every two weeks (continue use): If you want your hair to really shine then you can use the A.C.V mixture in a spray bottle, after washing as normal, spray the mix onto your hair then leave to sit.

After a couple of minutes rinse with cool water then leave to dry.

Your hair will be looking and feeling healthier than ever.

 

Top Tips For Technique:

You can also watch my video on using a natural shampoo bars here and a video on my experience and top tips here.

Use as much shampoo as you need during your transition period – you may find you go through the shampoo bars a bit quicker during your transition period, this is just to really make sure you are cleaning your hair properly and trying to get rid of that build up of residues and excess oil. Use as much shampoo as you need to get the job done.

Add water – water is the key to building up a good lather, make sure your hair is soaking and add a little bit of water when you feel you need to lather up a bit more. You can do this by wetting your hands and lathering the shampoo bar in your hands or adding more water to your hair (only a little at a time).

Really work it – working up a good lather is what really makes all the difference. Because 100% natural shampoo bars do not contain SLS or other synthetic foaming agents, it can be a little more work to build up the lather. Use your hands to lather the bar up first and then you can use the lather from your hands or then rub the bar directly onto your hair, depending on what works best for you.

Parting the hair – this is what changed everything for me! I was finding that my roots and ends were feeling super clean and soft but my crown and lengths were still sticky and oily. As soon as I parted my hair into two sections it was a game changer. I found I could reach my crown and the really oily parts of my hair much easier, as I worked the shampoo really well into the crown and lengths this got rid of the issue once and for all.

 

Extra Tips For Healthy Hair:

Here are a few essential oils that have benefits for your hair and scalp (you can mix this into your A.C.V mix):

 

Hair Growth:

Vitamin E – Full of antioxidants and promotes healthy hair growth

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Rosemary- Packed with antioxidants and stimulates hair follicles

Thyme – Increases the blood flow to the scalp and rejuvenates hair follicles.

Cyprus – Improves blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles for optimal hair growth

 

Dry And Damaged Hair:

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Almond – Soothes and moisturises

Cedarwood – Stimulates hair follicles

Geranium – Strengthens hair

Jojoba Oil – Moisturises and add nutrients

Sandalwood – Helps with dry ends

 

Oily Hair:

Basil – Promotes hair growth and improves blood circulation

Lemon – Helps balance natural oil production, adds shine

Lemongrass – Balances oil production and strengthens hair follicles

Rosemary – Balances sebum production and stimulates hair growth

 

Dandruff and Itchy Scalps:

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Ylang Ylang – Antiseptic, soothes and conditions

Thyme – Antiseptic, rejuvenates hair follicles

Tea Tree – Soothes, moisturizes and relieves itchiness

Rosemary – Clears pores and helps prevent itchy scalps

Patchouli – Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties

 

Blonde Hair:

Lemon – Adds a natural shine

Chamomile – Brightens and highlights

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this huge essay of a blog, I think it’s extremely important that you have as much information as possible when switching to natural hair care. I know that a lot of you may be worried about changing it up because of course we love our hair and want it to be as healthy as possible. But seriously you won’t regret switching to natural hair care, the proof will be there when your hair is looking incredible and feeling so so soft.

54 Comments

  1. hi, am just starting this journey (all going well once i realised that baking soda is bicarb of soda and not baking powder…that was a sticky mistake!)
    Just wondering about advice for styling and protecting from heat. I don’t do that much styling but i assume that loading my hair with product once I’ve switched to lovely chemical free hair would be a shame!

    1. Hi Nicola

      Thank you for getting in touch 🙂

      I would definitely recommend using a natural form of hear protection because once you start putting synthetic products in your hair you will have to go through the transition period again while your hair gets rid of the man made chemicals.

      There are natural oils that you can use which behave very similarly to the silicones in heat protecting hair products. These natural oils create a protective barrier around the hair cuticle, helping to prevent damage while protecting the hair from the heat! Plus they will help nourish your hair and give it a lovely natural shine.

      The best natural alternatives are grapeseed oil, shea butter or almond oil. Just don’t put too much in your hair and make sure to really spread the oil or butter out evenly. Really work it in and comb it through thoroughly before styling. These work great and are completely natural!

      I hope this helps, let me know how you get on or if you have any more questions.

      Charlotte

      1. Thanks, I’ll try that. Still in the sticky stage but will persevere.
        Just realised that going to the hairdresser might scupper all this but they use organic products so hopefully it will be ok!

