Why is Lavender and Tea Tree Solid Shampoo different to other solid shampoos?
Forget all about other ‘shampoo bars’ which are made up of compacted SLS needles and work very much like a bottle of shampoo because they contain the same ingredients just in a dry form. SLS dehydrates and strips the hair and scalp of its normal moisture barrier making it feel ‘squeaky clean’ but, ultimately, destroying the skin and hairs natural defences against moisture and friendly bacteria.
My shampoo bars are made very differently and behave very differently. And here’s why..
I use gorgeous oils like coconut, almond, olive, castor and jojoba in my shampoo bars. I fragrance them with pure essential oils and they take around 4-6 weeks to cure and allow the saponification process to take place. That’s it, no artificial chemicals, no foaming agents, no colours, no softening additives.
How do they work?
When you use my shampoo bars for the first time they will feel very different in your hair to other ones because they are natural. They still foam but you need to rub the bar into your scalp to get a layer of it on your hair, then wet it a bit (best done in the shower) then get the foam going and work it through the rest of your hair.
When you come to rinse it out it might feel weird and squonky (new word I made up on the spot). If it does feel a bit weird like this just use a tiny bit more shampoo and give it another rinse. You may need to do that for the first few uses until your hair gets used to it and you get used to how it feels in your hair. Your hair might take a week or so to adjust to the new product it’s being treated to. Mine was the same. In fact, I’ll be honest, when I made these shampoo bars before 5 years ago I thought they weren’t suitable for my hair type so I gave up after the first time. How wrong I was! Perseverance is key here!
You might need to use a light conditioner afterwards just on the ends of your hair if it’s long or if you usually use conditioner. (And it just so happens that I now make a gorgeous solid conditioner that will be just the job)! Your hair should be easier to brush and will feel soft and bouncy and smell incredible. I found that I couldn’t stop touching and sniffing my hair afterwards as I couldn’t believe I’d just washed it with what was, effectively, a bar of soap!
The shampoo is great for dry, brittle hair and brilliant if you suffer from an itchy, flaky scalp as it won’t strip your scalp of it’s natural moisture barrier due to not having SLS in it. If it feels really odd just persevere and, hopefully, you’ll be converted like I was! The bars are quite small but they last well and, if they are popular, I will do a larger size bar next. These are very much a chance for people to try them out.
So who’s ditching the plastic and the SLS? Join me on my quest for natural hair and a natural bathroom!
Quantative ingredients of Lavender and Tea Tree Solid Shampoo:
sodium cocoate, sodium olivate, sodium sweet almondate, sodium castorate, lavender essential oil (lavandula augustifolia), organic jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis), lemon oil (citrus medica), tea tree essential oil (melaleuca alternifolia).