Most solid shampoos on the market contain compacted SLS needles which strip the hair and scalp of its protective moisture barrier. My solid shampoo is made differently, with a nutritious blend of natural organic ingredients which work with your hair, not against it.
The vibrant green colour comes from dried nettles. They prevent hair loss and reduce flaky scalp conditions such as dandruff, while rosemary and peppermint essential oils stimulate circulation in the scalp.
Borage oil deals with inflammatory scalp conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
I’ve also added a generous amount of aloe vera gel. It’s a great conditioner, and contains enzymes which repair scalp skin cells and reduce itchiness and dandruff. Along with the nettles, aloe vera also promotes hair growth.
Argan oil boosts production of keratin – the protein that keeps our hair strong, shiny and supple.
Nutritious avocado, coconut and extra virgin olive oils form the base of the shampoo, along with castor oil which stimulates hair growth and ensures the shampoo foams effectively and rinses out well.
How to use your solid shampoo bar – a quick tutorial
- Wet your hair thoroughly, then massage the bar into the scalp from the forehead to the back of the neck using small circular motions.
- Once you’ve built up a good lather, use your fingers to work the shampoo into the scalp, then run your hands down the length of your hair from root to tip. Rinse thoroughly with running water.
- If you find it difficult to work up a lather, or it feels a bit weird, don’t worry. At first, you may need a repeat wash to make sure you’ve got rid of all traces of the synthetic build-up left by traditional shampoo.
Your hair may take about a week to adjust – but trust me, it’s worth persisting. Your hair will be more bouncy, shiny and healthy than you can ever imagine.
Because the shampoo bar doesn’t strip the natural oil from your hair, you may no longer need your usual moisturising conditioner (so that’s another plastic bottle ditched!). Instead, try using my coconut and argan solid hair conditioning bar.
Quantitative ingredients of solid shampoo with nettles and rosemary: sodium avocadoate, sodium cocoate, sodium olivate, sodium castorate, dried nettles (urticara dioaca), aloe vera gel (aloe barbadensis), organic argan oil (argania spinosa), organic borage oil (borago officianalis), organic rosemary essential oil (rosemarinus officianalis), organic peppermint essential oil (mentha pipera).