  2. I was just about to ask the same question as I too started the journey last night and then came to straighten my hair this morning and thought it would be silly to put a load of chemicals in again! I will definitely try the above. PS I too had to google baking soda as I already had some bicarb of soda in but wast sure if it was the same thing lol 🙂

    1. Hi there, so a few weeks ago I started using shampoo bars and I am determined to not go back… However I am really struggling! My hair is always greasy/oily after I’ve washed it and it had dried. I have quite thick shoulder length red hair????????‍???? I used to wash my hair twice a week now I feel like I’m washing it every over day, help please? The first wash I used the bicarbonate of soda rinse and then shampoo bar and have used apple cider vinegar rinse twice but I do not like the apple cider vinegar rinse, it seems to make my hair more greasy than just washing it with a shampoo bar…

      1. Hi Sarah

        Thank you for getting in touch, I know it can be tough going through the transition period and it can just take time to get through it.

        I do have a video on how I use shampoo bars which may help:

        https://www.instagram.com/tv/BwMlrzSnoS_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=d2z1i9sku1ye

        I would recommend only using the ACV rinse once every 2 weeks as it can be quite drying and the bicarbonate wash only once a week and only in the beginning. It can take time for your hair to balance out the natural oils which is why you may go through oily stages.

        I know it can be hard but it really is worth it 🙂

        Many thanks

        Charlotte

      2. Hi Sarah,
        I am keen to switch to all natural shampoo bars, but when I have tried in the past I have experienced the same oily/greasy problem as you…have you had any more success, or have you had to give up? I’m hoping your story has a happy ending that will inspire me to try again!

        1. Hi Jen

          Yes I have now been using shampoo bars for a while now and absolutely love them, my hair feels and looks so much healthier, it grows quickly and I barely have to use any conditioner because natural shampoo bars don’t dry out your hair. Keep trying, it truly is the best thing for your skin, hair and the planet.

          I have also done some videos on using shampoo bars which are on our IGTV channel, I would definitely recommend checking those out 🙂

  3. What advice do you have re natural air colourants??

  4. Really keen to make the transition. Just had a quick question regarding hairdressers? What is the solution here to avoid undoing all the hard work?

    1. Hi Emily,

      Thank you for getting in touch. With regards to the hairdressers, the best option would be to ask if you can take your own shampoo and conditioner with you or to wash your hair before you go and arrive with wet hair.

      It does depend on the hairdresser, but I do find once you explain, they don’t mind. It is better to double check beforehand with them so you can work with them on it. Either pop in before your appointment or give them a call.

      With any synthetic styling products, it is best not to use them as well, so again just ask if you could not have any products put on your hair afterwards.

      I hope this helps.

      Charlotte

  5. Hi – I’m in the sticky stage of transition (it’s been a week and a half and trying to rinse this stuff out drives me nuts but I’m perservering!). I have my hair coloured (Aveda so includes a lot of natural products, but not entirely natural) so I can’t wash my hair before I go to the hairdresser – if I just let them use their Aveda shampoo and conditioner there, just once every couple of months, will it really put me back into such a long transition time again? Or am I likely to be able to get over it within a couple of days as there won’t be any previous build up?
    Also – how can I package these for travelling? If I wash my hair first thing, and then have to travel within an hour or so, the bar will still be wet – what should I do with it to pack it??
    Thanks

    1. Hi Amanda

      I know it can be tough getting through, but once you get the hang of what works best for you it will get so much easier.

      I would recommend trying a different technique when it comes to the bars to see what works for you best. If you are struggling at the moment I would recommend the following:

      1) Try rubbing the shampoo onto your hands and then using your hands to really rub the shampoo into your hair and scalp. I did find that with some shampoo bars, rubbing them directly on my hair made it so much worse.
      2) Use only a very small amount of shampoo and really spread it out, use even less on the ends of your hair. You really don’t need a lot, even if you feel it isn’t lathering as much as you would like, it is more about really rubbing it in and spreading it. We have been used to a lot of lather from traditional shampoo, but with natural shampoos it is unnecessary, they work in a different way.
      3) Rinse extremely thoroughly, ensuring all the shampoo is out.
      4) Try not using any solid conditioner, until your hair has gone through the transition period. If you feel you do need to use natural conditioner, use only the tiniest amount and only on the ends.

      Once I starting getting the amount of shampoo to use just right for my hair as well as the right technique, I was no longer having issues with the waxiness or stickiness. Now my hair is lovely and soft and in great health! I do understand how difficult it can be though, my transition period lasted longer than 2 months but as soon as I figured out how to really use the natural shampoo it was all good.

      Personally I haven’t used the Aveda brand so I am unsure of what effect it will have on the transition period or if you will have to go through it again or not. I would suggest to give it try and see how you go. I should think it won’t be too bad, as you say the build up won’t be nowhere near as bad, but obviously I can’t say for sure as I haven’t used their shampoo and conditioner.

      In regards to travelling with bars of shampoo and conditioner etc, I tend to use a tin or stainless steel container or wrap them in a flannel or wrap them in a one of my wax wraps (generally for food but they actually work great with bars of shampoo and soap.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  6. I’m thinking of giving this a go, what do you suggest it respect of hair spray? I need to set my hair once styled otherwise it is horrendous as it is so fine and fly away

    1. Hi Sabrina,

      I know that quite a few people use Argan oil to tame frizzy hair, this might also help keep your hair in place too. There are also recipes on Pinterest for lemon or orange hair spray, salt spray is another popular alternative. A mixture of shea butter, jojaba oil and beeswax also helps to set hair while nourishing it rather than damaging it.

      I hope this helps, it is definitely worth checking out DIY recipes on Pinterest.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  7. Thank you so much for your help, because the bar was a gift I hadn’t read the blog but now I understand what to do. I am going to the hairdressers to have my hair dyed this week ( I’m sure there are all sorts of issues with that too but one step at a time!) I will go back to using the bar after that, following your advice. Once I get through transition I’ll take the bar when I have my hair dyed ( the only time I go to a salon to have my hair washed) I use Moroccan oil as my conditioner ( only in the very ends of my hair) is this all a ‘sensible strategy?’

  8. Hi, I started this journey a week and half ago, it’s tough!! Let me give you some background. I have long, down to my lower back, hair that is relatively fine but there’s quite a lot of it and I don’t just mean because it’s long! It is home coloured blonde (every 2 3 months I’d say) and using chemical laden shampoos and conditioners I would wash my hair roughly every 3 days. I haven’t used a hair dryer etc in forever and I thought my hair was in reasonable condition.
    Since starting this my hair has been so sticky! I would say the first inch from my roots is fine but the rest is pretty horrible. I’m trying to stick to my usual 3 days between washes but I’m having to always put my hair up as I can’t manage it otherwise. I’ve been using a bicarbonate of soda rinse before washing it with a lavender shampoo bar and an ACV rinse afterwards. I think it’s finally starting to be less sticky after 3 washes.

    I guess my question is, am I doing things right? Should I be washing it a little more frequently while it’s going through the transition? Can I add things like lavender to the ACV rinse to try and help condition it? HELP!!!!

    1. Hi Siobhan

      I am sorry for the late reply.

      I would highly recommend parting your hair into several sections and really working the shampoo into the scalp but most importantly into those areas that are getting really sticky. This may take you longer than washing your hair with typical synthetic shampoo but it will really help and your hair will thank you.

      Really work the shampoo bars into a lather and continue working it into every part of the hair right the way down to the ends where you don’t have to be so thorough.

      Parting my hair really works for me and now my hair is in the best condition it has ever been and I no longer get any stickiness or waxiness. All I can say is it does take time for your hair to rid itself of the residues left from synthetic products and for your scalp to balance out the oils, but if you give it enough time and find a technique that works (parting the hair) then you will get through it and you will never go back.

      The only thing I am not too sure on is if the chemicals in the hair dye will affect the natural shampoo, you may just have to go through a mini transition period but I can’t see it being as bad. I wouldn’t recommend using the shampoo and conditioners that come with the dye as this will definitely affect natural shampoo but of course it is entirely up to you.

      Yes you can add essential oils to the ACV rinse to help condition your hair 🙂

      I hope this helps.

      Please let me know how you go and if you have any more questions at all.

      Charlotte

  9. hi Charlotte, First of all, thank you for all of this. I am almost a month in. I think (hope) it is getting there but very slowly so I am really wondering if I am doing something wrong. I wonder, would you do (or do you already have) a video of this process – from how much shampoo to lather up in your hand through to the technique of working it in etc. It would help a great deal to actually see the whole thing. is there a video you can recommend? thank you so much!

    1. Hi Melinda

      I do have a video on explaining the transition period but also some more tips on the technique of using shampoo bars.

      Definitely worth checking the video out: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Bt-0d7OHqCz/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1gk8ayjhy6v4a

      I will be posting a video of me actually using the shampoo bar too very soon so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram 🙂

      I have now been using shampoo bars for quite a while now and would recommend to just keep lathering up the bar and really work it in until you are happy the shampoo has really got to every part of your scalp, crown and hair. Parting the hair really helps too. I part my hair into two sections and this really helps me to work in the shampoo to the parts that get the most oily such as the crown, above the ears and hair that rests on the neck.

      Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions.

  10. Hello,
    I’ve been using Neal’s Yard shampoos, but today changed to all natural shampoo bar. I then did an ACV wash and then used a natural conditioner specifically for dry/itchy scalps. I suffer with scalpel eczema and was hoping this would help, but now my hair has dried I’m still quite flakey.
    Is this normal? A part of the transition period or…?
    I can’t find anything to suggest that this is normal and would love guidance…

    1. Hi Vieve

      During my transition period I did go through a particularly dry phase and as soon as I started coming out of the transition period my scalp had now worked out how much natural oil to produce which then helped keep my scalp flake free.

      However if you do particularly suffer with this, it is hard to know for sure if it will stop when you come out of the transition period.

      I would recommend out coconut milk shampoo bar and using like you said a conditioner especially for dry/itchy scalp and using it as like a mask and allow it to really soak in.

      I hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  11. Hi, I have just started using my shampoo bar and was wondering if it was okay to wash your hair everyday as before I tried to leave a couple of days between my washes to not overwash my hair. Would it speed up the process if I use it everyday or would it make it worse?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Marinka

      You can wash your hair every day with our natural shampoo bars but to be honest I am not too sure if it will make any difference in the sense of making your transition period go quicker. It may do, but I can’t say for sure.

      Unfortunately it is all down to time and allowing your hair to naturally rid itself of the synthetic residues, because our natural shampoo is so gentle on the hair and doesn’t strip your hair like SLS shampoos do, it takes time for your hair to get remove the residues left over.

      I hope this helps, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  12. Hi,
    I’m looking to buy a natural shampoo and conditioner bar to take travelling with me. I will just be using these in isolation as I don’t want to be carrying the baking soda and ACV with me. Will this be ok? How many washes does each bar last for?
    Also can I use the shampoo on my 9 month old baby?

    1. Hi Laura

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It isn’t a must to use baking soda and ACV during your transition period, it may just help. Just using the shampoo bar and conditioner bars on their own will be fine. It just takes time to get through the transition period but stick with it and the benefits are incredible 🙂

      I would recommend using an unscented shampoo bar such as the Bain & Savon Coconut Milk bar or the Primal Suds Unscented Nonscents shampoo bar.

      I hope this helps 🙂

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  13. Hi Charlotte,

    I’m on my third wash… and it’s not good ????
    I got friendly shampoo bar as it was the only one sold at my local pumpernickel shop so I went for it.
    Firs wash – sticky very waxy hair.
    Second, my scalp feels better and some strands feel better but overall not a pretty look????
    Third- I used raw coconut for an hour before wash hoping it will condition and perhaps make it better, nope it didn’t. Scalp feels ok but the lengths – awful. I pretty much wear pony tail non stop now.
    I use acv rinse with mother each time. Hasn’t tried the soda yet. Would that make a difference? Shall I use both at the same wash?

    I have a long, extremely thick hair. Not curly, a bit wavy but thick. I colour it twice a year. We live in a hard water earea.
    Is there any bar that you think would be better for a thick hair? Happy to try anything:)
    I’m just worried that my hair will never get used to it!

    Thank you
    Agnes

    1. Hi Agnes

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It does take time for your hair to rid itself of the synthetic residues, to be honest it really is just waiting it out and giving your hair the time it needs to go back to it’s natural state. If your roots feel okay I would say a soda wash wouldn’t make the difference as it is mainly used for the scalp and roots.

      If it it the lengths that seem to be giving you the most grief I would definitely recommend parting the hair into sections so you can really get into the lengths parts that are more difficult to get to. This made all the difference for me as I have very thick hair too. I would also recommend watching my video:

      https://www.instagram.com/tv/BwMlrzSnoS_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=d2z1i9sku1ye

      With colouring your hair this could affect the transition period if you are using the salon’s shampoo and conditioners but you could ask if you can wash it before you go.

      It can take some times for your hair to get through but when you do it really is the best thing for your hair and the planet. It is definitely worth sticking with it 🙂

      Many thanks

  14. Hi there. I recently started using shampoo soap bars and I’m definitely going through the transition period at the moment. I thought I had good-quality shampoo before with no silicones and parabens but they must still have been laden with other chemicals. I have naturally curvy/wavy hair and it’s getting even curlier in the transition period which I don’t mind too much. What I was wondering though is the mix between shampoo bar, baking powder (or is it bicarbonate of soda you’re recommending?) and ACV rinse. In what order should they be used? Do I have to use them together every time or only during the transition period? I started using the ACV rinse in a bottle to bring to the shower but should I also stock up on bicarb for daily use? Thanks for your advice.

    1. Hi Laura

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It’s baking soda 🙂

      I wouldn’t recommend using either very often as they can dry your hair out and only the baking soda during your transition period. You don’t even need to use them together, I would recommend using baking soda wash one time (every two weeks and only while your roots are waxy) and the the vinegar rinse another time you wash your hair (every two weeks). You can continue using the vinegar rinse after your transition period to help maintain shiny hair, but use it at the most once every two weeks.

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions at all.

      Charlotte

  15. Much thanks to you such a great amount for your assistance, on the grounds that the bar was a blessing I hadn’t perused the blog however at this point I comprehend what to do. I am heading off to the beauticians to have my hair colored for the current week (I’m certain there are a wide range of issues with that too yet slowly and carefully!) I will return to utilizing the bar from that point onward, following your recommendation.

  16. I’ve been in the waxy/sticky phase for about 4 weeks, really hoping it will stop soon but going to keep going. Bit confused over the baking soda. Is it bicarbonate of soda or baking powder?

    1. Hi Carly

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It’s bicarbonate of soda 🙂

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

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  18. Hi Charlotte,
    Especially the tips like the baking soda were something I find very useful. Both my wife and I love these tips. Thanks!

  19. Hi Charlotte,

    Thanks a lot for this article and all your precious advice. I was about to give up on shampoo bar before I read your article. I am in the transition phase and it is quite challenging … But now that I have a bit more information, I understand why.
    Problem is, I don’t want to dye my hair now that I have started to use only natural products on my hair and especially because I don’t want to go through the transition phase again but I have white hair … How can I get rid of these without dying my hair and ruining my whole journey towards natural hair??

    1. Hi Anne

      There are options for dying your hair a more natural way, although we don’t currently stock natural hair dye at the moment you can purchase box dyes from Holland & Barrett or LUSH. The main ingredients you want to avoid is synthetic fragrances, SLS (sodium Lauryl Sulphate), parabens and silicones. If you avoid these ingredients then you should be fine to use the dye on your hair without it affecting your hair too much.

      We are currently looking for a natural hair dye that is plastic free as well, it is proving quite difficult but we will keep looking 🙂

      I hope this helps.

      Charlotte

  20. Hi

    Baking soda is the same as bicarbonate of soda as far as I can tell, the only other thing is baking powder and you don’t mean that do you? It has other things added to it.

    Thanks
    Anna

    1. Hi Anna

      Thank you for getting in touch, I am referring to bicarbonate of soda 🙂

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  21. Thank you Charlotte for sharing information about Natural shampoo. Actually i like to discuss about my dandruff issue i put many things on scalp to get rid of it but i will try this natural shampoo…Good work keep doing like this

  22. Hi,
    I’m trying to transition to sls free shampoo bars. I’ve been using them for 3-4 weeks.
    I’m very happy with the end result but I HATE washing my hair. Putting in the shampoo is fine, washes nicely but as soon as I rinse it out I cannot move my fingers over or through my hair at all which makes rinsing the shampoo out incredibly difficult. It also pulls on the roots of may hair a lot and I feel I am losing a little more hair than before. I’ve been using an apple cider vinegar rinse, with some tea tree oil to help with the vinegar smell, to help me rinse out the soal but it is very difficult to apply as I can’t get my hands into my hair and I have to use a lot to ease this. As I say, once it’s dry I have no problems.
    Any tips or advice on how to help with the washing process? As I really want to keep using shampoo bars but washing is really difficult.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Kat

      This definitely got better over time with my hair, although I now leave my hair to dry before brushing or combing through, this seems to work best for me but I would say if you do like to brush your hair when it is wet, I would recommend using a comb not a brush, this will limit and reduce any damage caused to your hair.

      I should think as long as your hair is all okay when dry then you have gotten through the transition period so it will only get better as your hair gets healthier.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  23. I was getting on ok from the start with my bar, then took them on holiday where my hair went off the scale disgusting: no amount of rinsing or cider vinegar could help: any idea why? (My hair was back to not al when I got home again). Could it have been the swimming pool chemicals!? Also my hairdresser told me my hair lacked hydration; I struggle to get much of the conditioner bar in the ends: is there an alternative – a leave in mask equivalent?

    1. Hi Jess

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      It could well be from the swimming pool, to be honest I am not entirely sure as I haven’t heard of this happening before. I’m glad it went back to normal again when you were back. May I ask if your hairdresser told you this after you got back from holiday? It could have been from the sun, swimming pool or the cider vinegar (if used too often). If you do still feel your hair needs conditioner but you don’t get on with the bars, I would highly recommend the Beauty Kubes Conditioning mask or the liquid conditioner. Alternatively you could use a very small amount of coconut oil on the ends/dry parts of your hair. Add a very small amount to wet hair after washing and leave in 🙂

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  24. I was told not to use shampoo bars that are saponified like soap – as the ph is just to high for the scalp. So I have been using ethique shampoo bars and had absolutely no transition period – does this mean ethique bars are full of chemicals?

    1. Hi Liz

      After using natural shampoo bars for some times now, I am not too sure what they mean by this statement and whether it applies to natural shampoo bars. My hair has never been in such great condition, and it grows super fast and so I don’t believe that Ethique’s statement applies to 100% natural shampoo bars, personally I prefer using 100% natural products and have seen first hand the benefits. I do believe their shampoo bars contain synthetic ingredients, you could ask them or look up the ingredients that you don’t understand to double check.

      I think it really is down to whether or not you mind synthetic ingredients or semi-synthetic ingredients, if you are looking for a plastic free alternative then shampoo bars that contain synthetic ingredients may work for you perfectly, it really is down to personal preference. I would always recommend using a conditioner as semi-natural cleansing agents and synthetic ingredients tend to dry the hair out. We do also stock shampoo that are mostly natural but contain a semi-natural cleansing agent which is why most people don’t tend to get a transition period, but again I would recommend using a natural conditioner.

      If you are ever unsure of ingredients in products I would double check and ask the producer as they will be able to tell you if they contain synthetic ingredients or not 🙂

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions at all.

      Many thanks

      Charlotte

  25. Hello Charlotte, writing from Mexico here! I started my transition this tuesday and it’s been hard. Im going to give it a try to the baking soda and the ACV. I also bought the solid conditioner to use, do you think that’s necessary? or its better if i don’t use a conditioner? because its been really oily and greasy and I wonder is because the solid conditioner. If my hair looks dry at the ends should i use some oil?

    Thanks, Alexandra

    1. Hi Alexandra, I would recommend not using a conditioner until you are out of the transition period. It can slow the transition down and make your hair even more waxy! Make sure you are using plenty of shampoo, the more the better. Try separating your hair and washing a section at a time. Once you are through the transition i would still recommend to only use the conditioner on the ends of your hair when they start to feel dry and not on the crown. I only need to use a conditioner once every few washes as the shampoo bars are really conditioning themselves!

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  28. Hello Charlotte,

    do you reckon using a blonde hair shampoo bar will damage my natural brown colour?

    Thanks in advance, Ekaterina

    ekaterina stoilova
    1. Hi Ekaterina

      You should have no problem using any of the natural shampoo bars regardless of what hair colour you have. They are all natural and do a great job. We all love them 🙂

      Hope this helps.

  29. Hi there,
    I’m in week one of transitioning and already out of the oily, sticky period (thankfully!) but I have very curly, thick hair (shoulder length) and the only time I would ever comb it was when it was wet, at the conditioning stage. There’s no way I can do that at the moment – my hair is very brittle (it breaks if I try and run my fingers through it wet) and very tangled and it feels like it’s stripped of all oils, entirely. So it’s quite painful to comb wet and brushing it dry is not really an option either (lots of knots). I’ve been using the smallest amount of natural conditioner but it’s not making my hair feel smooth and tangle-free at the moment. Do you have any tips that can help? I’ve been reading that people use coconut oil – is that something that could work for me? All advice is much appreciated!

    1. Hi there, I would recommend using 100% natural coconut oil or shea butter. This can really help to detangle and to tame any unwanted frizz! I have quite thick hair so I know that it getting tangled can be a nightmare, I use the Bain & Savon conditioner bar every other way, but I only use it on the ends of my hair and find that this works too! If you need any more help please just let us know

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